The drill was part of Ehine, Japan's Tabe Zoo which was conducting a mock test for preparing the zookeepers against a possible escape attempt by the real big cats.
Tobe Zoo in Aichi conducted a lion escape drill today.— Spoon & Tamago (@Johnny_suputama) June 22, 2019
Note the expression on the actual lions faces.
Many people on social media appreciated the Zoo' dedication to preparedness.
Lions are like “what in the hell is this?” pic.twitter.com/NFiI1RNkpb— Angie Baer (@angiebaermn) June 22, 2019
Check out some of the best reactions:
Lion leader: "So we jump at the people holding the net, trap them under their own net, and keep going. Any questions?"— Cameron Bennett (@Cameroneous) June 22, 2019
I don’t know what funnier, the man falling on the ground and pretending to be hurt or the lions watching ????????— Mercy (@MercyOladosu) June 22, 2019
I worked in a zoo and can confirm they do these drills like this ???? one time they did a rhino drill and very slowly drove a golf cart around with a rhino label on it lmao— la_schwab (@la_schwab) June 22, 2019
“What human nonsense is this “— Al*x*s ???? ??? || (@cm_mcudaily) June 22, 2019
The lions were up there literally taking notes. I have concerns.— Sarah Tuttle (@niais) June 22, 2019
They’ve just taught the lions their emergency plan. I’m not sure that’s the smartest move.— ????House?????????? (@architek2ra) June 22, 2019