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.
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.