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London Zoo counts animals in two by two

Published on Jan 3, 2014 12:08 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Every gorilla, penguin and even each ant in London Zoo was being rounded up and counted as the attraction's annual census got under way Thursday.

More than 850 species and thousands of individual animals have to be registered in the week-long stock take, which is required as part of the zoo's licencing agreement.

Some of the world's most endangered species were being counted for the first time, including the first spiny-headed lizards to be born in Britain.

Spectacled owls, oriental short-clawed otters, Humboldt penguins, jungle nymph insects and western lowland silverback gorillas were among the creatures logged in the census.

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