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In Photos: Eerie Zoo Animal Skeletons, in X-Rays

Toco toucan

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(Image credit: Oregon Zoo)

Also known as the common toucan, the Toco toucan is the biggest and best-known of all the toucans — a group that includes more than 40 species.

Fat-tailed gecko

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(Image credit: Oregon Zoo)

An X-ray of a fat-tailed gecko makes it easy to see how the animal got its name, with a thin chain of tail bones cushioned by plenty of flesh.

Flamingo

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(Image credit: Oregon Zoo)

The digital X-ray system used by the Oregon Zoo "produces images with great detail and clarity. It helps ensure excellent health care for the animals, and it also provides a unique glimpse inside the world of wildlife," zoo representatives said in a statement.

Hedgehog

zoo animal x-rays

(Image credit: Oregon Zoo)

Veterinarians use X-rays to monitor the health of zoo animals. While a dark blob inside the gut of this hedgehog may look alarming, it is actually just a harmless ball of gas.

Mindy Weisberger
Mindy Weisberger is a senior writer for Live Science covering general science topics, especially those relating to brains, bodies, and behaviors in humans and other animals — living and extinct. Mindy studied filmmaking at Columbia University; her videos about dinosaurs, biodiversity, human origins, evolution, and astrophysics appear in the American Museum of Natural History, on YouTube, and in museums and science centers worldwide. Follow Mindy on Twitter.