Another giraffe faces death at Danish zoo

A young giraffe named Marius who was shot dead and autopsied in the presence of visitors to the gardens at Copenhagen zoo on Febuary 9, 2014 despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers.
Just days after a Copenhagen zoo sparked global outrage by putting down a healthy giraffe named Marius, another Danish zoo says it may do the same to a giraffe with the same name.

The Jyllands Park Zoo, near the town of Herning, said yesterday that it may have to kill one of its giraffes, coincidentally also named Marius, because its genes make it unsuitable for breeding, AFP reported.

"We can't keep him if we get a female, because then we would have two males that would fight with each other," said zookeeper Janni Loejtved Poulsen.

Seven-year-old Marius is healthy, but is less of a priority for breeders in the country.

This is because its genes are already represented in the European Endangered Species Programme, which the zoo joined just over a year ago.


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