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London Zoo conducts its annual weigh-in
The information helps keepers monitor the health of the zoo's animals.

Meerkat gets weighed at London Zoo annual weigh-in (c) London Zoo

London Zoo has begun its annual weigh-in as it measures and records the vital statistics of the 14,000 animals in its care.

The information gathered, which helps the zoo to monitor the health and wellbeing of the animals, is shared with other zoos around the world through the Zoological Information Management System.

Angela Ryan, London Zoo’s head of zoological operations, said: “We record the vital statistics of every animal at the Zoo – from the tallest giraffe to the tiniest tadpole.
“Having this data helps to ensure that every animal we care for is healthy, eating well, and growing at the rate they should - a key indicator of health and wellbeing.
“For example, a growing waistline can help us to detect and monitor pregnancies, which is vitally important as many of the species we care for are threatened in the wild and part of international conservation breeding programmes - London Zoo coordinates the global programme for Sumatran tigers, for example.
“By sharing information with other zoos and conservationists around the world, we can all use this knowledge to better care for the species we’re striving to protect.”

Cameras were on hand to capture the various methods the keepers employed to weigh and measure the different animals.

Keeper Jessica Ray weighs Humboldt penguins (c) London Zoo

Sumatran tiger cub Zac is measured (c) London Zoo

Weighing a green-winged macaw (c) London Zoo

Keeper Luke Moir measures a giant Tirachoidea stick insect (c) London Zoo

Keeper Agnes Kiss weighs a squirrel monkey (c) London Zoo



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Reporting service for dead wild birds updated

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 The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has updated its online reporting service for dead wild birds.

The new version allows those reporting a dead bird to drop a pin on a map when reporting the location. It also includes a wider range of wild bird species groups to select from when describing the bird.

The online service, which helps APHA to monitor the spread of diseases such as avian influenza, can be accessed here

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Northern Ireland's chief veterinary officer (CVO) has urged farmers to be vigilant for signs of bluetongue, after the Animal and Plant Health Agency warned there was a very high probability of further cases in Great Britain.

There have been 126 confirmed cases of bluetongue virus serotype 3 in England since November 2023, with no cases reported in Northern Ireland. The movement of live ruminants from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is currently suspended.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the virus is most likely to enter Northern Ireland through infected animals or germplasm (semen or ova) being imported.

Brian Dooher, Northern Ireland's CVO, said: "Surveillance for this disease within Northern Ireland has been increased to assist with detection at the earliest opportunity which will facilitate more effective control measures."

Farmers should report any suspicions of the disease to their private veterinary practitioner, the DAERA Helpline on 0300 200 7840 or their local DAERA Direct Veterinary Office.