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10 Feb

Baby Giraffe Killed, Then Fed to Lions at Danish Zoo

Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, was put down with a bolt gun early on Sunday, zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro confirmed. (Credit: KASPER PALSNOV/AFP/Getty Images | KELD NAVNTOFT/AFP/Getty Images)

February 18 UPDATE: The Jyllands Park Zoo will NOT euthanize its 7-year-old giraffe, contrary to initial speculation.

The decision comes days after the Danish zoo announced it might kill the healthy male in order to house a female that could be used for breeding. The plans were called off after the zoo failed to get one from the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, according to CNN.

February 13 UPDATE: Almost one week after the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized a healthy giraffe, a second zoo in Denmark announced it might kill one of its own for breeding purposes.

Jyllands Park Zoo, located in Videbæk, may euthanize its 7-year-old giraffe — also named Marius — in order to make room for a female that could contribute to the zoo’s breeding program, according to USA Today. The zoo doesn’t know if it will get the female, but officials there are prepared to kill Marius if ordered.

Jyllands Park also maintained its support of the Copenhagen Zoo, saying it “would have done the same."

A Danish zoo is under fire after killing a healthy baby giraffe and feeding its remains to lions, according to reports.

The controversial move came after officials at the Copenhagen Zoo decided to put down the 2-year-old giraffe, named Marius, in order to prevent inbreeding, as reported by The Daily Mail. Despite an online petition and offers from others to take Marius elsewhere, zookeepers shot the giraffe and dismembered him in front of visitors.

Spectators gather around to watch a zookeeper dismember Marius after he was shot and killed. (Credit: KASPER PALSNOV/AFP/Getty Images | KELD NAVNTOFT/AFP/Getty Images)

The Copenhagen Zoo has defended its actions, saying they were spurned by orders from the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. Zoo officials also defended the public display, calling it “educational.”

According to Danish media reports, the Copenhagen Zoo kills up to 30 animals a year.

Some 20 people demonstrate outside Copenhagen Zoo against the killing and of a perfectly healthy young giraffe named Marius on Febuary 9, 2014. (Credit: KASPER PALSNOV/AFP/Getty Images | KELD NAVNTOFT/AFP/Getty Images)

For more, visit The Daily Mail website. WARNING: The article contains graphic images and video that may upset readers.

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