An escaped zebra at Ueno Zoo during an annual Escaped Animal Drill on February 2, 2016, Tokyo, Japan. Every year zookeepers at one of Tokyo’s zoos organise an escape drill to practice what they would need to do in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency. This year a member of the zoo staff wearing a zebra costume “escaped” and was subsequently captured and subdued by other zookeepers before it could get out onto the streets of Tokyo. (All photos by Naoki Morita/AFLO)
The zebra manages to get through a net barrier prepared by zoo staff to hold it in.
Zookeepers encircle the zebra again preventing it from harming any innocent bystanders.
A zookeeper takes aim at the rogue zebra with a tranquilizer gun.
Zookeepers confirm that the zebra is out cold.
A team of zookeepers capture the zebra in a big net.
Finally they are able to lift the animal onto the back of a truck and bring it back to its enclosure.
In past years, gorillas and rhinos have also been involved in these events which are in themselves a tourist attraction.