This Escaped Zoo Animal Drill Is The Greatest Thing EverBy: Grant Marek
Looking for another reason to hit a zoo other than "awwwwwww Polar Bear babies"?
Well, look no further than the Ueno Zoo's Escaped Animal Drill.
The Japanese animal sanctuary -- which remains Tokyo's oldest existing zoo -- hosts a yearly drill as part of emergency preparations for earthquakes and other natural disasters wherein the zookeepers dress up in one-man animal costumes (zebra, leopard, bear, monkey etc.) and two-man animal costumes (RHINO), and try to evade an emergency containment team armed with nets and dart guns.
The whole thing is a hilarious spectacle, but also super serious for the 150-person staff, which even feign injury or play dead to raise the bar on the authenticity of the drill.
The event -- which is open to anyone with a zoo ticket on that day -- is hosted during the middle of February.