ZSL London Zoo brought a variety of beautiful images, including the one above, of the Nasi, a big-headed turtle.
Talk about X-ray vision.
A group of beautiful photos released by ZSL London Zoo, taken during routine health check of approximately 18,000 animals, provide a rare look at the different bones of different species of animals, including frogs, snakes, and turtles.
“We know so much about an animal’s health from looking at an X-ray of the strength of their bones to how healthy their heart is,” ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather MacIntosh said in a statement.
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The audits carried out by the zoo caretakers and veterinarians, involving weighing and measuring every inhabitant of the zoo.
“They are vital for our work, and although we get to see unique X-rays quite often, we still think that they are absolutely fascinating,” she added.
MacIntosh explained that the zoo keepers training is a part of the daily routine, so that the animals are “unmoved” during check-ups and X-rays.
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The image above shows Cornelius, a corn snake, at the London Zoo.
“My favorite X-rays are definitely the hoses. People have 33 vertebrae while snakes have between 200 and 400, that is how they are so incredibly agile — it is amazing to see on the screen,” MacIntosh said.
The images were shared as part of the Vets in Action, an event this week at London Zoo, where families can learn about the work of zoo employees.