Giraffe Set for Second Killing to Correct Gender Proportions

GiraffeThe Jyllands Park Zoo in Denmark has announced that it may have to put down a male giraffe currently healthy and living on its grounds. The announcement comes only a few days after a Copenhagen Zoo killed and performed an autopsy of a giraffe named Marius in the presence of visitors. As part of an unfortunate coincidence this second giraffe is also named Marius. The reason for this second killing? The zoo says that the reason will be to correct a gender proportions discrepancy at the zoo if they acquire a female giraffe. Staff have said that the acquisition of a female is very likely.

“We can’t have two males and one female, “Janni Lojtved Poulsen, the head zoo keeper at JyllandsPark said. “There will be fights.”

If the acquisition of the female takes place the staff at the Zoo put down their seven-year-old male giraffe Marius. Elmer is the name of the zoos second male giraffe.

A Copenhagen zoo killed a giraffe named Marius on Sunday because “the animal’s genes were already well represented in an international breeding program that aims to maintain a healthy giraffe population in European zoos.

The Jyllands Park Zoo, located in western Denmark, said that it may be possible for the zoo to find a new home for the male giraffe they may have to put down, but added that that outcome is not likely. Just like the first Marius who was put down, this Marius has been deemed “unsuitable for breeding.”

Paulsen also added that zoos in Denmark have been killing “surplus” animals for many years now and that the wave of protests they have received is not changing their policies for running a zoo.

“Many places abroad where they do not do this, the animals live under poor conditions, and they are not allowed to breed either. We don’t think that’s ok,” she said.

She also added that they have not decided whether or not they will operate a public dissection or any particulars in the case yet. She also said that the even in Copenhagen is not effecting their strategies and that they support what the zoo in Copenhagen did.

There has been some confusion over the names of these too animals recently. An official at the zoo apparently told a news program that Marius was not the giraffe’s “official name.” The same official added that keepers at the zoo often give the animals names and that guests sometimes hear them called by certain names and “that has then become the individual Marius.”

The announcement of this second giraffe killing will certainly not take away any of the heat Copenhagen has been receiving in the press or from animal rights groups. With the announcement of the planned killing of another Marius to correct gender proportions in the zoo international speculation will certainly increase in this area. The added fever to this case could be beneficiary however. With more media attention their may come larger desire to see the giraffe transferred and more zoos may look favorably upon receiving the seven year old male giraffe. As of now, animal lovers and reporters alike will be keeping a close eye on what happens to Marius at the Jyllands Park Zoo.

By Nick Manai


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