Marius the giraffe that was killed at Copenhagen Zoo this
week. Photo Reuters
The Danish Jyllands Park Zoo says it might put down one
of its giraffes, which by coincidence is also named Marius,
just as the giraffe Copenhagen Zoo slaughtered this week to the
disgust of animal lovers around the world, according to Danish
news agency Ritzau.
Staff at Copenhagen Zoo have received death treats after the
zoo killed the 18-month-old healthy male giraffe because the
animal's genes were already well represented in an
international breeding programme that aims to maintain a
healthy giraffe population in European zoos.
Jyllands Park Zoo in western Denmark might put down its
seven-year-old Marius if the zoo manages to acquire a female
giraffe, which is most likely, zoo keeper Janni Lojtved
Poulsen told Ritzau. The zoo also has a younger male called
"We can't have two males and one female. Then there will be
fights," Poulsen said.
She said that it might be possible to find another place for
the giraffe to live, but that the probability is small. Like
its namesake in Copenhagen, Jyllands Park Zoo's Marius is
considered unsuitable for breeding.
"If the breeding programme coordinator decides that he should
be put down, then that's what we'll do," Poulsen said.
She said that zoos in Denmark have been killing surplus
animals for many years, and that the wave of protests
following Sunday's killing in Copenhagen is not deterring
Jyllands Park Zoo.
"Many places abroad where they do not do this, the animals
live under poor conditions, and they are not allowed to breed
either. We don't think that's ok," she said.
The giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo was dissected in front of
crowds at the zoo, and afterwards, some of the carcass was
then fed to other zoo animals and some was sent to research
projects in Denmark and abroad for study.
Poulsen said Jyllands Park Zoo has not yet considered whether
it should carry out a public dissection as the one in