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After giraffe uproar, Copenhagen zoo kills 4 lions

Denmark Lions Killed

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - A Danish zoo that faced protests for killing a healthy giraffe to prevent inbreeding says it has put down four lions, including two cubs, to make room for a new male lion.

Citing the "pride's natural structure and behavior," the Copenhagen Zoo said Tuesday that two old lions had been euthanized as part of a generational shift. It said the cubs were also put down because they were not old enough to fend for themselves and "anyway would have been killed by the new male lion."

Zoo officials hope the new male and two females born in 2012 will form the nucleus of a new pride.

Last month the zoo triggered a wave of protests by killing a 2-year-old giraffe, and feeding its remains to the lions as visitors watched.

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Michele March 25 2014 at 9:29 PM

The government should SHUT DOWN THIS ZOO..............this is atrocious. Other zoo's would have been more than happy to take the cubs. WTF???!!!!!!

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edward4600 March 25 2014 at 10:09 PM

Why can't you just leave them in the wild where they stand a chance?

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nam myoho renge March 25 2014 at 10:12 PM

lets put the ones responsible and feed them to the lions

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Paul J Reese March 25 2014 at 10:13 PM

That is Messed Up !
They should feed the Zoo Keeper or whomever decided to kill this beautiful animal

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mm18firstin10 March 25 2014 at 10:28 PM

Lets show the kiddies the true circle of life!! And stop the inbreeding in Denmark at the top!! Lets put the Zoo Officials on display and then euthanize (a bolt gun would be nice!) them and feed them to the other animals!! So they learn what happens when dumb asses do dumb ass things like killing the animals that are in there care!!!

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laciemcc March 25 2014 at 10:31 PM

Are the Danish people heartless?

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monicadwatkins laciemcc March 25 2014 at 10:40 PM

I guess a Viking is a Viking is a Viking.

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dragonpeter56 March 25 2014 at 10:33 PM

Disgusting excuses for human beings. The world animals populations are facing extinction and these dumbasses are killing off animals instead of putting them into other gene pools.

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Beautiful One March 25 2014 at 10:38 PM

What in the hell is wrong with people? This is just like "MAN" to destroy something they don't know how to deal with. DESPICABLE!

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mikeam91 March 25 2014 at 11:15 PM

Glad to be an American where our zoos uses harmless contraception to prevent over population and unwanted breeding. Europeans need to wake up and realize that allowing animals to freely bred in captivity and then kill them is not sustainable and is unjustifiable. The Copenhagen Zoo kills 20-30 animals per year for no reason. Shame on Denmark and shame on Europe for there barbaric zoological practices!

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