Will second giraffe called Marius be killed in Denmark?

This 9 February 2018 video says about itself:

He was 18-months-old but Marius the young giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo (Denmark) had to go. Despite a campaign to save him, he was shot in the head.

Officials outlined the reasons as a lack of space and the need to comply with European rules on in-breeding. The animal had to be put down to ensure a healthy giraffe population, they stressed.

After the shooting, there was a public carving of the carcass.

A British zoo had offered to give Marius a home and an online petition resulted in more than 25,000 signatures.

Another video, from the Netherlands, used to say about itself (translated):

Giraffe Marius is an example of wrong breeding policies

11 Feb 2014

Esther Ouwehand, Member of Parliament of the Party for the Animals, is asking the State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Sharon Dijksma, to change zoos’ breeding policies.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Second giraffe named Marius at risk of being put down in Denmark

Jyllands Park zoo says it may kill male giraffe to make way for female, days after death at Copenhagen zoo sparked outcry

Wednesday 12 February 2014 17.30 GMT

Lars Eriksen in Copenhagen

If you are a giraffe and your name is Marius, now might be a good time to leave Denmark.

Days after the euthanasia of a healthy young giraffe at Copenhagen zoo sparked controversy around the world, a second Danish zoo has announced that it is considering a similar fate for another giraffe – also named Marius.

Jyllands Park zoo, in western Denmark, currently has two male giraffes, but has been approved to participate in the European breeding programme. If zookeepers manage to acquire a female giraffe, seven-year-old Marius will have to make way.

Like his namesake in Copenhagen, the giraffe is considered unsuitable for breeding, and the zoo said there was a high risk that Marius would have to be put down as it would be difficult to find him a new home.

Janni Løjtved Poulsen, zookeeper at Jyllands Park, said it was not clear when the park would acquire a female giraffe and that the decision on Marius’s future would be taken by the breeding programme co-ordinator.

“If we are told we have to euthanise [Marius] we would, of course, do that,” said Poulsen.

She said the park managers would not to be influenced by the wave of protests that followed the killing of 18-month-old Marius at Copenhagen zoo.

More than 27,000 people around the world signed a petition to save the Copenhagen giraffe, and zoo officials said they had received death threats after the animal was put down, dissected in front of a large crowd and fed to lions.

“It doesn’t affect us in any way. We are completely behind Copenhagen and would have done the same,” said Poulsen.

Jyllands Park zoo has not decided whether they would also carry out a public dissection.

Poulsen said she had been surprised to discover there was a second giraffe named Marius in Denmark. The Jyllands Park giraffe had been named after a former vet at the zoo, she said. “We thought it was amusing that there was another Marius among the giraffes when there aren’t that many giraffes in Denmark overall.”

Petition here:

Tell Copenhagen Zoo it is time for a thorough review of their current breeding policy and remind them that the public’s opinion DOES matter when it comes to deciding the fate of animals in their care.

See also here.

The same zoo that graphically killed a giraffe in front on visitors has euthanized four healthy lions.

Thousands of zoo animals killed in Europe yearly: here.

32 thoughts on “Will second giraffe called Marius be killed in Denmark?

  1. I read a quote from the vet of the first theatre of slaughter they did on Marius (The first), he said something like the zoos offering places for him had to or should reserve those places for more genetically important specimens. Yeah, I wonder how important a specimen he is. Despicable.


    • 9 February 2014 Last updated at 13:12 GMT

      Marius giraffe death ‘saddens’ South Yorkshire zoo

      A South Yorkshire wildlife park has said it was “saddened” to hear a young giraffe had been put down at a Danish zoo.

      Marius the giraffe was killed after Copenhagen Zoo said it had no choice but to destroy the animal because of its duty to avoid in-breeding.

      Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP), near Doncaster, had offered to rehome Marius, but said its bid was rejected.

      YWP was among several zoos which put in last-ditch offers to take the giraffe.

      A park spokesman said: “Yorkshire Wildlife Park is saddened to hear reports from Copenhagen that 18-month-old giraffe Marius has been euthanized.”

      ‘All bids considered’

      He said the park had contacted Copenhagen Zoo when news of the giraffe’s plight was revealed.

      “YWP has a state of the art giraffe house, built in 2012, with a bachelor herd of four male giraffes and the capacity to take an extra male, subject to the agreement of the European stud book keeper,” he added.

      “One of the YWP giraffes is Palle, who came from Copenhagen Zoo in September 2012, when he was the same age as Marius.”

      The park said without knowing the full details it would be inappropriate to comment further.

      Marius was due to be killed by a bolt gun, not a lethal injection, which would contaminate the meat.



  2. Yep they took the cheaper way out, cheaper on moving/relocating him and free meat. He didn’t have to breed, though as far as I’m concerned it’s not for people or anyone to be making breeding choices for others anyway, and the public in the West are always disgusted when they hear of people having been used in such experiments but don’t blink an eye for others and seem to think ‘conservation’ only applies to other species. People elsewhere though still inter-marry and some still put down undesirable ‘products’ of it, peerages in the West just tend to keep them hidden in the country family home or an institution.


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