Young giraffe put down in zoo due to over inbreeding

  • The Copenhagen Zoo put down a young male giraffe after concerns regarding inbreeding. The two-year-old Marius was said to be "surplus" considering that he was genetically similar to several giraffes in the breeding program. 

    "Giraffes today breed very well, and when they do you have to choose and make sure the ones you keep are the ones with the best genes," a zoo rep said. He mentioned that the zoo puts down about 20 to 30 animals each year. 

    The incident angered animal rights activists and people gathered about 20,000 signatures on an online petition to save Marius. One activist said the zoo is an unethical institution for wanting to portray itself as being, "because here you have a waste product - that being Marius."

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