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In Pictures: Weigh to go for Whipsnade residents

Staff at the Dunstable zoo have been seeing if their creatures measure up.

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Meerkats Hari and Mara took to the scales at Whipsnade (Joe Giddens/PA)

Meerkats Hari and Mara took to the scales at Whipsnade (Joe Giddens/PA)

Meerkats Hari and Mara took to the scales at Whipsnade (Joe Giddens/PA)

Tape measures and scales have been out in force at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable as the animal inhabitants lined up for their annual weigh-in.

As part of their regular check-ups, all creatures at the zoo from rhinos to snails have their vital statistics recorded to help keep track of their health and wellbeing.

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This McCord’s box turtle wasn’t the heaviest on show (Joe Giddens/PA)

This McCord’s box turtle wasn’t the heaviest on show (Joe Giddens/PA)

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This McCord’s box turtle wasn’t the heaviest on show (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Red-billed hornbills named Guinea, Mali and Chad weighed as one (Joe Giddens/PA)

Red-billed hornbills named Guinea, Mali and Chad weighed as one (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Red-billed hornbills named Guinea, Mali and Chad weighed as one (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Behan, the greater one-horned rhinoceros, might have pushed the scales furthest (Joe Giddens/PA)

Behan, the greater one-horned rhinoceros, might have pushed the scales furthest (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Behan, the greater one-horned rhinoceros, might have pushed the scales furthest (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Tuuli, a Przewalski’s horse, is weighed by keeper Luke Pharoah (Joe Giddens/PA)

Tuuli, a Przewalski’s horse, is weighed by keeper Luke Pharoah (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Tuuli, a Przewalski’s horse, is weighed by keeper Luke Pharoah (Joe Giddens/PA)

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A flambeau butterfly lands on a clipboard during the weigh day (Joe Giddens/PA)

A flambeau butterfly lands on a clipboard during the weigh day (Joe Giddens/PA)

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A flambeau butterfly lands on a clipboard during the weigh day (Joe Giddens/PA)

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A partula snail was both weighed and measured by keeper Tom Maunders (Joe Giddens/PA)

A partula snail was both weighed and measured by keeper Tom Maunders (Joe Giddens/PA)

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A partula snail was both weighed and measured by keeper Tom Maunders (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Inca, the scarlet macaw, is weighed by keeper Rebecca Feenan during the annual weigh-in at Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable (Joe Giddens/PA)

Inca, the scarlet macaw, is weighed by keeper Rebecca Feenan during the annual weigh-in at Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Inca, the scarlet macaw, is weighed by keeper Rebecca Feenan during the annual weigh-in at Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable (Joe Giddens/PA)

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