Brilliant Tactics Animal Care Workers Use To Weigh Exotic Creatures

Those who work with exotic animals get to experience things many of us never will. They feed, bathe, and watch over creatures like pandas, koalas, sloths, and owls. A part of caring for these animals is getting their weight, which isn’t always an easy task. From wrapping the animal up like a burrito to weighing them in a water-filled bowl, animal care workers have creative tactics to get the job done. Read on to see how the experts weigh some of the most exotic creatures around.

The Sloth Carrier And Hook Scale

sloth-weighed
@SamTrull/Twitter
@SamTrull/Twitter

Sloths may be slow, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to keep on the scale. These animal care workers opted to lock the sloth in a carrier and use a hook to weigh them together.

Afterward, all they would need to do is subtract the weight of the carrier from the total, and the answer would give them the sloth’s weight. The creature seemed to enjoy hanging on to the carrier door as it was turned to the side to hang on the hook.

The Koala Perch

koala-weighed
Kangaroo Island Koala and Wildlife Rescue Centre/Facebook
Kangaroo Island Koala and Wildlife Rescue Centre/Facebook

You know you’re an animal lover when you’re willing to build a special structure just to make them comfortable with being weighed. These experts created a wooden perch for their koala to hang onto while being weighed.

This way, the precious animal can feel in its natural element without even realizing that it’s on a scale. The animal care workers would just need to subtract the weight of the wooden structure to come up with the koala’s weight.

A Baby Stingray Gets Weighed In Water

baby-stingray-weighed
@calacademy/Twitter
@calacademy/Twitter

We have yet to see a creature that isn’t positively adorable as a baby. This stingray is no exception. The tiny creature fits into a glass baking pan, which is then filled with water to keep it safe.

The water-filled container is then placed onto a scale. As with the other animals we’ve seen, the experts will need to do a little math to get the stingray’s exact weight. We just wonder how they’ll go about this when the baby grows into an adult!

Owls Get Wrapped Up Like A Burrito

owl-weighed
birdnerd111/Reddit
birdnerd111/Reddit

Being that owls are nocturnal, we can only imagine how unique they are to work with. Apparently weighing them in their sleep doesn’t work, so the experts have to use a specially-designed wrap. The cloth wraps around the owl to restrain its wings so it won’t fly away.

We would assume that it’s secured with a strip of velcro that is just strong enough to that owl can’t spread its wings. From there, the owl is laid on its back so it doesn’t lose balance. We have t wonder why the animal doesn’t just rollover.

A Special Instrument Is Used For Tiny Frogs

frog-weighed
belizzb/Reddit
belizzb/Reddit

This itty bitty frog is so small that its weight wouldn’t even be registered on a scale. For that reason, experts need to use a special instrument that can detect such a light amount of weight.

The tiny scale looks like a flash drive that is attached to a plastic spoon. Judging by the teaspoon and tablespoon markings, it looks like the kind of scale you would use to measure out small amounts of liquid or grains.

The Upside Down Turtle On A Can Trick

turtle-weighed
@amyngyn/Twitter
@amyngyn/Twitter

Turtles are tricky to weigh because if they’re right-side-up, they’ll just crawl off the scale. On the contrary, if you flip them upside down, they can become unstable on their curved shell.

These animal care workers solved this problem with the help of a can. The open-top stabilizes the curved shell so that the turtle can balance on its back. From there, the experts can subtract the weight of the can to find out what the turtle weighs.

A Perfectly-Sized Penguin Container

baby-penguin-weighed
@EmWritesScience/Twitter
@EmWritesScience/Twitter

To keep this penguin on the scale, the animal care workers placed the adorable creature into a plastic container. Since the penguin is tall and lean, they found a container that perfectly matched its body type.

The container is close enough to the penguin’s body that it can’t escape, but without causing discomfort. Furthermore, the penguin can still peek out the top to keep an eye on the workers and get some fresh air in the short time its getting weighed.

Baby Giraffes Need To Be Held

giraffe-weighed
@erinruberry/Twitter
@erinruberry/Twitter

Baby giraffes are quite large compared to humans, standing at around six feet tall! To get their weight, you need a strong worker to carry the animal while standing on the scale.

Since newborn giraffes typically weigh around 200 pounds, you need to have some upper body strength to pull off this tactic. The person who can carry the giraffe will also need to weigh themselves on their own first to know how many pounds to deduce from the total.

A Baby Panda Gets Weighed In A Cozy Tub

panda-weighed
amivitale/Instagram
amivitale/Instagram

This baby panda looks positively cuddly as it lounges in a plastic tub on the scale. It looks like the animal is kicking back in a shay chair without a care in the world. If it weren’t for the tub, the panda would probably be crawling all over the place.

The tub creates a cozy spot for the panda to relax while the animal care workers take its weight. All they’ll have to do is deduce the weight of the tub to see how heavy the adorable panda is.

