Giraffe-killing zoo euthanizes four healthy lions

A lion is seen in this file photo. (REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

A lion is seen in this file photo. (REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

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The Copenhagen Zoo proved once again it is not clear on the concept of animal conservation when it killed a family of four lions to make way for a new, young male lion.

Last month, the zoo drew outrage after it euthanized a healthy giraffe and dissected it in front of visitors, including children.

The zoo said Tuesday it "had to euthanize" two 10-month-old lion cubs along with their "very old" parents, which the BBC reported were 16 and 14 years old. The zoo was unable to find another home for the young lions, who "would have been killed by the new male lion as soon as he got the chance."

Two -year-old Marius the giraffe was shot in the head Feb. 9, and parts of him were fed to other animals at the zoo, including the lions put down Monday. Zoo staff said they received death threats after the slaughter.

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