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Japansese zoo practices for animal escape
February 25, 2011 11:47 AM   Subscribe

Yesterday's dramatic simulation involved a Siberian tiger that escaped its pen following an earthquake.
posted by ActingTheGoat (27 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
A valuable side-benefit is that they're also well prepared for the Furrypocolypse.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:53 AM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


That was highly entertaining. Happy Friday.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:55 AM on February 25, 2011


The miniature zebra-striped trucks, the white hardhats, the grade-school mascot tiger costume; the whole thing is just too adorable.
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:57 AM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


that will prove to be valuable preparation for the escape of a siberian tiger, provided said tiger is stoned to the bone when it gets out.
posted by facetious at 11:58 AM on February 25, 2011


I think that Siberian Tiger was just looking for hug after the scary scary earthquake. Come here little kitty and get yourself a good squeezing!
posted by helmutdog at 11:59 AM on February 25, 2011


Now I want to know if my local zoo has such drills. This is obviously an important safety thing and I'm surprised I never thought about it before.
posted by CancerMan at 12:01 PM on February 25, 2011


So.. this Siberian Tiger... it's like a Tundra Cat?
posted by Debaser626 at 12:03 PM on February 25, 2011


...That...Darn....Cat..
posted by The Whelk at 12:04 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Too soon.
posted by tigrefacile at 12:08 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I fully support advances in furry-containment technologies and techniques.
posted by mhoye at 12:08 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


First off, a lion could jump that fence. Secondly, is a truck painted like a zebra a good idea? And thirdly, shouldn't their gear include face masks?
posted by StickyCarpet at 12:12 PM on February 25, 2011


KAWAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^
posted by superquail at 12:13 PM on February 25, 2011


a lion could jump that fence

Don't get me started on the crocodiles and alligators.
posted by StickyCarpet at 12:13 PM on February 25, 2011


Kellogg's Frosted Flakes: They're GREAAAAAA dart aaaaaaaaaaaaaat.....zzzzzz.
posted by zippy at 12:14 PM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


The best part was the fact that - according to this simulation - if a Siberian tiger ever gets loose, it is to be penned into a small space along with members of the local media. I assume the logic here is that the tiger won't notice that the fence is made of butterfly netting held by pants-wetting zookeepers if he's busy chewing on a cameraguy.
posted by bicyclefish at 12:21 PM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


It's so sad they killed him.
posted by Xoebe at 12:24 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hammock: check.

Stick: check.

I'm off to go catch me a tiger.
posted by hoperaiseshell at 12:25 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I can't wait for this video to be re-purposed by one of the Discovery networks for the breathless fearmongering special "When Furries Attack!"
posted by briank at 12:42 PM on February 25, 2011


I would pay good money to be the guy in the suit.
posted by brundlefly at 12:44 PM on February 25, 2011


Does this mean he can now stand for congress in Oregon?
posted by Abiezer at 12:53 PM on February 25, 2011


So... many... possible... jokes. Brain overheating.
posted by sugarfish at 1:06 PM on February 25, 2011


Rhino!
posted by mdonley at 1:08 PM on February 25, 2011


When does the yiffing start?
posted by scalefree at 1:29 PM on February 25, 2011


I love the danger!drama! music on the rhino and polar bear videos.
posted by catlet at 1:48 PM on February 25, 2011


Things I learned:
1. A tiger can't jump a five-foot rope fence held up by a bunch of scared people.
2. News photographers are invisible to tigers, and therefore do not need to be protected from them.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:52 PM on February 25, 2011


Tigers can jump 15+ feet (although perhaps not ones living in captivity). Also, isn't it standard practice to shoot dangerous animals that have escaped? I though zoos had tranquilizer guns for this sort of situation.
posted by ryanrs at 4:35 PM on February 25, 2011


They had a tranq gun & used it on the "tiger" in the end. But the point of the exercise was to practice different situations that could come up. What if there was a person who got mauled lying down near the tiger or a group of school kids they needed to keep it away from? Gotta be ready for all the contingencies, not just whip out the gun & shoot it & you're done.
posted by scalefree at 7:34 PM on February 25, 2011


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