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21/08/2018 15:48 BST | Updated 21/08/2018 16:22 BST

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

The check-up is part of the annual stock-take at the Dunstable zoo.

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 of the best – and cutest – pictures from the day:

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

Additional reporting from the Press Association