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In pics: London Zoo's animal count

Zoo Keeper Darren Jordan takes note of a Rock Hopper Penguin

The law says once a year zoo keepers must check the number of animals they think they have is correct, to keep an eye on breeding and to make sure none have gone walkabout.

Zookeeper Lucy Hawley helps with the annual London Zoo stock take as a Silvery Marmoset looks on

London zoo keepers have a big job on their hands making notes of the tens of thousands of creatures in their care. This Silvery Marmoset monkey is wondering what's going on!

Zookeeper Lucy Hawley with a sloth in the Clore Rainforest

This animal, called a sloth, which lives in the zoo's rainforest, is certainly enjoying the attention!

Zookeeper Darren Jordan takes note of an African Black Footed Penguin

And this African Black Footed Penguin is also curious to know what the fuss is about

A Zoo Keeper makes a note of an Owl Butterfly

But not all of the animals are willing to keep still and be counted like this owl butterfly.

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