Zoo kills animals

March 31, 2014

Last month, a zoo director in Denmark received death threats after the zoo had a healthy young giraffe killed with a bolt-gun and fed to the lions.

The zoo sparked outrage around the world after the giraffe was put to sleep and then dissected in front of an audience, despite other zoos offering the giraffe a home with them.

The baby giraffe, known as Marius, was put to sleep because he did not fit in with the zoo’s breeding programme as his genes were ‘too common.’

The zoo is under fire once again after killing four of its lions. Two older lions and two cubs were killed in order to make room for a new male lion they are introducing.

The zoo said that the new male would have killed the other young lions and since they were unable to rehome them, had them put down, sparking outrage from animal lovers around the world.

Article written by Β D Mulhern

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  1. jeff

    June 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    so sad

  2. Jenika

    June 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    So sad

  3. Gorge Weasly

    June 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Sad I like Animals

  4. zoe

    May 31, 2016 at 11:37 am

    sooo sad I love animals

  5. Fred Weasley

    May 16, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    So sad =(

  6. Lydia

    May 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    That is horrible! I am absolutely appalled! Talk about animal racism much……

  7. Lydia

    May 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    That is soooooooooo sad!!!!!!! I didn’t think anybody human would do that!!!!!!

  8. colepearce

    March 31, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Oh that’s it they are a dead zoo AVERY DEAD ZOO!

  9. Rhiannon

    March 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    This is so sad, I love animals!!!!

  10. Alex

    March 16, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    thats a shame

  11. wonjune

    March 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    he should be a real shame😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑

  12. Molly and Chloe

    March 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Sue this Zoo!!!

  13. Minnie mee

    March 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Who ever killed the giraffe is a meany

  14. amberly

    February 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    i think this is so mean
    the animals didnt deserve that
    oh well whats done is done

  15. Annika Yang

    February 26, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    That is the worst thing I’ve ever heard! That’s nothing but mean! But I don’t get it! Do they have to kill my favourite animal ,giraffes?!😑

  16. Awesome

    February 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    That’s HORRIBLE!!!

  17. GirlOnline

    January 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Someone get that director out of there

  18. kiza101

    June 12, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    that is sad and cruel

  19. Elsa9630

    June 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    that is so mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love Giraffes

  20. Elsa9630

    June 5, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I thort zoo keepers love animals they are so mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    that is so mean
    I love Giraffes

  21. Dancemouse25

    June 5, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    omg what type of person would do that kind a thing tigers cubs are so cute i love them
    I also love giraffes
    that zoo is so mean

  22. alisonkkn2105

    March 25, 2015 at 9:15 am

    that is so mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. alisonkkn2105

    March 25, 2015 at 9:14 am

    this not good,luckily new zealand does not do that

  24. ella

    March 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    that is so mean i thort zoo keepers love animals they are so mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. EggsAreAwesome

    February 24, 2015 at 9:42 am

    THAT IS THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. cryaotic1211

    February 20, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I am never giving them my family’s money again.Don’t ever do that to animals.That is unbelievable!!!!!!!

  27. EliseF

    February 9, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Yea! Those zookeepers are so stupid doing that!

  28. katia

    November 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

    That is too mean and it was a baby arrrr shut it down NOW

  29. Lola

    November 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I can’t believe the zoo did that.
    That is animal crulty and they kill a healthy young giraffe
    πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  30. Lilly

    October 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

    How could u zoo keepers what if someone did it to u how would u feel that’s SO curial!!!!!!!

  31. liam

    October 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    that’s animal crullty how would you like that if that’s what happened to you you would likeit they should THEY SHOULD SHUT DOWN THE zoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. liam

    October 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    they need to shut down the zoo!!!!!!!! what if someone did that to you you wouldn’t like that would you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Linda loo

    October 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    That’s just so bad . Animals don’t choose to be animals so why are they treated differently
    If they were humans they wouldn’t die . I cannot bring myself to read this again because it’s so cruel
    These zoo keepers need to get a life !!

