Zoo in Thailand practices ‘ostrich’ escape plan, video shows


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Keepers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai zoo put their animal evacuation plan into practice with the help of a man in an ostrich costume, video footage showed.

Screenshot from Thai PBS YouTube video

Workers at a zoo in Thailand practiced their animal escape plan with the help of a grown man in an ostrich costume, video showed.

Chiang Mai Zoo in northern Thailand tested its contingency plan to capture escaped wild animals with a live simulation on Aug. 23, the zoo said in a press release.

But instead of practicing with an actual escaped ostrich, the simulation involved a man in an ostrich costume, Thai PBS video showed. With a bulbous sphere around his waist covered in black cloth and adorned with a faux feathered tail, the man paints his face white and wears a hat designed to mimic the flightless bird’s long neck.

The simulation began when the “ostrich” fell from the animal display area, according to the statement.

Several zookeepers surrounded the impostor ostrich with screens while another chased the escapee with a large fishing net, video showed.

And the “ostrich” that escapesran – but not as fast as the real bird, which can sprint up to 43 mph, according to the Smithsonian.

Still, zoo keepers managed to capture the fake bird, removing its hat to reveal the man underneath and laughing together, the video showed.

Chiang Mai Zoo held a similar animal escape exercise in 2019 with a person dressed as a kangaroo, wearing a bear jumpsuit, red boxing gloves and black nose face paint, according to a statement. previous press.

It’s unclear whether the zoo’s other animals – including giant pandas, hippos and penguins – will be part of future escape drills, The Guardian reported.

Chiang Mai Zoo is about 700 km north of Bangkok.

Aspen Pflughoeft covers real-time news for McClatchy. She graduated from Minerva University where she studied communications, history and international politics. Previously, she reported for Deseret News.

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