It is definitely not a good time to be a giraffe in Denmark.
Just days after the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized a healthy 18 month old giraffe named Marius, another Danish zoo has announced one of theirs may have the same fate.
Incredulously, the giraffe’s name is also Marius and he would be euthanized to make room for a female giraffe so the Jyllands Park Zoo in Western Denmark can participate in the European Breeding Programme. His life is hanging by the thread of the program’s coordinator, who will make the final decision on his future.
“If we are told we have to euthanise [Marius] we would of course do that,” said Jyllands’ zookeeper Janni Løjtved Poulsen, who stated the worldwide protests following the death of the first Marius and even death threats the Copenhagen zoo received after putting him down will not affect the decision at all. “It doesn’t affect us in any way. We are completely behind Copenhagen and would have done the same.”
Jyllands Park is not sure, however, if they, like Copenhagen, will feed Marius’ remains to the lions for the visiting public to see. The brutal scene, in addition to Marius’ unnecessary death, was condemned around the world after news of it spread via the Internet.