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Many institutional and commercial facilities have beefed up security in recent years to combat a range of potential threats to occupants, assets and operations. But facility managers trying to protect their buildings need to remember that nature poses a host of threats, and it is relentless, as officials at the Pentagon learned recently. The threat?
A photo of the culprit taken in Pentagon’s central courtyard recently appeared in ARLnow.com, prompting a U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson to neither confirm nor deny the bunny’s existence, instead stating that Pentagon officials normally don’t intervene in such matters unless the animal creates a hazard to building occupants.
And this isn’t even the first time this month time wild intruder breached the Pentagon’s vaunted security measures. Earlier, Pentagon officials nabbed a chicken that had managed to enter a security area at the facility.
Think the Pentagon is the only building in the crosshairs of woodland creatures? Think again.
In 2019, a moose strolled into a physical therapy clinic in Alaska, and in 2021, a moose – presumably a different one – crashed through window into a school in Saskatchewan, Canada.
None of the intruders were available for comment.
Dan Hounsell is senior editor, facility group.