SECOND Danish zoo poised to kill a healthy giraffe because it is 'unsuitable for breeding'
- Giraffe also called Marius like one killed by Copenhagen Zoo on Sunday
- Zoo hoping to bring in a female giraffe as part of its breeding programme
- Marius is eldest of two males, but only one can stay over fear of fighting
A second Danish zoo has threatened to put down one of its healthy giraffes just days after Copenhagen Zoo slaughtered one to the disgust of animal lovers. Jyllands Park Zoo said it was considering the measure against a giraffe which by coincidence was named Marius like the one killed on Sunday, according to Danish news agency Ritzau.
Staff at Copenhagen Zoo have received death treats 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.
Zookeepers at Jyllands Park Zoo said the act is necessary because Marius may fight with a younger male already at the zoo when the female arrives. And they insisted the death threats aimed at staff in Copenhagen would not deter them. Keeper Janni Lojtved Poulsen said: 'We can't have two males and one female. Then there will be fights.'
She said that it might be possible to find another place for the giraffe to live, but that the probability is small. Like its namesake in Copenhagen, Jyllands Park Zoo's Marius is considered unsuitable for breeding. 'If the breeding programme coordinator decides that he should be put down, then that's what we'll do,' she said. 'Many places abroad 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 okay.'Read more and see picture of giraffe
The murder of the first giraffe, just a few days ago. He was shot and killed and then fed to the lions, in front of an audience that included little children.