Every year, The London Zoo gathers up all of its animals to be weighed and measured. Wednesday, August 24, 2016, was the date of this year’s “weigh-in.”
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) zoo, home to more than 17,000 animals, said in a statement that the animals’ weights will be added to an international database to share with zoos around the world.
“We have to know the vital statistics of every animal at the zoo – however big or small,” said Mark Habben, the zoological manager. “This information helps us to monitor their health and their diets and by sharing the information with other zoos and conservationists worldwide, we can use this knowledge to better care for all our animals.”
Weighing animals requires a little creative thinking. Zookeepers fooled Penguins into being weighed by simply lining them up for breakfast. At the end of the line, just before the spot where food was handed out, they stepped onto a scale – one by one. Tigers and lions were encouraged to stand as tall as they could by reaching for their breakfast, which was being held over their heads.
But don’t just take it from me – watch the video of all this here.