Japanese Zoo’s ‘Lion’ Escape Drill Goes Viral When They See How The Real Lion’s Reacted

Unaware that they would have a major PR event on their hands, a zoo in Japan decided to run some emergency drills – resulting in unintentional hysteria.

Tobe Zoological Park which is in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, had a drill over the weekend, which aimed to prep and train staff on how to properly respond if a lion ever breaks out of its enclosure. The results became meme-worthy.

Video footage of the drill depicts a man in a fake lion suit, running around the zoo while trying to escape.

One clip of the footage shows the safely-enclosed lions staring upon the ridiculous safety shenanigans. Twitter users were very quick to pick up on the non-impressed looks of the real-life lions.

Naturally, the Internet was quick to dole out the memes.

One Twitter user pointed out that since the lions are now aware of the contingent escape plan, they’ll be sure to do something entirely unexpected should they choose to uprise and escape.

Meanwhile, another Twitter user who used to work for the zoo recalled a time that the facility was preparing for a rhino escape. Apparently, during the drill, staff drove around the zoo grounds in a golf cart that just read “Rhino” on it.



Posted by 愛媛県立とべ動物園 on Sunday, June 23, 2019

The drill at the zoo is performed every year, although the zoo wrote on Facebook that this is the first time they’ve ever conducted a test while visitors were in the park.

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