A zoo in Japan has conducted the ultimate emergency training event, running a drill to teach staff what to do in case of a chimpanzee breakout.
A Kyoto City Zoo staff member dressed in a monkey costume for the drill and calmly walked through the zoo grounds. Staff set up a perimeter boundary then simulated evacuating park guests and even tranquillising the “monkey” with a blow dart before transporting it away in a net. It always pays to be prepared, right?
Japanese national broadcaster NHK filmed the simulation in this, the greatest video you will see all year.
The danger of simian escape is isn’t just a hypothetical threat for zoo staff. On Saturday, visitors to the Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland were surprised to find a chimpanzee that had escaped its enclosure using a makeshift ladder fashioned from a large tree, according to the BBC.
Kyoto City Zoo staff member Kiyoshi Okahashi said the training could be improved, particularly when it came to setting up the perimeter since the fence fell down during the training exercise.
“The team at the zoo are looking at ways to improve their process each year to ensure that they’re prepared for any future incidences,” he said.
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