2nd Giraffe May Be Killed by Danish Zoo
Jyllands Park's Marius could be put down if the zoo finds female for breeding
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2014 6:30 AM CST
Marius, a male giraffe, lies dead before being dissected, after he was put down at Copenhagen Zoo on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Peter Hove Olesen)

(Newser) – First Marius, now ... Marius? After a young male giraffe was shot, dissected, and fed to animals at the Copenhagen Zoo on Sunday over concerns of inbreeding, a second Danish zoo says its giraffe of the same name may face a similar fate. Jyllands Park has two male giraffes, and it's just gotten the OK join a breeding program. "We can't have two males and one female. Then there will be fights," zookeeper Janni Poulsen says, and Marius has been deemed the one "unsuitable" for breeding. And so if a female is found, Marius will likely be put down, as finding him a home would be no easy feat, the zoo says, per the Guardian. Poulsen certainly expresses no qualms: "If we are told we have to euthanize [Marius] we would of course do that."

As for the protests that followed the death of Marius at the Copenhagen Zoo, "it doesn't affect us in any way. We are completely behind Copenhagen and would have done the same," Poulsen adds, telling the Telegraph, "If the breeding program coordinator decides that he should be put down, then that's what we'll do." It's not clear if or when the zoo could acquire a female giraffe, who would ostensibly breed with the younger giraffe, Elmer. Jyllands Park adds it hasn't yet decided if it would stage a public dissection of Marius, like the one that sparked outrage in Copenhagen.

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People_Suck
Feb 13, 2014 10:47 PM CST
There will be plenty of organizations wanting to adopt it just like with the other one. They need to let them this time.
HANKHILL
Feb 13, 2014 4:06 PM CST
both of the zoos should be shut down asap and the management should be fed to the animals alive! this is sick x999999999999999999!!!!!! the whole country is fubar!
Carolyn Hawks
Feb 13, 2014 2:15 PM CST
Like you can't ask around and find this animal a new home? The Wild Animal Park in San Diego, CA (USA) would find a place for him. You don't like making some money? A few dollars would most likely exchange hands if such a transfer took place. Nah, something's wrong here. More likely some dubious cloning has been going on and the duplicates were degrading. The Danish zoo doesn't want anyone to find out what they've been doing so they are putting out this story (remember, the best way to hide a secret is in plain sight) to justify the killings. Besides, why the rabid "need" to dissect them if it's not about trying to see what went wrong? Of course they wouldn't be good breeding stock because if they ARE clones they wouldn't be "originals". The DNA would be flawed or at least only a copy and not strong enough to produce sturdy babies on down the line. Yeah, I know, I'm just a nut job and this couldn't POSSIBLY be the reason. Still, it's not right and it's an affront to LIFE. We are not GODS, we do NOT get to pick and choose. Animals are being so abused on this planet in the name of man's "dominion" over them it is disgusting. The translation of "dominion" was always WRONG in the Bible. We were supposed to be "caretakers" of this world, we weren't given "eminent DOMAIN" over it, to use it any way WE see fit.....but that's how we act. It's coming back to bite us in the A$$.