Remember when the Copenhagen Zoo killed the sh*t out of a healthy giraffe named Marius and then dismembered him in front of children?
Well the Danish are at it again!
A second zoo in Denmark, Jyllands Park Zoo, might have to euthanize one of their male giraffes!
After all the controversy over the first killing, we don't know why they'd even consider doing it again… especially because this giraffe is named Marius, the same name as the murdered Copenhagen giraffe.
The whole issue is that these zoo giraffes are part of a breeding program to keep giraffes alive and well for the future. As part of the program, diverse genetics are very important.
Basically, Marius isn't deemed genetically valuable but his male friend is. Right now, he's a good companion, but that's about it. When they bring in a female giraffe for breeding, they need to make sure Marius's genes stay far away from her.
Zoo breeding programs sound reminiscent of Germany circa 1940. Just sayin'.
A zoologist, talking about Marius and his buddy giraffe, said:
"At the moment, they are doing very well and are keeping each other company, but if there are some genetically more valuable giraffes in the program that needs the space, we have to decide what to do with him. We will of course try to place him in a suitable zoo, but if that is not possible, we might have to euthanize him. The program will give us notice well in advance, so I think we will have a good chance of placing him."
This is so ridiculous. How hard is it to find a place for him?
Literally just releasing him into the wild would be better than shooting him in the face.
We really hope this Marius' story ends better than the last one's.
Save the giraffes!!
[Image via AP Images.]