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Danish zoo that prompted global outrage by killing giraffe puts down four lions

Published on Mar 25, 2014 10:44 PM
 
Four month old lion cubs play at their enclosure at the Attica Zoological Park in Spata, east of Athens on March 23, 2014. A Copenhagen zoo that prompted international outrage by putting down a healthy giraffe and dissecting it in public has killed two lions and their two cubs to make way for a new male, it said on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - A Copenhagen zoo that prompted international outrage by putting down a healthy giraffe and dissecting it in public has killed two lions and their two cubs to make way for a new male, it said on Tuesday.

"Because of the pride of lions' natural structure and behaviour, the zoo has had to euthanise the two old lions and two young lions who were not old enough to fend for themselves," the Copenhagen Zoo said in a statement.

The 10-month-old lions "would have been killed by the new male lion as soon as he got the chance", it said.

The four lions were put down on Monday after the zoo had failed to find a new home for them, a spokesman told AFP, confirming the four were all from the same family.

 
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