As a giraffe roamed free at the Franklin Park Zoo Wednesday morning, visitors were rushed to safety and animals were brought to their indoor confines while trained employees grabbed weapons and equipment to control the animal.
The loose giraffe was really an employee in a costume, and the exercise was the zoo’s annual dangerous animal escape drill.
“We’ve over the years used everything from lions to tigers and leopards,” said John Linehan, president and chief executive of Zoo New England. “We have a pretty elaborate plan.”
A.B. Of all the days I choose not to blow off work and go to the zoo, it has to be the one where a woman dressed up as a giraffe is stalked by hunters in a mysterious annual ritual that somehow ensures our safety.