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The giant fake escaping rhino simulation

As part of PAXsim’s continuing commitment to bring you the very latest in cutting-edge simulation-related news and innovation, we present the giant fake escaping rhino simulation in Tokyo:

As Sky News reports:

Japanese police and zoo keepers have been filmed fending off a papier mache rhinoceros as part of an emergency drill.

More than a hundred staff and Japanese police and paramedics took part in the practice as the rhino – controlled by two people – lumbered through the park.

One worker at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoological Gardens was even attacked by the life-sized creature, prompting other keepers to rescue their colleague while pushing the animal away with sticks.

Although visitors were rushed away from the rhino’s path, many stuck around to watch the spectacle – designed to prepare workers for a real-life rampage.

Zoo director Toshimitsu Doi said less elaborate costumes were sometimes used for the annual drills, but that the papier mache rhino was used on this occasion for its impact.

After keepers surrounded the rhino with a net, they pretended to tranquilise and capture it, at which point the two staff inside the rhino were allowed to shed the costume and return to their normal duties.

The drill may never need to be put into practice, however – Ueno Zoological Garden has only had four instances of animals escaping in the last 50 years.

3 responses to “The giant fake escaping rhino simulation

  1. brtrain 09/02/2012 at 5:46 pm

    Oh. Wow. All kinds of associations here:
    – reinforces my belief that the Japanese are one of the most cautious peoples around, when they let their imaginations run riot;
    – reminds me alternately of a scene in The Simpsons when Bart’s pet elephant escapes and ravages a nearby peanut factory, as one of the supervisors reminds them this is the very thing they’ve drilled for all these years, when they all alughed at him; and
    – Reichswehr-era Germans practicing with combined-arms tactics with their cardboard tanks – what’s the REAL motive behind this exercise?

  2. brtrain 09/02/2012 at 5:49 pm

    – Man down at 0:22!
    I wonder if that was part of the exercise, so they could practice casualty evacuation too?

  3. beautifuldisaster 10/02/2012 at 11:29 am

    Actually practicing possible scenarios is very valuable and what could be more common in a zoo than animal escape? I commend the zoo on their drilling and taking preparedness seriously. I imagine this “brave new world” is very real in Japan now that the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown worst case scenario has actually occurred!

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