Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Zoo Houdinis

Tiger escape drill in China's Chengdu Zoo on June 2, 2011. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
A warning to any would-be escapee tigers. 
Some zoos in Japan and China, run annual animal escape drills. Apparently, inhabitants absconding from enclosures isn't that unusual and a bit of planning is prudent.
Emergency drill at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, 2016. Zoo employee dressed up as a plush zebra walking around the zoo grounds while a security guard watches. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
A Tokyo's Ueno Zoo employee poses as a meandering zebra.
The event is a draw for visitors.
Emergency drill at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, 2016. Zoo employee dressed up as a plush zebra walking around the zoo grounds while a line of zoo employees come up from behind with a portable containment net. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
"The zebra is an animal that easily panics. I myself felt panicky when acting it out." - Yumi Tamura, 27, zoo employee and temporary zebra.
During the 2016 drill at the Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, a zoo employee pretends to leave the zebra pen after a hypothetical earthquake.
Emergency drill at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, 2016. Zoo employee dressed up as a plush zebra approached by a line of zoo employees with a portable containment net. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Zoo employees getting down to business.
The zebra feigned an assault as an employee experienced a fake heart attack.
Emergency drill at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, 2016. Zoo employee dressed up as a plush zebra pretends she has been hit by a dart gun from an employee in a truck and falls to the ground. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Zoo employee dressed up as a plush zebra pretends she has been hit by a dart gun and falls to the ground.
Police and medical response teams also participate in the drills.
Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. Practice drill for escaped animal 2015. Two zoo employees in a zebra costume stand by the real zebra pen while a real zebra checks out the costume. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
The 2015 drill involved a two person zebra . . . meaning that the zoo opted for plush, walking on hind legs, zebra the next year.
The costuming improved and the scenarios have become more complication. 
Preventative drill to manage escaped animals at a zoo in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China. April 2013. Zoo employee dressed in a dragon costume is cornered by other zoo employees. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
I have no idea what animal is being contained or why the military is involved. 
An escape drill in 2013 at a zoo in Shanxi province, China.
Amazing realistic raptor costume. Taking a pet dino for a walk at the shopping center. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Maybe next year? 


12 remarkable zoo breakouts that ended without complete disaster.

African flamingo escaped from Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas. Found 8 yrs later at Texas Gulf Coast (pictured on the right) with a companion (pictured on the left) from the Mexican nature reserve. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
The escaped flamingo from Kansas is the one on the right.

Prior to having his wings clipped, an African flamingo flew away from the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas.
Eight years later, the five-foot tall bird, still wearing the zoo leg band, was spotted at the Texas Gulf Coast. He has taken up with a flamingo from the nature reserve in Mexico.
Juan the spectacled bear escaped the Berlin Zoo pen and stands on hind legs to examine a bike. 2004. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Juan the bear contemplating his options in a 2004 pen escape.
Juan, a spectacled bear, maneuvered a tree trunk in his Berlin Zoo pen and was able to clear the fence of his pen. He went straight to the playground and tried out the equipment. The employees distracted Juan with a bicycle and the keeper successfully tranquilized him. 

Fleishhacker's Zoo, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA. Hand colored postcard. Zoo visitors at the Elephant pen. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Postcard from Fleishhacker Zoo, now the San Francisco Zoo.
In 1964, the local police called a zookeeper at the Fleishhacker Zoo. The police had captured the 13 missing buffalo. The staff were not aware of any missing buffalo. The police called back five hours later. The missing pygmy hippo had been spotted on a nearby road. The staff were not aware of any missing hippos. A third call came in when the missing agouti, a large South American rodent was located.
The zoo director announced to the press that he would review the zoo's security.

