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Zoo animals of all sizes lineup for the count
London keepers embarked Thursday on their annual stock-taking of all the zoo's residents. It's no easy task, when there are more than 17,500 creatures to count. All animals have to be accounted for, including the tarantulas, locusts and snails.

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Keeper Amy Callaghan takes a close look at Jill the Red Kneed Spider during the annual stocktake at London Zoo.

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A Spectacled Owl looks at a clipboard during a photo call for the annual stock take at London Zoo.
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A meerkat stands on keeper Tegan McPhail.
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Keeper Jeff Lambert smiles as two leaf insects get close.
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A meerkat sits on a keeper's clipboard.
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A muddy Bullfrog is inspected during a photo call for the annual stock take at London Zoo.
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More than 17,500 animals including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are counted in the annual stock take at the zoo.
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A male jungle nymph sits on a female jungle nymph.
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A Spectacled Owl nips a clipboard during a photo call for the annual stock take at London Zoo
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A muddy Bullfrog is inspected.
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Zoo animals of all sizes lineup for the count

London keepers embarked Thursday on their annual stock-taking of all the zoo's residents. It's no easy task, when there are more than 17,500 creatures to count. All animals have to be accounted for, including the tarantulas, locusts and snails.

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