Copenhagen Zoo got a new lion so it put down four of its old ones

Yes, it is the same zoo that killed Marius the giraffe and dismembered him in front of children. Seriously, who does their PR?

Copenhagen Zoo got a new lion so it put down four of its old ones

The Danish zoo that prompted worldwide indignation for its decision to put down a healthy young giraffe has risked further ire by putting down four healthy lions - to make way for a new one.

(Members of the Copenhagen pride eating the carcass of Marius the giraffe. Pic: AP)

The lions which were euthanized yesterday were a 16-year-old male, a lioness of simlar age and two 10-month-old cubs, according to the Copenhagen Post

The four cats - part of the pride that made headlines worldwide for eating the remains of Marius - were put down because the zoo has an incoming lion, a three-year-old breeding male.

They were euthanized partly to avoid inbreeding between the two young lions and their father, and partly to avoid conflict between the family and the new arrival, who would have been likely to kill and eat the cubs.

"Because of the pride of lions' natural structure and behaviour, the zoo has had to euthanize the two old lions and two young lions who were not old enough to fend for themselves," Copenhagen Zoo said in a statement.

The zoo insisted no other home could be found for the lion family.

The new lion will be introduced to the remaining members of the Copenhagen pride, which features two breeding females, this week.

Copenhagen Zoo - and the Danish public - have remained steadfast against the outcry prompted by the killing of Marius the giraffe, and subsequent public autopsy.

Bengt Holst, the zoo's scientific director, said that death was part of life in the animal kingdom and that such decisions were necessary to preserve the genetic integrity of their animal populations.

More in this section


In the Kitchen with

ieFoodLogo   Video Series

Join Darina Allen for Stir It Up Sunday and cook along with her as she makes her mother’s plum pudding recipe. She also makes Mrs Hanrahan’s sauce - a recipe that is so delicious that Darina says people ask for more plum pudding just so they can have more sauce!

Join Darina Allen as she makes her mother's plum pudding with Mrs Hanrahan's sauce.

Watch Here
Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

Lifestyle
Newsletter

The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up