A group of Tokyo zookeepers spent their Thursday afternoon trying to hunt the remainder of a group of squirrels that made their escape from a local zoo during the recent typhoon. At the Inokashira Park Zoo, a gang of 30 of the bushy-tailed critters didn’t think twice to take their chances at freedom when Typhoon Guchol knocked over a tree and put hole in the netting that acted as their prison walls.
18 of the squirrels’ taste of life on the ‘outside’ came to an abrupt end on Wednesday when they fell victim to traps and nets used by the zookeepers. The remaining dozen have yet to be found. Eri Tsushima, a spokeswoman for the zoo, says that the squirrels almost never attack humans, but they still warn people not chase them, as they are known to have very sharp front teeth. She adds they are now setting traps with their favorite foods, like pieces of bread and sweet potatoes. Resist the temptation you determined dozen, stay free!
The Inokashira Park Zoo is located in western Tokyo, close to shopping areas, so it is very rare to find wile squirrels there. These squirrels are the only animals to escape from Japanese zoos lately. About a month ago a Humboldt penguin, known only as “number 337,” escaped from a local aquarium, and spent 82 days on the loose, frequently being seen by onlookers in the Tokyo Bay. That penguin had fans across the world following his story. He was finally captured and determined to be safe and healthy, except for a case of pink eye, which was successfully treated.
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