Japan zoo hunts squirrels that fled in typhoon
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Japan zoo hunts squirrels that fled in typhoon

Tōkyō : Japan | Jun 21, 2012 at 12:28 AM PDT
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A group of Tokyo zookeepers spend their thursday afternoon trying to hunt the remainder of a lucky squirrels that made their escape from a local zoo during the recent Typhoon Guchol.

Typhoon raked Japan's main island of Honshu on Tuesday night caused chaos ,but also help some 30 Japanese squirrels to escape from Inokashira Park Zoo in western Tokyo on Wednesday morning through a hole in a surrounding fence that was created when a 120-year-old pine tree fell down in the storm, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.

Park workers used nets and traps to recapture 18 animals over Wednesday and Thursday morning, but were still on the lookout for a determined dozen.

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.The squirrels are about 20 cm long with 15- to 17-cm-long tails.

The Inokashira Park Zoo is located in western Tokyo, close to shopping areas, so it is very rare to find wile squirrels there.

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