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Danish Zoo Shoots Giraffe - 13 Feb 2014
Images of Marius, an 18-month-old male giraffe who was shot on Sunday and then dissected in front of crowds at Copenhagen Zoo.Also included in this package are images of the giraffe's carcass not used for scientific purposes hung up in a cage occupied by primates at Copenhagen Zoo

The killing has created a uproar among animal lovers in Denmark and abroad. The healthy giraffe was killed to avoid inbreeding among the long-necked beasts there, the zoo said on Monday.

Marius was killed despite the pleas of thousands who signed online petitions to save him. He was given his favourite breakfast of rye bread and then shot. After an autopsy, some meat from Marius's carcass was fed to other zoo animals and some was sent to research projects in Denmark and abroad for study.
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