A Rhino, 2 Meerkats And A Turtle... No It's Not A Joke, It's The Annual Whipsnade Zoo Animal Weigh-In

Kathryn Snowdon

What do a one-horned rhinoceros and a butterfly have in common? Well, on Tuesday it was their turn to step – or fly – onto the scales at the UK’s largest zoo for the annual animal weigh-in.

The process at Whipsnade Zoo is part of the animals’ regular check-ups, with all of the Dunstable institution’s creatures having their vital statistics recorded to help keep track of their health and wellbeing.

Here’s a selection a gallery of the best – and cutest – pictures from the day:

Behan, the greater one-horned rhinoceros steps onto the scales.

Behan, the greater one-horned rhinoceros steps onto the scales. PA Wire/PA Images Behan, the greater one-horned rhinoceros. PA Wire/PA Images Meerkats Hari and Mara. PA Wire/PA Images Meerkats Hari and Mara. PA Wire/PA Images A McCord's box turtle is weighed and measured. PA Wire/PA Images A partula snail is weighed and measured by keeper Tom Maunders. PA Wire/PA Images Tuuli the Przewalski's horse is weighed by keeper Luke Pharoah. PA Wire/PA Images A flambeau butterfly lands on a clipboard. PA Wire/PA Images Red billed hornbills named Guinea, Mali and Chad are weighed by keeper Rebecca Feenan. PA Wire/PA Images Inca, the scarlet macaw is weighed by keeper Rebecca Feenan. PA Wire/PA Images

Behan, the greater one-horned rhinoceros.
Meerkats Hari and Mara.
Meerkats Hari and Mara.
A McCord's box turtle is weighed and measured.
A partula snail is weighed and measured by keeper Tom Maunders.
Tuuli the Przewalski's horse is weighed by keeper Luke Pharoah.
A flambeau butterfly lands on a clipboard.
Red billed hornbills named Guinea, Mali and Chad are weighed by keeper Rebecca Feenan.
Inca, the scarlet macaw is weighed by keeper Rebecca Feenan.

Additional reporting from the Press Association

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