Uproar as healthy, young giraffe is put down at Denmark zoo
COPENHAGEN (AFP) - A Danish zoo sparked outrage on Sunday when it put down a healthy young giraffe to prevent inbreeding, before chopping it up and feeding it to lions.
The fate of 18-month-old Marius shocked animal lovers around the world, with thousands signing an online petition to save him and a billionaire offering to buy him and keep him in his Beverly Hills garden.
However last-ditch efforts to spare Marius were to no avail and he was put down with a bolt gun early on Sunday, zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro confirmed.
A crowd of visitors, including small children, looked on as the giraffe was put down. Some grimaced while others took photos as he was autopsied and chopped up. A full-maned lion later tucked into the giraffe's remains, fed to carnivores at the zoo.