While emergency drills tend to center around a not-very-funny event, they can be oddly hilarious - particularly when there's no real danger at hand. But one that has truly tickled the internet this week involves a zoo in Japan, which has a rather unusual way of preparing for a lion escape.
When you think about it, there's probably no better way to prepare for such an emergency - but seeing the photos out of context will likely have you rolling your eyes and stifling your giggles in equal measure. We've got the best of the internet's reactions to this truly bizarre escape drill, plus the images that have got everyone so confused and amused.
An emergency drill can be a literal lifesaver.Being prepared for the most terrifying and potentially dangerous possible future events is the best way to minimize their impact and ensure maximum safety.
There are some classic drills.We've all been a part of a false fire alarm in our lives. But one thing that we rarely think about is the inner workings of a zoo.
Because it's pretty scary, when you think about it.The fact that zoos are home to some of the most dangerous animals in the world, potentially ready in wait to make their escape, makes them seem a bit more of a treacherous experience.
But how can you prepare for such an event?Well, one zoo in Japan has broadcast their plans in the event of a real lion escape - and the internet is absolutely flabbergasted at the footage.
The video of the drill quickly went viral.
via: Bored PandaAnd it's easy to see why. One unfortunate zoo employee was, for reasons we don't quite understand, forced to wear a lion costume for the event.
The lion-costumed employee was made to prance around the zoo.
via: Bored PandaWhile his amazingly straight-faced coworkers got to "work" on safely catching him using, of all things, a giant fishing net.
It was hilarious to watch how seriously the employees were taking it.
@Johnny_suputama I died when the "lion" knocked over the guy behind the net. "WTF Jerry??? It's just a drill!!!"— Tiffany Byrd (@Tiffany Byrd)1561252575.0
This image had many laughing out loud.
via: Bored PandaThe fact that the zoo employees seem to have used a large piece of net to capture what would, in real life, be a wild and angry lion, had really tickled many.
The whole thing seems incredibly unlikely.
@Johnny_suputama I worked in a zoo and can confirm they do these drills like this 😂 one time they did a rhino drill… https://t.co/FNZv3FXzfu— 🦌🦌 (@🦌🦌)1561212429.0
But there was one aspect of the vid that people couldn't get over.
@Johnny_suputama I don’t know what funnier, the man falling on the ground and pretending to be hurt or the lions watching 😂😂— Mercy (@Mercy)1561219702.0
Some made this comparison.The two lions looked a lot like two familiar faces - Statler and Waldorf from The Muppets.
Here's the image.
via: Bored PandaYou must admit, these guys look oddly familiar - and fundamentally unimpressed.
Those who saw the video were highly amused.The sassy look on the lions' faces really does take the human race down a peg or two. If this is our best plan to defeat them, we're probably in trouble.
Others saw this reaction.
@angiebaermn @Johnny_suputama “Are they mocking us, Martha”— DogThoughts (@DogThoughts)1561222496.0
It seems like the lions are as skeptical as we are.
@Johnny_suputama Actual lions:”Yeah, that will work.”— Ron Greenberg (@Ron Greenberg)1561216967.0
Some imagined what the lions were thinking.
@barefoot_cas @angiebaermn @Johnny_suputama "My man would put up a fight before getting caught. This is insulting!"— Jimmy Black (@Jimmy Black)1561228786.0
Others noted another expression on their faces.
@Johnny_suputama That is FABULOUS. It's like they're watching the best show they've ever seen.— Isa-Lee Wolf (@Isa-Lee Wolf)1561219989.0
There was another excellent comparison.Two of the watching lions were making very cartoon-esque eye contact, in the manner of Simba and Nala from The Lion King.
They did look rather exasperated.
@Johnny_suputama “What human nonsense is this “— Al*x*s 🎸🧛♀️ (@Al*x*s 🎸🧛♀️)1561221346.0
Some thought that the lions were plotting.
@dleezy @barefoot_cas @viktorjack68 @angiebaermn @Johnny_suputama "Hmmm. Martha, they appear to have a weak spot wi… https://t.co/t8ibZDfbWh— 🎃𝐺𝑖𝑛 & 𝑇𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑐 🍸👌(𝑮𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒆) (@🎃𝐺𝑖𝑛 & 𝑇𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑐 🍸👌(𝑮𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒆))1561246940.0
Some pointed this out.
@Johnny_suputama @ronanhand They’ve just taught the lions their emergency plan. I’m not sure that’s the smartest move.— 🌈Let’s BEE together with us.🚯 (@🌈Let’s BEE together with us.🚯)1561210775.0
Because, now, the humans have lost the upper hand.
@Johnny_suputama @CDisillusion Are they teaching the lions how to not get caught 😂— Arjun (അർജുൻ) (@Arjun (അർജുൻ))1561215819.0
One lion, in particular, looked pretty intense.
@Johnny_suputama I'm more worried about the lion on the left. She's paying too closely attention. See her leaning forward, she plotting.— Shaun (@Shaun)1561231991.0
Some thought that there may be a second plan about to be put into action.
@Johnny_suputama Lion leader: "So we jump at the people holding the net, trap them under their own net, and keep going. Any questions?"— Cameron Bennett (@Cameron Bennett)1561220951.0
Here's the full video of the drill.
Tobe Zoo in Aichi conducted a lion escape drill today. Note the expression on the actual lions faces. https://t.co/azuJYQhLCw— Spoon & Tamago (@Spoon & Tamago)1561209237.0