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Second Danish Zoo Says It Won't Kill Healthy Giraffe

Second Danish Zoo Says It Won't Kill Healthy Giraffe

Last week, despite protests and an international petition, the Copenhagen Zoo killed a giraffe named Marius. The 18-month-old animal was shot in the head, dissected, and then fed to the zoo's lions as spectators watched.

The zoo defended its controversial decision - pointing to European laws on inbreeding that says there can't be too many giraffes sharing genes within the same facility.

According to Channel 4, the zoo spokesperson said, "Sometimes you have to do something which is not very nice in order to achieve something which is very nice which is a healthy population. Without a healthy population, forget about healthy animals. Forget about animals in the wild."

And despite all the outrage caused by the zoo's move, there had been reports another Danish zoo might be considering the same fate for one of its giraffes - a healthy seven-year-old, coincidentally also named Marius.

A zoologist with the Jyllands Park Zoo told CNN the park was considering bringing in a breeding female giraffe to join Marius and another more genetically-valuable male giraffe.

Should that happen, the thinking was the zoo would try to find another home for Marius, but if it couldn't, there wouldn't be enough space for all of the giraffes and Marius might have to be euthanized.

But on Friday, the zoo denied it was ever planning to kill the animal. Writing in a statement: "There is no plan, and there has never been a plan to neither move or euthanize any of our giraffes. The media stories are only based on a hypothetical situation, which we have answered questions about."

News of a second possible giraffe killing brought in several offers to find Marius a new home. According to The Guardian, the president of Chechnya offered to take in the animal at his personal zoo.

Celebrity zoologist Jack Hanna also raised more $100,000 to bring the second giraffe to a zoo in Ohio.

The offers, the Jyllands Park Zoo says it will be keeping all of its giraffes.

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SumBreezeHuh February 15 2014 at 10:22 AM

What this zoo and all zoos are not admitting is the fact that if the animals were not raised in a zoo, there would be no need to play god with their genetic lines. If they were in the wild where they were meant to be, nature would take care of all that.

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linda SumBreezeHuh February 15 2014 at 2:34 PM

The killing of the giraffe was cruel and not humane, Where was Peta?? They could have given the giraffe to another zoo or animal place to live his or her life out. What a bunch of jerks!!

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imtenney February 15 2014 at 11:21 AM

Why don't they think about euthanizing people that are suffering?

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Rockin Ronnie February 15 2014 at 11:04 AM

You folks are cruel. How could you ever do such a thing? Couldn't you find another zoo to take this beautiful animal? To add insult to injury little school kids saw the entire event. How sick is that. If the zoo is required to hold certification or licensing form you gov't it should be revoked. There is no excuse for this action- You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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JohnnYuma Rockin Ronnie February 15 2014 at 11:14 AM

Haven't they ever heard of castration? End of problem..

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aaltexan February 15 2014 at 11:02 AM

ANIMAL KILLERS! I would LOVE to have a FEW seconds with those killers.

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David S. aaltexan February 15 2014 at 11:22 AM

What do you think goes on in animal shelters in this country? Do we not euthanize them......

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jpfmtka David S. February 15 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yes, but we do not import them from foreign countries, allow them to breed while under our care and supervision , and then provide a public spectacle of skinning them and feeding them to other animals. Seems more like Roman Coliseum mentaility to me.

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Heidi Ann aaltexan February 15 2014 at 11:23 AM

You and me both.

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fernandezarthr February 15 2014 at 11:02 AM

.......the contradiction and pains of a "Socialist Society",.......they have money to support some a$$ hole Heroine drug addiction, but they don't have money to maintain a hopeless, and dependent animal Zoo, that they put there in the first place, wasn't his choice to be there!!....... Morons!.......

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SuKDu February 15 2014 at 11:14 AM

What this zoo's administrators neglect to mention is that a giraffe of Marius's age and health wouldn't likely be killed by lions in the wild. A grown giraffe can kill a lion with a single kick.

Lions and other predators go after the very young, the old and the ill or injured, not the healthy. And they don't conduct DNA tests first.

The problem is the Catch-22 created by the international organization the zoo belongs to. They have a DNA-based breeding program, which is fine. But they demand that members only deal with other zoos in the organization and may not sell or give unwanted animals to anyone outside that organization. They have endless reasons why the animal cannot be neutered or live with another male or . . . The list goes on to the point that there is no choice: If he will not be used in a breeding program, he will be killed. That's their dirty little secret.

