Zoo worker in zebra get-up attempts escape during drill

A Japanese zoo ran a earthquake drill where an employee dressed as an animal tried to break through its enclosure.

The staff members of a zoo in Japan are taking earthquake drills into their own – er – paws?

Staff at Tama Zoo outside Tokyo has been practicing how to recapture animals who escape during an earthquake – by dressing up as the animals themselves.

The BBC posted a video of the strange drill, in which one employee dressed as a zebra tries to elude a barricade set up by emergency workers holding out a net.

The "zebra" was eventually tranquilized, the BBC reported. The video shows the zebra wavering before falling dramatically.

According to Japan Today, visitors at the Tama Zoo were evacuated ahead of the drill. The exercise included not only an escaped animal, but also a keeper who pretended to be severely injured during the attempt to net the zebra.

Japan Today said the escape scenario included a stone wall broken by one of the earthquakes Japan regularly experiences.

The Tama Zoo is not the only one using the practice drill. A different Japanese zoo, Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, used a staff member dressed as a tiger in its bi-annual safety drill. And yet another Tokyo zoo had two employees dress up in a rhino costume and try to escape last year. The "rhino" was eventually hit with fake tranquilizers and trapped in a net.

Japan Today said past simulations have also included lions and gorillas.

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