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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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Julie February 15 2014 at 1:31 PM

Why are they allowing these animals to breed in the first place? I thought zoos were here to be responsible and preserve... not destroy our animals... Let's face it... IF it were ab out them being to closely bred, they would ahve never allowed it to happen... sounds like the zoo's fund are running low and they are feeding their animals to other animals around the zoo because they can not afford the upkeep... ship the animals out to more responsible places and zooz so they can be loved and taken care of... zoos swap animals all the time... this one can't for some reason to preserve their bloodlines?? Something sounds fishy here...

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bsmith4514 February 15 2014 at 3:14 PM

who next honey bo bo

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lafemmeeternelle February 15 2014 at 3:14 PM

These cretins have no business running a zoo. They have committed unconscionable and heartbreakingly cruel acts. I feel so sorry for the poor giraffe. Innocent and did not ask to be brought into this world. Those who murdered, dissected and callously gave his flesh to the lions to eat, are themselves, savages. They are sadists, and do not deserve the privilege of being in the company of these beautiful sentient beings. I hope they are dealt swift blows by Karma---Publicly.

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StillDezzin February 15 2014 at 3:23 PM

Maybe our outrage and petitions have been effective in this case.

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ijog February 15 2014 at 3:29 PM

And the reason they can't neuter the animal is....

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henry_bevis ijog February 15 2014 at 4:20 PM

The zoos across the world have trouble feeding all of their animals.

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mesager42 February 15 2014 at 4:17 PM

Why can't European zoos just neuter the male giraffes and give them to petting zoos or other venues where people can see them?

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zuluwarrior225 February 15 2014 at 4:21 PM

Is Denmark ignorant on animal birth control? Killing is the only option? Really? And the killing, quartering, skinning & feeding the giraffe remains to the lions in front of adult & child witnesses under the pretense of education is the lamest and the most moronic excuse I've ever heard! WOW! Stick to making danishes, leave the animals alone, Denmark!

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Bernie zuluwarrior225 February 15 2014 at 4:56 PM

the old expression cometh true…… “something’s rotten in Denmark”

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ajpoolio1 February 15 2014 at 4:24 PM

Heart less people.

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jdianovsky February 15 2014 at 4:29 PM

I'm happy that this animal will be spared. However, this issue is far from over. Please sign my petition to the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums urging them to change their policies!


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abcstarfox jdianovsky February 15 2014 at 9:08 PM

Thank you for the sight....I forworded it on to others ....

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R.B.Rose February 15 2014 at 4:33 PM

Barbarians! I will never forget how Zoo murdered Marius!

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Bernie R.B.Rose February 15 2014 at 4:54 PM

You are not alone…. and there is no doubt in this mind that this Marius is being spared only so this zoo can safe face…… they are still barbarians….

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