In a bizarre plot twist that is sure to provoke anger, another giraffe at a second Danish zoo may meet the same fate as the giraffe named Marius who was euthanized and publicly autopsied at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark last Sunday -- and this giraffe is also named Marius. The new Marius, a healthy seven-year-old giraffe at the Jyllands Park Zoo, is considered unsuitable for breeding because his genetic makeup is already represented in the gene pool. The zoo said there was a high risk that Marius would have to be put down if the facility were to acquire a female giraffe to breed with the other male giraffe.
Janni Løjtved Poulsen, zookeeper at Jyllands Park, told the Guardian that it was not clear when the park would acquire a female giraffe.
"If we are told we have to euthanize [Marius] we would of course do that," said Poulsen, who also mentioned that the decision would be up to a breeding coordinator. When asked about the recent protests against the first Marius' death and the 27,000 people who signed a petition to save him, Poulson said, "It doesn't affect us in any way. We are completely behind Copenhagen and would have done the same."