The reason for this idiocy, the organization claims, is fear that the animal might end up in a circus somewhere!

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Heidi Ann SuKDu February 15 2014 at 11:22 AM

The difference is THEY did this in front of people AND they had other choices to find another home for him. People offered to take him in and they said NO. This isn't the wild.

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Beautiful February 15 2014 at 11:14 AM

I don't get it. They don't want them to inbred, can't they neuter them? Maybe some biological reason?

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jmwbooks Beautiful February 15 2014 at 11:35 AM

I absolutely agree. To kill a young healthy rare animal was disgusting.

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Michelle February 15 2014 at 10:58 AM

Other zoos were lining up begging to take that girraffe off of that zoo's hands yet they were "hell bent" on shooting it in the head and feeding it to the lions. They took this "we know what we're doing, the hell with your offers, go way and leave us to our work" arrogant attitute. It is so wrong on so many levels. An innocent creature acclamated to it's home at this zoo, sweet, curious, known to the public is led to a corner during opening hours, with zoo members and paying customers, women and children excited to see the animals theylove have the bad luck of being there as their beloved girraffe is having it's life snuffed out by a bullet to the back of it's sweet head, they get to see it lose it's life with a bloody hole in it's head and it's body convulse one last time. And if that was not bad enough they then get to be privy to the dismembering of this freshly murdered innocent resident of the zoo and then see lions tearing at it's flesh which was just minutes ago intact and healthy, holding up and supporting it's life and enabling it to move freely and breath the air and taste it's food and make people smile and laugh with it's funny inquisitive face and graceful loping across it's outdoor space. This horrific event was forced upon zoo patrons and it tested their reaction....some cried, some turned away in anquish...but others did something that is getting to be the new "normal" in human beings, especially the ones from 12 to 30.....a rabid excitement to watch, ooh and ahh and get it recorded on their cell phone cameras. If Jesus Christ was being crucified today instead of a throng of people following and crying behind him as he carried his cross there would be people laughing, saying "damn he be bleedin' bad!" and fighting for position to film this "dude" on their cell phone cameras. No apathy. No horror. No realization or concern for how "wrong" this is, no caring that it is an innocent man, a man preaching love and forgiveness. In today's society a life taken, no matter how slowly or brutally their loss of life is.....it's just a great opportunity to make a youtube video. And then they just carry on with their own self-absorbed life as if nothing ever happened. No sleep lost.

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nReno Michelle February 15 2014 at 12:15 PM

Nice comment! I agree with you.

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samsonville500 February 15 2014 at 10:53 AM

Shame on you Copenhagen Zoo! There had to be another solution, i.e. Jack Hanna and his generous offer to bring the giraffe to the USA. We don't execute our wildlife here in America. I am disappointed by your barbaric practices.

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David S. samsonville500 February 15 2014 at 11:24 AM

What do you think we do in animal shelters here? Euthanasia is a kind word for killing......

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classshows February 15 2014 at 11:21 AM

DON'T CONFUSE PUTTING A SICK OR INJURED ANIMAL DOWN WITH NEEDLESS SLAUGHTER. WHY DON'T WE SEE VARIOUS VETERINARIANS OFFERING THEIR ENDORSEMENT OF THIS HORRRIBLE ACTION? THAT'S BECAUSE THEY WON'T. TRANSPORTING AND RELOCATION WOULD HAVE SOLVED "THEIR PROBLEM". THIS IS AN IMAGE VERY YOUNG CHILDREN WERE WITNESS TO AND WILL NEVER FORGET. THE ANSWERS AND REASONS PROVIDED DON'T STAND THE LOGIC TEST. WHY DID YOU LET IT LIVE 18 MONTHS ONLY TO KILL IT????? IF YOUR REASONS ARE AS YOU SAY - THEN LOGIC SHOULD DICTATE THAT THIS ANIMAL WOULD NOT BE RAISED TO NEARLY 2 YEARS OLD. THERE'S NO REASON BUT THERE WERE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS. IDIOTS - TOTAL MORONS.

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frinichou classshows February 15 2014 at 11:37 AM

Not morons... sadists.

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