On the move: tigers head to Kent from London Zoo

Vets at London Zoo give Raika the tiger a health-check.
Vets at London Zoo give Raika the tiger a health-check. Photo: London Zoo.

A couple of tigers who've lived at London Zoo since 1997 have moved home.

Raika and her mate Lumpur have fronted fund-raising campaigns for London, but they've now transferred to Kent, to make way for new arrivals.

A blood sample is taken, while Raika is under anaesthetic.
A blood sample is taken, while Raika is under anaesthetic. Credit: London Zoo.

Both needed health checks before they travelled. Eyes, ears, chest - and of course, their razor-sharp teeth. Not surprisingly, the medics at London Zoo knocked them out with an anaesthetic before they got to work.

Vets inspect the tiger's paws.
Vets inspect the tiger's paws. Credit: London Zoo.

Andrea Thomas reports on how they've settled in their new surroundings.