Rescued lion dies

A lion who was rescued has died at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park welcome new arrival

Award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park is celebrating a pre-Easter arrival – the birth of a cute camel.

Proud mum Lottie with the new arrival

The rare baby Bactrian camel, made her debut in the outside reserve last week under the protective eye of her mother Lottie.

She will now be the star attraction alongside the other eight Bactrian camels during the Easter holidays. The baby camel has not yet been named but her name will begin with `G’ as will all the animals who are born in 2014.

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Online outrage as giraffe autopsy pictures emerge

Internet users have been expressing their outrage at the killing of Marius, a healthy giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo.

Read: Copenhagen giraffe 'killed and dissected for lion food'

Local Danish news agency BT said many families came to see the autopsy of the animal, performed by a member of staff in a white overalls and green gloves.

Pictures appear to show the member of staff explaining the process to the assembled visitors.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park said it was saddened to hear the news the animal was destroyed. It had contacted the centre yesterday to offer to rehome it.

Read: UK zoo offers to rehome Danish giraffe

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Giraffe death: response from Yorkshire Wildlife Park

In a statement, Yorkshire Wildlife Park says it is saddened to hear reports from Copenhagen that 18-month-old giraffe Marius has been euthanased.

When news of the plan was revealed on Saturday YWP immediately contacted Copenhagen Zoo via YWP's Head of Hoofstock who is Danish and explained to the zoo why the Park urgently wished to speak to the zoo and requested a call to confirm the situation regarding the giraffe. YWP has a state of the art giraffe house built in 2012 with a bachelor herd of 4 male giraffes and the capacity to take an extra male, subject to the agreement of the European stud book keeper. One of the YWP giraffes is Palle, who came from Copenhagen Zoo in September 2012, when he was the same age as Marius.

YWP did not hear back from the zoo, but on Saturday night YWP was contacted by the Danish press and the BBC and asked if they could confirm that they had made an offer to rehome Marius. YWP confirmed that they had contacted the zoo but had not heard back. YWP has now seen press reports that Copenhagen has euthanased Marius. Without knowing the full details it would be inappropriate to comment further.

– Spokeperson for Yorkshire Wildlife Park
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Copenhagen giraffe 'killed and dissected for lion food'

Plans to save a young giraffe from being put down in Copenhagen Zoo have failed, local Danish news agency BT is reporting.

The giraffe was killed at 10am local time according to the agency, and subsequently dissected to be used as feed for the lions.

Animal rights campaigners are said to have gathered outside the zoo to protest against the killing.

Read: UK zoo offers to rehome Danish giraffe facing death

Read: Copenhagen zoo defends destroying health giraffe

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Young giraffe Marius 'put down by Copenhagen Zoo'

An plan to save a 2-year-old giraffe from destruction at Copenhagen Zoo has failed, the BBC reports.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park told ITV News it had contacted the zoo about the giraffe, but Copenhagen Zoo said it was impossible to rehome the animal as it would go against European breeding laws.

Read: Copenhagen zoo defends destroying health giraffe

Read: UK zoo 'offers to rehome' Danish giraffe facing death

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Copenhagen Zoo defends destroying healthy giraffe

Copenhagen Zoo has defended its decision to put down a young giraffe, despite calls to halt its death. The Zoo’s Scientific Director Bengt Holst said ahead of the killing:

As this giraffe’s genes are well represented in the breeding programme and as there is no place for the giraffe in the Zoo’s giraffe herd, the European Breeding Programme for Giraffes has agreed that Copenhagen Zoo euthanize the giraffe.

Read: UK zoo 'offers to rehome' Danish giraffe facing death

Plans in motion to bring Mexican polar bear to Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster has launched a campaign to fund the rescue of a polar bear from it's inadequate enclosure in Mexico.

Experts say Yupi, who is 22, is suffering because her concrete surroundings and the heat do not allow her to behave normally.

The Yorkshire Wildlife park, who rescued a pride of lions from Romania three years ago, have already started building her an enclosure and are trying to raise the £150,000 needed to bring Yupi here.

Park Director, Cheryl Williams says things are in motion to bring the bear to Yorkshire.

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