Giant fake leopard trains workers in Tokyo zoo drill


TOKYO (NBC/RTV) — A Tokyo zoo had a drill Tuesday to train staff members how to deal with an escaped wild animal. For the drill, a staff member dressed as a snow leopard and moved throughout the zoo. Zoo visitors watched, and one little girl said the leopard wasn’t very scary.

The fake leopard knocked down a staff member, who then needed CPR. Staff eventually cornered the fake leopard and shot it with a tranquilizer gun. Some 70 staff members took part in the drill. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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