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In a bad week for zoo...
February 11, 2014

This hasn't been a good week for zoo animals. The day after a healthy giraffe was killed and fed to the lions at a Danish zoo, a polar bear at Germany's Wilhelma Zoo died after eating a bag or jacket dropped by a visitor. Zookeepers didn't realize something was wrong with 25-year-old Anton until he started spitting out bits of fabric, the Associated Press reported. They tried giving him a drug to make him vomit up the rest of his ill-advised snack, but the pl

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Polar bear dies after eating object
February 11, 2014
The Wilhelma zoo in Stuttgart said zookeepers realised something was wrong with 25-year-old Anton when he started vomiting pieces of fabric. The bear died early on Monday of severe intestinal injuries. The zoo said it is not clear why Anton ate the object rather than tearing it apart, as he usually did with things that landed in his enclosure. His keepers suspect there was something tasty...
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Swallowed jacket kills polar bear
February 11, 2014
A German zoo says one of its polar bears has died after apparently swallowing a jacket or bag dropped into his enclosure by a visitor. The Wilhelma zoo in Stuttgart said Tuesday that zookeepers realised something was wrong with 25-year-old Anton when he started vomiting pieces of fabric. The bear died early Monday of severe intestinal injuries. The zoo said it wasn't clear why Anton...
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Why a zoo dissected Marius the giraffe for kids
February 10, 2014
If you don't want to know what the inside of a looks like, look away now. Marius, an 18-month-old male from , was . Zookeepers then dissected Marius in front of cameras and an audience, allowing people to see first hand. The decision to kill Marius caused from animal rights organisations, but the zoo points out that it is following the rules of the European Association of Zoos and...
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Giraffe Killed By Zoo And Fed...
February 09, 2014

A healthy giraffe has been put down despite an online campaign to save him. Marius was shot dead with a bolt gun at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark on Sunday to prevent inbreeding. His meat will be fed to the carnivores kept there. Visitors, including children, were invited to watch the giraffe being dissected. Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro said: "It was put down at 9.20am. It went as planned. It's always the people's right to protest. But of course we have been surpris

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Did Copenhagen Zoo have to kill Marius the giraffe?
February 10, 2014
ZOOKEEPERS at Copenhagen Zoo ignored an online petition that gathered over 27,000 signatures over the weekend in a bid to prevent the death of Marius the giraffe.  In spite of receiving death threats, the zoo's scientific advisor Bengt Holst was unrepentant about his decision to euthanise Marius. Copenhagen Zoo is part of a breeding programme, and its bylaws explicitly...
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Zoo threatened for killing giraffe
February 10, 2014
SHARE 57 CONNECT 34 TWEET 10 COMMENT EMAIL MORE BERLIN — Some zoologists are baffled that in order to prevent inbreeding, a Danish zoo killed a young giraffe and fed its carcass to lions. "It's simplistic to say the animal doesn't fit into our breeding plans – so then why let it breed it in the first place if you know it's not a desirable...
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Death threats after giraffe death
February 10, 2014
Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro said that he and the zoo's scientific director, Bengt Holst, received several threats over the telephone and in emails. They quoted one email as saying: "The children of the staff of Copenhagen Zoo should all be killed or should get cancer." The giraffe, Marius, was killed on Sunday using a bolt pistol, then skinned and fed to lions in front...
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Zoo kills giraffe, feeds it to lions
February 09, 2014
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Danish zoo kills giraffe to prevent inbreeding
February 09, 2014
SHARE 582 CONNECT 93 TWEET 41 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Outcries on social media and an online petition that drew more than 27,000 signatures failed to save a healthy young giraffe killed Sunday in accordance with the Copenhagen Zoo's in-breeding policy. The zoo said it killed the 18-month-old male giraffe named Marius and fed him to lions and other zoo animals to keep the giraffe population...
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Copenhagen Zoo staff get death threats after giraffe killing 0
February 10, 2014
COPENHAGEN - Copenhagen Zoo's scientific director and other staff have received death threats after a healthy giraffe was killed to avoid inbreeding among the long-necked beasts there, the zoo said on Monday. But director Bengt Holst said it was the right decision and he would be ready to do the same with another animal if needed. The death of Marius, an 18-month-old male shot on...
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Aspinall Foundation on giraffe Marius killed at Copenhagen Zoo
February 11, 2014
THE parent charity of Howletts and Port Lympne wild animal parks has spoken out over the killing of Marius the giraffe in Copenhagen last week. The animal was shot with a bolt gun in front of visitors, including children, at Copenhagen Zoo, and was fed to lions. An online petition to spare Marius from death attracted 20,000 signatures but the zoo said he had to be killed to avoid inbreeding....
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Healthy Giraffe Killed By Zoo And Fed To Lions
February 09, 2014
A healthy giraffe has been put down and fed to lions despite an online campaign to save him. Marius was shot dead with a bolt gun at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark on Sunday to prevent inbreeding. Visitors, including children, were invited to watch the giraffe being skinned and fed to the animals. Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro said: "It was put down at 9.20am. It went as planned....
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