After Giraffe Uproar, Zoo Kills 4 Lions

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish zoo that faced protests for killing a healthy giraffe to prevent inbreeding says it has put down four lions, including two cubs, to make room for a new male lion.

Citing the “pride’s natural structure and behavior,” the Copenhagen Zoo said Tuesday that two old lions had been euthanized as part of a generational shift. It said the cubs were also put down because they were not old enough to fend for themselves and “anyway would have been killed by the new male lion.”

Zoo officials hope the new male and two females born in 2012 will form the nucleus of a new pride.

Last month the zoo triggered a wave of protests by killing a 2-year-old giraffe, and feeding its remains to the lions as visitors watched.

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  • Farrah Fuller

    Oh. My. Gosh! Seriously?!? That’s just crazy! I feel sorry for the animals in that zoo, they don’t stand a chance there!!

  • Redbeard216

    These people protesting, probably see nothing wrong with abortion. The world today, animals have more protection and rights then our own youth.

  • carolyn celler

    what does it take to get copenhagen zoo shut down ? this is terrible lets go people animals have rights and only us to defend them and speak out!! they seem to enjoy killing. we should reverse the situation

  • strikker

    we need to make room in that Zoo for some new workers,, lest’s kill some of the staff and see what they think then

  • Amanda

    I don’t understand. That zoo is already in the public eye because of the disgusting acts it committed to the giraffe. Now it is killing lions just to make room for one? When did it become okay to kill an endangered species just for personal gain? This zoo is not interested in animal welfare and should be shut down immediately! Let appropriate sanctuaries adopt the animals!

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