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That Danish Zoo That Killed A Giraffe Just Euthanized Four Lions (Including Two Cubs)

By 03.25.14
Lioness with cubs on the move

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Last month the Copenhagen Zoo stirred up controversy when they were forced to put down a troublesome giraffe to prevent inbreeding, which they carved up and served to the lions. The move sparked outrage with animal lovers, but also initiated a conversation about how sometimes these things need to happen for the good of the species. However, the same zoo is now in the news yet again, this time for euthanizing four lions — two older adults and two cubs, and probably the same ones that ate said giraffe — to make room for a new male lion.

“Because of the pride of lions’ natural structure and behaviour, the zoo has had to euthanise the two old lions and two young lions who were not old enough to fend for themselves,” Copenhagen zoo said.

The 10-month-old lions would have been killed by the new male lion “as soon as he got the chance”, it said. The four lions were put down on Monday after the zoo failed to find a new home for them, a spokesman said. All four were from the same family.

Within a few days the new male will be introduced to the zoo’s two female lions, who have reached breeding age.

Now I’m no zoologist, but while I begrudgingly understand why the giraffe needed to be put down, this just seems like sh*tty planning. OK, so if the new lion would have been a threat to 10-month-old cubs, why not, uh, just wait until the cubs weren’t 10-months-old anymore? Also, they’re bringing in a new lion for breeding purposes when they already had two perfectly good baby lions. This doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Was this new lion somehow genetically superior to every other lion? Was it basically like the “Kennedy” equivalent of lions? It’s like saying, I’m going to put down all of my cats because I want a new cat. I don’t know. I sure don’t get it.

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