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London Zoo conducts the annual weigh

London Zoo conducts the annual weigh”

London Zoo hosted its annual weigh-in for more than 20,000 animals on Thursday (Aug 24), dangling food above lions and placing scales in front of penguins to get them to walk onto them.

Over the next several days, zookeepers will weigh and measure some 200 species of animals.

"On some species it's hard to get them on the scale, with squirrel monkeys it's hard to get them off", a spokesperson for the zoo was recorded as saying.

Not only does this help London Zoo look after its animals, but the information is also sent to a database for zoos around the world to use to check if their animals are healthy too.

The zoo's heaviest animal is a giraffe that weighs 1,800 pounds, while the lightest are leaf cutter ants, which weigh around 0.00001 of a pound.

"Weight is a particularly important indicator of health, and we can even detect pregnancies through a growing waist line", ZSL's zoological manager Mark Habben said.

"It also enables us to tell if an animal is pregnant on some occasions".



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