Penguin in Toyko bay after escaping his pen while Japan Coast Guard attempting to capture the little bird. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
The escaped Tokyo Penguin swimming in the bay and eluding capture, even when being pursued by the Japan Coast Guard.
A young penguin spent three months waddling around Tokyo. The city was enamored with the little bird and hundreds of calls reporting possible sightings were received. He was finally captured and per staff, had "been living quite happily in the middle of Tokyo Bay."
Munster Zoo, escaped penguin wandering around the lion enclosure in winter. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Munster Zoo, escaped penguin, wandered into the lion enclosure in winter. 
At the M√ľnster Zoo in Germany, a young penguin meandered into the lions' den. The lions were taking advantage of sheltered housing and apparently didn't notice the intrusion. It took the staff a day to lure the little bird out with a trail of herring.
An extremely rare black tiger, or melanistic tiger, was born to a white tiger at the Nandankanan Zoological Park in India. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
An extremely rare black tiger, or melanistic tiger, was born to a white tiger at the Nandankanan Zoological Park in India.
The Nandankanan Zoological Park in India is known for their tiger breeding program and several of the big cats have been born with rare color variants.
Animal escape drill in China's Chengdu Zoo 2011. A zoo employee dressed in a plush tiger costume hides under a large cardboard box. A zoo patron, holding his grandson, points out where the pretend tiger is hiding. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
A tiger escape drill at the Chengdu Zoo in the Sichuan province.
A wild Bengal tiger wandered into the Nandankanan Zoological Park in India. Rather than attempt to capture and remove him, they opened the tiger pen and he sauntered in to meet the ladies. 
A month later, he scaled the inescapable 18-foot security wall and returned to the forest.
Perhaps the zoo needs to some additional training. Someone get them a big cardboard box. 
Reggie the six foot Alligator sunning himself on a rock at the Los Angeles zoo. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
One of the two men who released Reggie, the family pet, gator, was a former cop. He explained that Reggie was just too hard to handle.
  No kidding. 
A six-foot gator named Reggie was dumped in an urban lake in Los Angeles. After two years, $180,000 in expenses, and now a seven-foot gator, Reggie was finally captured. 
The Los Angeles Zoo took him in. Days later, he was discovered lounging on a loading dock before the zoo opened. The zoo added additional height to the enclosure. 
Photo of Los Angeles Zoo entrance 1966. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
The LA Zoo opened in 1966.
In the late 90s, the Los Angeles Zoo had a history of mismanagement, deteriorating infrastructure and at least 35 animal escapes in a five year period.
The simian habitat was originally designed for bears and gorillas Evelyn and Jim were not having it. 
Jim absconded once by ripping a door off its track and once by jumping straight over a twelve-foot wall.
Evelyn the Gorilla, in the Los Angeles Zoo, looks mischievously at the camera. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Evelyn the gorilla once swatted a zoo visitor on the butt after escaping.
Evelyn used brains rather than brawn and made it out at least six times. During one escape, she was broadcasted with live helicopter coverage. Evelyn picked flowers, searched for snacks in the trash, and went to visit the giraffes. 
The zoo opened a new Campo Gorilla Reserve in 2007, resolving the breakouts. 
Snapshot of an escaped kangaroo, standing in a backyard garden in Lauenhagen, Northern Germany. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Runaway kangaroo, hanging out in a garden in Lauenhagen, Germany.
A wild boar and fox helped kangaroos escape from a wildlife park near Frankfurt Germany. Three kangaroos, Jack, Mick and Skippy found a hole dug under the interior fence by a local fox. One of the three became entrenched and was left behind. The other two slipped under the exterior fence utilizing a hole dug by a wild boar.
They were returned after, "A very fit policewoman hurled herself onto the kangaroo."
Promotional brochure for Frank Buck and His Spectacular Jungle Camp. Frank of the cover in Safari gear. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Frank Buck brought over 100,000 animals to the US and starred in several films depicting his adventures and fights to the death with wild beasts.
In the1930's, Frank Buck ran a large animal attraction on Long Island. His housed several exotic animals including 570 Rhesus monkeys. A careless maintenance man and a misplaced plank allowed the breakout of almost 200 monkeys. By dusk, 30 had returned on their own and Buck made a public offer to provide a free park pass to anyone who caught and returned a monkey.
Fu Manchu, Orangutan in Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, chewing on leaves in the 1960s. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Fu Manchu, Orangutan in Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, was awarded an honorary membership in the American Association of Locksmiths.
Fu Manchu, an orangutan in Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, was a remarkable escape artist. Twice he was found outside the enclosure, with his female companion and three children. The zookeepers became diligent about checking locks. However, Fu Manchu and family were found on the roof of the exhibit enjoying the sun.
Finally, the orangutan was observed taking a wire out of his mouth and tripping the latch of one of the doors. Removing all the available wires kept the orangutan family behind locked doors.
Ken Allen, orangutan at the San Diego Zoo stares into the camera, 1990s.The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Ken Allen, a 29-year-old orangutan died in 2000 from cancer.
Ken Allen, born at the San Diego Zoo, was named after zookeeper Ken Willingham and security officer Ben Allen. In the nursery, he dismantling his crib and unscrewing every light bulb he could reach.
Bornean Orangutan Ken Allen in the San Diego Zoo making hand gestures towards the camera. 1990s. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
When free, Ken would "peacefully stroll around the zoo looking at other animals."
In the 1980s, Ken managed to climb out of his pen several times and taught his fellow simians how to break out. Zookeepers were at a loss and even dressed as tourists to try and observe the maneuver. Ken, referred to as Hairy Houdini, wasn't fooled and the escapes occurred at other times.
Finally, rock climbers discovered tiny cracks and imperfections on the walls which the orangutans were able to use as finger and hand holds. The walls were smoothed and the outings ended. 
Beautiful close-up of a mountain gorilla's face blinking his eyes. The Zoo Houdinis and other stories. marchmatron.com
Mountain Gorilla from Head Like An Orange,
which you need to check out . . .
right now.
Seriously.
Go now.
Ken remained enormously popular and played a part in rethinking zoo improvements and animal treatment.

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