LONDON (Reuters) – Bullfrogs, pythons and penguins were among creatures being coaxed onto the scales at London Zoo this week for the annual check on their weight and size.
The check-up allows keepers to assess the animals’ general health, find out about pregnancies, when they are about to moult, and help to administer medicines according to their weight, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) said.
The information is shared with zoos around the world by ZSL, a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.
But actually getting animals to stand up and be measured is no easy task, involving for example tricking penguins into walking over scales as they line up for their morning feed or hanging breakfast from up high to encourage lions to reach up to their full height.
“We have to know the vital statistics of every animal at the zoo, from the tallest giraffe to the tiniest ant,” said ZSL’s assistant curator of mammals, Teague Stubbington.
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