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Friday, March 2, 2012

Papier maché rhino ‘escapes’ from zoo in surreal drill

Zookeepers in earthquake-prone Japan have to be ready to catch the wild animals should they ever escape from their cages. And what better way to prepare than with a drill?

Ueno Zoo in Tokyo decided to make the exercise as close to reality as possible by using a life-size, papier maché rhinoceros. While the fake animal is far from scary – in the video below, two men’s feet can be seen poking out from the bottom as it slowly lumbers around – the zoo’s employees take it very seriously, surrounding the rhinoceros with netting before “shooting” it with a tranquilizer dart. Read More