London Zoo releases animal X-rays to showcase care and conservation work

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London Zoo has released a series of X-rays of exotic creatures to showcase their work over the past decade.

The archive images include X-rays of a critically endangered big-headed turtle, Humboldt penguin chicks and a Western diamondback rattlesnake, and were all taken during the zoo’s work to care for more than 14,000 animals and 400 species.

An X-ray of a meerkat
An X-ray of a meerkat (London Zoo/PA)

Sophie Sparrow, senior veterinary nurse, said: “Many of the species in our care are threatened in the wild and are part of important global breeding programmes.

An X-ray of a big-headed turtle
An X-ray of a big-headed turtle (ZSL/PA)

The images have been shared ahead of the conservation zoo’s Vets In Action event between February 11 and 19, which will see children join the vet team during the spring half-term to learn more about their work.

An X-ray of a Humboldt penguin chick
An X-ray of a Humboldt penguin chick (ZSL/PA)

“So when they need to have simple procedures, such as a blood test, animals like Bhanu, our Asiatic lion, are happy to simply offer up their tail for a blood draw, instead of having a general anaesthetic.”

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