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Marius the Giraffe Killed at Copenhagen Zoo (13 pics)

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Sorry for these pictures, but it has to be seen. A Copenhagen zoo in Denmark killed a young giraffe named Marius with a bolt gun and fed its meat to the lions Sunday, saying the animal was “unwanted.” Marius was given its favorite meal of rye bread by a keeper – and then shot in the head by a vet. The death of Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe considered useless for breeding because his genes were too common, was followed by his dissection in front of a large crowd, including fascinated-looking children, prompting outrage and protests around the world. Copenhagen zoo carried out the killing despite a small group of protesters at the gates and an international petition which garnered more than 27,000 signatures, as well as offers from several zoos to rehouse the creature. Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster, which offered to take Marius, said it was saddened to learn of his fate. The animal was killed with a bolt gun so that its meat could eaten, which would not have been possible if anaesthetic had been used.
When a storm of protest broke over the news that the giraffe was to be killed – the small gene pool among European zoos meant there was a risk of inbreeding if it was allowed to reproduce – the zoo posted a detailed justification on its website. It explained that as part of an international programme, only unrelated animals were allowed to breed: "When breeding success increases, it is sometimes necessary to euthanise." The zoo also said that giving Marius contraceptives would have had unwanted side-effects and represented poor animal welfare, and that there was no programme for releasing giraffes into the wild.

Here is the Facebook page of the killer zoo

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№1 Author: herptyderp (10 Feb 2014 03:20) Total user comments: 0


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oh wow the humanity , so how was that burger you ate? oh wait its ok cows are stupid
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№2 Author: No1 (10 Feb 2014 04:02) Total user comments: 1339


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I understand the necessity for an animal to eat another, but this is too bizarre for me to understand. Several other zoos and private individuals offered to take the animal. The purpose of these facilities is, ostensibly, to protect the species.

How can they even remotely consider that they are being custodians of the species in their protection if they are willing to just slaughter a very young giraffe for no reason other than they already had enough???
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№3 Author: mahedi (10 Feb 2014 08:45) Total user comments: 10772


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Shame :46:
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№4 Author: thughugger (10 Feb 2014 11:33) Total user comments: 1015


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I don't pretend to understand the arguments for or against keeping the giraffe alive
but I do know chopping it up in front of a crowd including children is not right and is not entertainment that a zoo should be putting on.
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№5 Author: makuli (10 Feb 2014 11:49) Total user comments: 0


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Ok - there was no need to make a spectacle of it - but the whole thing about the zoo authorities being heartless animal killers - c'mon - hundreds of other animals are killed every second for no reason at all....this is just a media sympe.
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№6 Author: Hakke (10 Feb 2014 11:54) Total user comments: 254


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None of you from Denmark like me? Right, where to start...
First of all this has blown up completely out of proportions! A thing ppl from little denmark are very good at, specially when theres international media coverage! Danes LOVES that! I'm born in a nation of attention-whores...!
The giraffe could NOT be given to another zoo, and that IS protecting the species... From inbreeding!
Secondly, it's not like they dragged the animal out amongst the kids to rip it apart and throw chunks over the nearest fences! Everyone there knew what they where going to witness, so dont let some violent looking pictures fool you, it's called education, dont start thinking about what ppl see when educating as a nurse or doctor, whew, now THATS disgusting! And so what if the giraffe was fed its favorite treat before it was killed, it's not like it knew that it was going to die! My guess is that he had a good life and I sure as hell KNOW that his death was easier than those young giraffes torn apart on the savannah and eaten alive!
Thirdly, look at those lions, even in nature they dont feed on giraffe often, it's a treat! Everyone loves a good treat! Ever thought of where meat in the supermarket comes from? Marius had a MUCH better life than ANY animal destined for slaughter! So pls ignore little denmark, we dont know when to shut up and when to go public on an international scale! We're like the little dog trying to bark the loudest ;)
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№7 Author: Zerguet (10 Feb 2014 11:56) Total user comments: 32


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Seriously people, millions of animals are slaughtered every day. And we eat them. What's so special about this one?
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№8 Author: Aindy (10 Feb 2014 13:11) Total user comments: 2780


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Hakke,
Do you work at the Zoo?

He lived his entire life in a cage, so dont say he lived a good life. Protecting the giraffe from inbreeding? Then bring it to another zoo where they have completely different genes.

And cutting it up like that infront of a crowd and feeding it to the lions just shows that nobody there had any respect for the animal, rather tried to get either a publicity stunt out of it or try to make some money.