  34. Molly

    October 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

    OMG I love giraffes this is so sad . But it’s not like I hate lions now because it’s the
    Zoos fault . Cruel!

  35. peter

    August 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

    It is so bad…

  36. tamatea

    July 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Well said Twyford Room 7

  37. tamatea

    July 23, 2014 at 8:52 am


  38. Personhood

    June 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Shut it down! Shut it down!

  39. tamatea

    June 13, 2014 at 9:43 am


  40. samm456

    May 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    so so sad

  41. Anonymous

    May 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    That is so sad

  42. Ella

    April 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    This is sooo mean ;(

  43. Marnix

    April 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Very sad

  44. Caitlynne

    April 3, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Animals have a right to live to you know!!!!!:(

  45. Steve

    April 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm


  46. Steve

    April 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm


  47. Arrow

    April 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    That’s horrible he deserved to live

  48. Steve

    April 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    That’s just sad

  49. Room

    April 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    That is horrible animals deserve to live as much as we do

  50. Hello people

    April 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    That is just cold

  51. Hello people

    April 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    This is a discrase to the zoo it should be shut down immediately


    April 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    That is disgusting and sad you horrible people what did the animals do to you #save the animals

  53. Twyford Room 7

    April 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    It’ sad that they fed the remains to the lions while people were whatching!

  54. Milan- Rotorua Intermediate

    April 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

    OMG- how sad

  55. jhudtjgcgfts

    April 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

    That really sad for all the people who have love animals all around the world

  56. tis

    April 1, 2014 at 9:02 am

    So sad

  57. smn

    March 31, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    That is not cool the animals should have the right to live and find other food for the lions and if they keep doing the I think they should shut down the zoo!!

  58. bombay

    March 31, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    That is cruel at zoo’s animals aren’t meant to be killed

  59. jessie

    March 31, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    why wold they do that to a perfectly fine giraffe even lions why
    and cubs why ?

  60. Tiger runner

    March 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    That is so sad! I like animals! Espescially tigers and lions!

  61. stjoseph

    March 31, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    That’s super cruel to do that and then just feed it to the lions.

  62. stjoseph

    March 31, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    That’s super cruel to do that and then just feed it to the lions

  63. azini davies

    March 31, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    i think that they dont have a heart to kill thoose animals!!!Zoos were made to help animals not kill them!!!!!!!! and killing a couple lions because ur getin a new 1 is not a proper reson!!
    animals have rights too!
    i think that zoo should b shut down as soon as possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. redbeach

    March 31, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Nobody deserves that someone offered to have it you mean horrible zoo I think you should be shut down now immediately! I also agree with what the top people said! SHUT THEM DOWN NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. Room 9

    March 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    We have read this article today as part of our Reading lesson and we think that this zoo should be closed immediately. Zoo animals should no t be killed. They should be looked after respectfully so that people can come and visit the animals and find out all about them. We feel let down by the this zoo, as zoos should be helping animals, not killing them!
    It is sad that the giraffe was killed despite the fact that another zoo had offered to take it.
    Animals have rights, too!

  66. Livvzie

    March 31, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    That is horrible they should be ashamed how cruel

  67. Swag

    March 31, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Awwww so sad

  68. campion

    March 31, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    That is really sad πŸ™

  69. moniqua

    March 31, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    oh sad

  70. Twyford Room 7

    March 31, 2014 at 11:33 am

    That is discusting animals are valuable creatures and deserve to live a full life.If you kill them because they are too ‘common’ they wont be and animals like giraffes and tigers will just be a thing of the past.
    T.Chrystal πŸ™

  71. adams

    March 31, 2014 at 11:24 am

    They should be shut down. That is horrible!

  72. Alyssa Tabley

    March 31, 2014 at 10:11 am

    This is cruel those lions don’t deserve to be killed

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