Second Giraffe Named Marius Might Be Killed In a Danish Zoo

World | February 13, 2014, Thursday // 14:14|  views

Marius, the giraffe killed in the Copenhagen zoo. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Amid the controversy and global public outrage surrounding the killing of Marius the giraffe in the Copenhagen zoo, another giraffe is at risk in a Danish zoo.

Jyllands Park zoo, in western Denmark said it might have to kill one of their male giraffes, also called Marius. The zoo currently has to male giraffes, approved by the European breeding programme and if it manages to acquire a female giraffe, Marius will have to be put down. The reason being that he is unsuitable for breeding and finding him a new home would be difficult.

Janni Poulsen, zookeeper at Jyllands Park, told The Guardian it was not clear when the park would acquire a female giraffe and that the decision on Marius's future would be taken by the breeding programme co-ordinator."If we are told we have to euthanise [Marius] we would of course do that," said Poulsen.

She said the park managers would not to be influenced by the wave of protests that followed the killing of 18-month-old Marius at Copenhagen zoo."It doesn't affect us in any way. We are completely behind Copenhagen and would have done the same," said Poulsen.

Meanwhile, the director of the Sofia Zoo Dr. Ivan Ivanov said that the zoo has never carried out such euthanasia. “Bulgarian law permits euthanasia only when the animal is terminally ill”, Ivanov said.

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Tags: Marius, giraffe, Copenhagen, European breeding programme, Sofia Zoo


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