Surprise new addition to London Zoo

London Zoo has had a surprise new addition in the form of their first ever baby sloth -but keepers didn't even know the parents had mated.

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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

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

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Swimming "good exercise" for tiger

Tiger keeper Teague Stubbington said: "Jae Jae loves chilling out in the Tiger Territory pool - especially on hot days - but we really wanted him to make better use of it and encourage his natural swimming abilities.

"Not only is swimming fantastic exercise for Jae Jae, the anticipation of getting to the meat stimulates his natural predatory instincts - and catching his 'prey' is the best reward he can get!"

Swimming is good exercise for the tiger. Credit: ITN
Taking a dip. Jae Jae explores the deeper sections of the pool. Credit: ITN
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