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Another Marius faces death

SHOT, DRAWN AND DEVOURED: Copenhagen Zoo's Marius (pictured), before it was killed, dissected and eaten by lions on Sunday. Now, another giraffe of the same name in Jyllands Park Zoo might be put down if the zoo acquires a female.


    Feb 14, 2014

    Another Marius faces death


    THE Danish Jyllands Park Zoo said on Wednesday it might put down one of its giraffes named Marius, which by coincidence has the same name as the giraffe Copenhagen Zoo slaughtered on Sunday to the disgust of animal lovers around the world.

    Staff at Copenhagen Zoo have received death threats 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 likely, zookeeper Janni Lojtved Poulsen told news agency Ritzau. The zoo also has a younger male called Elmer.

    "We can't have two males and one female. Then there will be fights," Ms Poulsen said.

    Like its namesake in Copenhagen, Jyllands Park Zoo's Marius is considered unsuitable for breeding.

    "If the breeding programme coordinator decides that it should be put down, then that's what we'll do," Ms Poulsen said.

    She said that zoos in Denmark have been killing surplus animals for many years, and that the protests following the killing in Copenhagen are not deterring Jyllands Park Zoo.

    "Many places 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.