And dont compare it to the animals we eat. We didnt eat it, did we? Most of it was thrown away and the lions ate the legs.
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№9 Author: dc (10 Feb 2014 15:22) Total user comments: 0


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Okay. The thing is that transferring animals, especially exotic ones, is not easy. The transportation itself is extremely stressful to any animal. Consider the sheer size and anatomy of a giraffe: how do you plan to transfer him safely to another country? The transportation is a major stress factor, and can kill animals or make them very sick / injured.

But that's just the transport. First tens of tests must be taken from the animal, from its herd mates and from their enclosure to rule out all possible and impossible contagious diseases. This takes time and may require the animal to be isolated. Isolating a herd animal is cruel, as I'm sure you all can understand. Isolation in medical terms means that the animal is not even allowed to touch other giraffes or other animals to prevent any pathogens from spreading.

Sometimes the same thing needs to be done again at the final destination, or even during the transport when country borders are crossed. Again more stress.

In the end the animal would be placed to another cage with new animals, and no guarantee if they'll accept the newcomer or not. More stress, more possibilities to be injured.

All this compared to his favorite snack and a quick, painless and humane killing. Are you people serious that this was wrong? Maybe the meat shoul've also been thrown away? I agree, killing the animal could've been done in private, but if the giraffe was used to people, having them present did not make the situation any more stressful.
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№10 Author: Son Of A Gunderson (10 Feb 2014 18:52) Total user comments: 123


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If they wanted to give the kids an education on nature, why not just throw the giraffe in with the lions?
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№11 Author: Lu (10 Feb 2014 19:17) Total user comments: 15082


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Pity, that was one beautiful animal.
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№12 Author: mantley rawson (10 Feb 2014 19:54) Total user comments: 361


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Yes, I think like Son Of A Gunderson, it could have worst, Marius could have been given alive to the lions so they could have a little fun before eating !
What would have been people's reactions ?...
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№13 Author: mobius (10 Feb 2014 21:13) Total user comments: 1073


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I'm hungry now. Is it time for lunch yet?
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№14 Author: Irvin (10 Feb 2014 21:22) Total user comments: 0


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Wow, looks like the media made a big steaming pile of ... out of something that happens more often than you think. What do you think happens with all the zebras, antilopes etc. which are more "common" in zoos and aren't endangered. Or with the beautiful little baby animals when they aren't cute anymore and winter season is coming? To feed it to the lions for example is the only solution that makes sense to me if there aren't any medical things or diseases that prevent that.
The existince of one image where the lions are eating the leggs doesn't mean they threw the other parts in the trash, there are other predators like hyenas who definetely got there piece of meat, intestines or whatever.
So, wake up people and calm down, there are so much more things in the world you should be angry about. But not that.. 1st World problems IMHO
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№15 Author: Louie (10 Feb 2014 21:24) Total user comments: 8189


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wtf
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№16 Author: someone (10 Feb 2014 21:28) Total user comments: 26


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Which one is real animal?
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№17 Author: Hakke (11 Feb 2014 12:53) Total user comments: 254


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Aindy, I dont work at the zoo, no... But I live right next to it and I know A LOT of people that comes there often. To be honest, I dont like zoo's that much, I'd rather see animals in their natural environment. But zoo's exist, thats a fact that I've accepted, and I moved on... That said, Marius would probably have had a better life in the wild, but then again, maybe not, but he did not suffer in Copenhagen Zoo, and he did not live in a little box! They spent millions on expanding to get more room for the bigger animals a while back! dc and Irvin, you guys have some nice points! :04:
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№18 Author: adzhoe (12 Feb 2014 00:46) Total user comments: 14959


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good post...
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№19 Author: unclebimbo (13 Feb 2014 06:33) Total user comments: 105


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I'm pretty sure biologist and zoo keepers, whos job it is to know and take care of these animals, have more justification for what they did that a bunch of whiny bitches trying to keep an animal alive. You know why humans suck? Because we disrupt the natural order. Survival of the fittest. Yet humans keep the weak alive, and disrupt the animal ecosystem by keeping the weak alive.
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№20 Author: thom4551 (18 Feb 2014 20:49) Total user comments: 51


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Well, I'm danish, and i don't see what is wrong with it at all.
The reason the Giraffe was killed was because no other zoo would take it because of the risk of inbreeding.
The alternative would be that the Giraffe would stay in the Zoo and then get its ass woopt by the older male Giraffe, with the possibility of being killed by him.
If he succeed survival, he would then probably mate with his sisters/mom which equals Inbreeding = To headed Giraffes or other deficiencies.

So in that perspective i really think it was the best way to go.

other than that the children that was there that day, watching it been taken apart, was really interested in the process and seemed to have had a great day.

i really don't see why people are getting so upset about this. :17:

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