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Giraffe dissection zoo puts four lions down

25th March 2014

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The zoo that found itself at the centre of international outrage after killing a healthy giraffe and dissecting it in public has risked further wrath after it euthanised two lions and their two cubs yesterday.

Copenhagen zoo said that plans to introduce a new male meant that the pride of lions’ social structure would be disrupted, leading to fights and dangerous behaviour. The two younger 10-month old lions would have been killed by the new male, a spokesperson for the zoo said.

Attempts had been made by the zoo to find new owners for the family of lions, but after failing to find any takers they were put down on Monday.

The new male will be introduced to the zoo’s existing female lions, who have now reached breeding age.

“The zoo is recognised worldwide for our work with lions, and I am proud that one of the zoo’s own brood now forms the centre of a new pride of lions,” said chief executive Steffen Straede.

Copenhagen zoo sparked when it killed a giraffe called Marius just four weeks ago, before dissecting his corpse in front of children and then feeding his meat to lions.

Reaction to the euthanisation of the lions has been predictably negative, with one Twitter user saying: “Copenhagen zoo apparently unclear on what a zoo is. Hint: You’re supposed to keep the animals alive”.

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