Hilarious moment when a cheeky lyrebird poses as an ‘evacuate now’ alarm at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo after sneaky lions escaped their enclosure
- Lyrebird at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo filmed the sound of an evacuation alarm
- Comes days after the alarm was triggered when five lions escaped from the enclosure
- Taronga resident bird previously imitated the sound of a crying baby
Incredible footage has surfaced of a cheeky lyrebird masquerading as an evacuation alert at one of Australia’s largest zoos.
The early morning imitation of the native Australian bird of the emergency alarm at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo comes just days after the popular tourist attraction closed when a male lion and his four cubs escaped their enclosure.
The hilarious video has since gone viral, accumulating and sharing thousands of views.
The colorful birds can accurately mimic almost any sound, including music, motors, alarms, cell phone ringtones, and other animals.
A resident lyrebird in Taronga named Echo made headlines a year ago when it mimicked the sound of a baby crying during Covid-19 lockdown.
This lyrebird caused chaos at Taronga zoo on Sunday by mimicking the emergency evacuation alarm that went off at the zoo days earlier
The lyrebirds are among more than 5,000 animals from 350 species that call the Taronga Zoo home.
They sing all year round but are noisiest during the peak breeding season between June and August.
Males can sing for four hours a day during this time, nearly half of the daylight hours.
The zoo in Mosman closed on Nov. 2 when the male lion Ato and 16-month-old cubs Khari, Luzuko, Malike and Zuri escaped their enclosure, triggering a panic reaction.
At the time, more than 50 visitors were camping, including dozens of students on an overnight school field trip.
The lions were found in an area adjacent to the main exhibit and were safely returned to their exhibit before the zoo opened to the public for the day.
Taronga Zoo was plunged into chaos early Nov. 2 after five lions escaped from their enclosure
The zoo released an update on the incident on Thursday with more details about how the lions escaped.
“Preliminary independent technical advice has confirmed that swages (clamps connecting wire ropes) have failed, causing a lace rope connecting the fencing to a tension rope to unravel,” the statement said.
“The lions were then able to create an opening and squeeze through.”
The zoo’s ongoing investigation into the incident found that the lions had “played and interacted” with the fence for about 20 minutes before breaking it.
Adult male lion Ato led four cubs out of the enclosure while “lioness Maya and one cub chose to remain in the exhibit.”
The lions remain in an outdoor area behind the house pending specialist technical advice.
The zoo explained in a statement that clamps used to connect wire cables together had “failed,” causing a lace cable to unravel and create a small gap in the fence (pictured)