Just a few days after Copenhagen Zoo killed a perfectly healthy giraffe and carved it up in public, Danish Jyllands Park Zoo announced that it might put down one of its giraffes, coincidentally also named Marius. Zookeeper Janni Lojtved Poulsen said that the seven-year-old giraffe will be put down if they manage to acquire a female giraffe to replace him, but the zoo still hasn’t decided whether it should carry out a public dissection.
The 2-year-old giraffe Marius was shot with a bolt pistol, skinned and chopped to pieces in front of a large crowd of visitors, before it was thrown to the lions. Copenhagen Zoo said that the giraffe had to be killed to prevent inbreeding, even though they received offers from other zoos to save the animal. Staff at Copenhagen Zoo have since received numerous death threats.
The Copenhagen Zoo claimed it has followed the recommendation of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria to put the giraffe down because he was genetically too similar to other giraffes that are already bred within a limited genetic pool, which causes inbreeding.
An employee at the Jyllands Park Zoo, Janni Lojtved Poulsen said that animals have been killed for many years in Danish zoos and stated that in places where they don’t do this, the animals end up living in horrid conditions and are not allowed to breed. She added that the zoo will not change its plans in light of the wave of protests following the Copenhagen Zoo incident.