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Lucifer the 30-stone lion gets health check

Spare a thought for the vets at London Zoo who have been looking after Lucifer, the 30 stone lion.

The Asian big cat's been given a heath check to make sure he's fit and ready to join a new breeding group for the endangered species in a new location.

Lucifer the Lion given a health check before he moves to a new breeding group Credit: ZSL
Vets had to give the 11-year-old an all-over examination Credit: ZSL

Zookeepers had to train the 11-year-old lion, named after his studbook number 666, to lie on his side so they could administer an anesthetic with an injection.

He's part of a special Zoological Society of London campaign, Lion400, aimed at raising £5.7 million to save the species.

Vets gave him an all-over examination in his enclosure down to checking the inside of his mouth to check his teeth.

He's been given a clean bill of health and will move later this week.



Keepers hope Tammy "doesn't become a diva"

Tammy the anteater will be out roaming ZSL London Zoo from tonight, when a number of late night openings begin.

She's at her most active during the evening and early in the morning, but her eyesight isn't up to much, so the clumsy 12-year-old is getting a minder to make sure she doesn't get into trouble. We speak to keeper Caroline Westlake.

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