Viral Video Shows Japanese Zoo Practicing Escaped Lion Drill Using Costumed Furry Employee

Ameera Butt
June 25, 2019 - 8:56 am

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The video on social media shows zoo employees practicing a drill to capture an escaped lion at Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture in Japan on June 22.

The video went viral -- except the lion is really a human employee dressed up as a lion.

The "lion" walks around and tries to evade capture from zoo employees holding nets. At one point in the video from a Japanese news agency below, actual lions inside the sanctuaries seem enamored with the exchange. There are also funny photo from the zoo's Facebook page below.

Eventually, the costumed lion lies down on the ground and is handled by employees. 

Outlets like the Guardian and CNN also covered the hilarious drill.