If You Give A Prairie Dog A Walnut…

prairie-dog-weighed
@ZookeeperCasi/Twitter
@ZookeeperCasi/Twitter

The same way that treats can encourage a dog to be obedient, you can convince a prairie dog to obey with a walnut. This animal care worker simply placed the walnut on the scale to lure the animal onto it.

Once the prairie dog had the walnut, it stood on the scale long enough that they could measure its weight. Since the nut doesn’t weigh enough to make a significant difference, they can take the number on the scale as accurate.

A Parrot Perch

parrot-weighed
@pierrekerner/Twitter
@pierrekerner/Twitter

If you or someone you know has a parrot, you know that they love to perch onto branch-like stands. To convince this parent to step on the scale, the experts created a wooden perch that it could wrap its claws around.

The parrot seems completely content standing there, and blissfully unaware that the workers are evaluating its weight. It certainly feels much more in its element standing on the perch than it would standing on a scale.

These Penguins Got Lured With Sardines

penguins-weighed
@CGTNOfficial/Twitter
@CGTNOfficial/Twitter

Similar to how the prairie dog was lured onto the scale with a walnut, these penguins will do anything to follow the sardine. One penguin is standing on the scale obediently while the other one seems like it can’t wait to get on the scale.

Though the penguins probably have no idea what they’re doing, they seem to understand the relationship between following directions and getting a treat. Nothing gets an animal’s attention like food!

These Squirrels Were Lured Into A Box

squirrel-weighed
@Sai_GW/Twitter
@Sai_GW/Twitter

If you ever tried to run and catch a squirrel as a kid, then you know how difficult they can be to keep up with. The quick and skittish little animals would be impossible to convince to stay still on a scale.

To take their weight, experts got the squirrels into a box. Judging by the squirrel who is sitting in the box, we would guess that there are nuts at the bottom as bait.

The Koala Stuffed Animal

koala-weighed-2
@CWSlive/Twitter
@CWSlive/Twitter

Koalas are known for their adorable embrace, so it’s no surprise that they need to have something to grasp while being weighed. If you don’t have the time to make them a climbing structure, just grab a koala stuffed animal.

This baby koala is clinging onto the plush toy koala like it’s a living animal. It’s like the little creature doesn’t realize that the toy isn’t its mother. If that isn’t precious, we don’t know what is.

This Monkey Has To Swing From The Scale

monkey-weighed
GoGPS/Facebook
GoGPS/Facebook

To weigh a monkey, you’ll want to somehow incorporate their love of swinging. That’s what these experts did when they hung a plastic bucket from a hanging scale. The monkey is happily climbing on the bucket, enabling the animal care workers to grab its wait.

We would guess that they put a treat inside of the bucket as bait so that the monkey would take an interest in it. Fortunately, the monkey didn’t just hop on and then jump back off.

This Puppy Got Weighed In A Purse

puppy-weighed
Winters_Aspen/Reddit
Winters_Aspen/Reddit

If you have a puppy, you know how difficult it can be to keep then in one place. When these animal care experts found a stray pup, they decided that the easiest way to gather its weight would be to put it in a purse.

From there, they hung the straps onto the weight hook. The little pooch was too stuck to leap out, so it had to wait until the experts were done.

This Little Cougar Is Weighed In A Bowl

baby-cougar-weighed
@ZooSalzburg/Twitter
@ZooSalzburg/Twitter

Is there anything cuter than a roaring cougar? This photo looks like it was taken from the scene in The Lion King when Simba is trying to find his roar. The tiny but fierce animal is in a shallow bowl to get weighed.

It must be a newborn because it’s too small to figure out how to escape a small container. Since the poor kitty can’t get out, it has resorted to roaring like a precious baby.

Baby Zebras Also Need To Be Carried

zebra-weighed
@virginiazoo/Twitter
@virginiazoo/Twitter

Like giraffes, the best way to weigh a baby zebra is to have someone step on the scale while carrying them. Since zebras only weigh 50 to 100 pounds when they’re newborns, it doesn’t require quite as much upper body strength.

Still, carrying one would be a challenge, so you’d need a strong worker to manage it. Of course, the worker’s exact weight would need to be taken first to know how much to subtract from the total.

This Baby Otter Needed Some Cushioning

baby-otter-weighed
@erinruberry/Twitter
@erinruberry/Twitter

Since otters live both in the sea and on land, they don’t need to be in the water when getting weighed. This baby otter is small enough that the experts could simply place it into a small container to prevent it from scooting away.

Since the otter has a long and thick body and is lying on its stomach, the animal care workers cushioned the container to make it more comfortable. The cute little creature seems content with its makeshift bed.

Baby Lambs Can Be Weighed In A Bucket

goat-weighed
@motherfarm/Twitter
@motherfarm/Twitter

Buckets are the perfect contraption to keep a baby lamb in without worrying about their discomfort or escape. They have just enough room to sit on their hind legs and peak out their head.

At the same time, they don’t have enough room to comfortably launch themselves out of the bucket. Particularly since this scale is so high from the floor, this baby lamb isn’t willing to risk trying to get out, so it’s patiently relaxing until it’s over.