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Animals are dangerous, especially wild animals. You do not want to mess with them. This, however, is not a wild animal.

Today, at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, an animal escape drill was held. As Twitter users in Japan were quick to point out: The escaped gorilla does not look like a gorilla! It doesn't walk like a gorilla. It's not scary or mean-looking.

This is like they were doing a drill for an escaped stuff animal.

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Then, they are pretend shot with an pretend tranquilizer, rendering them pretend unconscious.

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And then, they poke the animal with a stick, put it in a flatbed, and haul it off.

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For years now, zoos in Japan have used drills like this for practice—and publicity. The drills get short segments on television and are covered online.

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People attend these drills and snap photos as well as take videos. In some videos, you can hear people giggling.

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There are also similar drills outside Japan. Here's a drill at a Chinese zoo for when Tigger escaped.

In Japan, the faux animals can look real-ish.

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Take this zebra. It doesn't look so bad.

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Or this snake. Eh...

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Or this rhino.

Never mind the human legs. Or the awkward turning radius.

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They don't usually walk like animals.

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They're all upright!

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And their attacks are kinda lame.

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WOAH. But not all of them.

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This was an escaped gorilla at a primate zoo. A freaky escaped gorilla.

And as silly as these are, the costumes are probably for the best. Because, without them, we've got this:

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And that's not very cute at all.

Photos: くろしお写真Blog, ブログ水族館/中村 元 , 上野動物園, yfwns299, 動物園放浪記, あしたは いずこの 空の下?, koneta06, IT Media, 遊亀公園附属動物園, Nozaemon, iFeng

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GIFs:shigesaku, shigesaku, afpbbnews, Tokyo MX, Diagonal View

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