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    The GRRRREAT Escape (or how man in a very bad tiger costume was hunted down in zoo safety drill)


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    The GRRRREAT Escape (or how man in a very bad tiger costume was hunted down in zoo safety drill)

    Post by Cameron on Thu 2 Jun - 23:32

    This is the dramatic moment armed police stepped in to neutralise a tiger who had escaped from his enclosure at a packed Chinese zoo.

    Thankfully for the visitors to Chengdu Zoo in Sichuan Province, China, however, the tiger in question was a person in a fluffy costume who was helping bosses plan for a real big cat escape.

    The willing human tiger took part in a well-executed drill at the popular zoo so staff knew what to do should a dangerous tiger escape from its enclosure.
    Come and get me: Staff were keen to show visitors they mean business if a tiger does happen to escape in the zoo
    Furry dangerous: The fake tiger prowls in a bush at Chengdu Zoo as baffled visitors watch

    Bemused visitors looked on as the willing 'tiger' prowled through the bushes and leapt across concrete walkways.

    Staff seemed keen to assure visitors that if one of their big cats did escape from the zoo, they would deal with it in robust fashion.

    Another bizarre scene during the rehearsal saw the tiger skulking across a pathway on two legs, as crowds and staff wielding brooms looked on from a safe distance.

    As the drill came to and end, several employees surrounded the tiger-costumed person with large sticks to corner it into submission.

    Cornered: Armed staff defeat the tiger-costumed man in a successful rehearsal for a real tiger escape

    It's all over: The tiger was eventually carried away on a stretcher, to the bemusement of a real live big cat watching on
    A number of officers armed with rifles also pounced on the escaped 'animal' and pointed their weapons in its direction during the drill.

    At the end of the exercise the costume wearing man was even carried away on a stretcher - no doubt to the confusion of the real big cat watching on from behind its glass enclosure.
    Whether the park's methods would be as effective against a real live big cat as opposed to a man in a costume is questionable.
    The giant zoo in eastern China is one of the biggest in the country, housing over 250 species of animals over 44 acres of land.
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