Giraffe To Be Killed At Denmark Zoo Because 'Marius' Is Surplus To Requirements

08/02/2014 23:09 | Updated 09 February 2014

Marius - just 18 months old - will be shot with a bolt gun to prevent inbreeding and keep the giraffe population down.

Other zoos were offered the animal but none accepted.

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18-month-old giraffe, Marius

Bengt Holst, the zoo’s scientific director, told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: "You have to accept that there is a surplus of animals that cannot be included in the genetic chain without causing inbreeding problems.

Marius will not be killed by lethal injection so his flesh is not contaminated.

Holst said: "It would be absolutely foolish to throw away a few hundred kilos of meat.

"Some is used for research and the rest for food."

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