Online petitions to save young giraffe scheduled to die
COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Thousands of people have signed on to online petitions to try to save a young giraffe that is to be killed on Sunday by its keepers at Copenhagen Zoo because it resulted from in-breeding.
The male animal, aged one year and a half and named Marius, is to be put down with a bolt gun. After an autopsy, meat from its body will be used to feed carnivores kept at the zoo in the Danish capital.
The zoo on its website says it has no choice: under European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (Eaza) rules, inbreeding between giraffes is to be avoided.
Although Marius is healthy, his genes are already well represented at the zoo and he cannot be taken in by the 300 other Eaza-affiliated zoos.