Animals take to the scales

Animals at London Zoo have been stepping up to get measured and weighed today - as part of it's annual stock-take.

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98 stone of camel

How much does a camel weigh? And how do you get one onto the scales to find out? Here's a demonstration from the keepers at London Zoo, who are weighing all the animals as part of an annual survey.

Ghengis weighed 500g and Noemie 625kg. Keepers said both had lost weight after shedding their winter coats.

Treats for Tammy

Attracting an anteater onto the scales is no easy feat, as keepers at London Zoo demonstrated today. Tammy the tamandua had to be coaxed with mealworms - with varying levels of success. She weighed in at 6.8kg - the same as a road bike.

Vital statistics at London Zoo

The measurements taken during London zoo's annual stock-take are used to monitor the animals' health and shared with zoos across the world to compare information on endangered species.

"Every year we like to weigh the animals we have at the zoo, really just for a record so we can share it with other zoos and even conservation projects abroad."Not everything can be weighed, but anything that we have that can be trained, from camels to birds, aadvarks to armadillos - even the tigers - we are trying to get weighed today."By being able to tell what they weigh, we can use that later on if they're not very well - if they've lost weight we know that they're sick, if they're pregnant their weights will go up, so throughout the year we can use it as a comparative."

– Zookeeper Angela Ryan

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Beach bodies tested at London Zoo

Animals stepped on the scales at London Zoo today for the annual weigh-in. It allows the keepers to keep check of all their vital statistics and make sure they're all fit and healthy.

Waxy monkey frogs, giant African land snails and tamandua tree anteaters were among the creatures to take to the scales.

Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Max, the Eurasian eagle Owl, sits on a set of electronic scales and is weighed Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
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