Danish zoo may kill another giraffe
February 14, 2014 - 6:47:10 am
COPENHAGEN: 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 thing 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 his genes make him unsuitable for breeding.
“We can’t keep him if we get a female, because then we would have two males that would fight with each other,” zoo keeper Janni Loejtved Poulsen told AFP.
Seven-year-old Marius is healthy but is less of a priority for breeders since his genes are already represented in the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), which the zoo joined just over a year ago.
“We have received one male giraffe that is highly ranked genetically, and it’s up to the breeding coordinator when they have another purebred giraffe for us,” Loejtved Poulsen said.