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'No plan' to kill second giraffe Marius, Danish zoo says (VIDEO)


Giraffes at a zoo in Antwerp, Belgium, Oct. 3, 2013.


Martin Bureau

If you're a giraffe named Marius, you may want to leave Denmark.

Or avoid it altogether.

Days after the killing of a healthy giraffe at a zoo in Copenhagen sparked global outcry, Jyllands Park Zoo in western Denmark took to Facebook to announce it won't kill its giraffe, also named Marius.

"There is no plan, and there has never been a plan to neither move or euthanize any of our giraffes," the posting said, in apparent contradiction to earlier reports. "The media stories are only based on a hypothetical situation, which we have answered questions about. This situation now seems to be eliminated.

"Have a nice weekend."

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Jyllands Park Zoo said earlier the giraffe's genes make him unsuitable for breeding.

The zoo currently has two male giraffes — Marius and the younger Elmer, who is in fact the older brother of the Marius killed in Copenhagen.

Zoo officials are currently trying to get a female giraffe for breeding.

"We can't keep (Marius) if we get a female, because then we would have two males that would fight with each other," zookeeper Janni Loejtved Poulsen told AFP.

On Friday, the zoo said it wasn't going to get a female giraffe.

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News of the new Marius and his possible fate had sparked an unexpected offer of a new home from the leader of Chechnya.

"On humanitarian grounds I am ready to take Marius. We can guarantee him good conditions and care of his health," Ramzan Kadryrov said in an Instagram post.

Last week, the scientific director of Copenhagen's zoo received death threats after it destroyed Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, despite thousands signing an online petition to save him.

The animal was later skinned and dissected in front of visitors, many of them children.

Bengt Holst, scientific director at the Copenhagen Zoo, told CNN the decision was made for the greater good of the giraffe population.

Agence France-Presse contributed to this report.