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Second giraffe called Marius 'at risk at Danish zoo'

Marius the giraffe was put down and later fed to the lions at Copenhagen Zoo. Credit: EBU

Less than a week after Copenhagen Zoo put down a healthy giraffe despite an online campaign to save it, a second Danish zoo is planning to do the same, the Mirror reports.

Two-year-old Marius was put down on Sunday despite an offer to rehome him at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, in accordance with European guidelines aimed at preventing inbreeding.

Now, Jyllands Park Zoo is reportedly considering putting down a seven-year-old giraffe -also called Marius - over fears it will fight with a male rival over a female giraffe.

Zookeeper Janni Poulsen told the newspaper: "We can’t have two males and one female.

"Then there will be fights. If we are told we have to euthanise Marius we would of course do that".

First batch of chemical weapons leaves Syria

Syria has moved the first batch of chemical weapon materials out of the country after transporting it from two sites to the port city of Latakia and onto a Danish vessel, the international chemical weapons watchdog has said.

"The vessel has been accompanied by naval escorts provided by Denmark and Norway, as well as the Syrian Arab Republic," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement.

"It will remain at sea awaiting the arrival of additional priority chemical materials at the port."


Danish PM: Cameron-Obama 'selfie' was 'kind of funny'

The Danish prime minister will not be sharing the "selfie" she took with David Cameron and Barack Obama, broadcaster DR Forsiden reported.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt jokingly journalists today the rest of the world will not see the famous photograph because "it was not a very good picture".

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and US President Barack Obama at the memorial. Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Asked about the criticism that it was inappropriate to take a "selfie" during Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Ms Thorning-Schmidt replied, "Basically it was a festive event which celebrated a man who has lived 95 years and achieved so much in his life".

She said there were lots of photographs being taken of President Obama that day, adding, "I thought it was kind of funny".

She is the daughter-in-law to the former Labour leader Lord Kinnock.

Wind tears giant scaffolding from office in Denmark

A Danish office worker watched in amazement yesterday as strong wind tore a large piece of scaffolding from his building in Copenhagen.

Martin Winholt filmed as the scaffolding took on the appearance of a giant flag flapping in the wind, before collapsing to ground.

Hurricane-force gusts associated with St. Jude crossed the North Sea to Denmark yesterday afternoon leaving a trail of destruction across the southern half of England and Wales.

Denmark tipped for Eurovision glory

Emmelie de Forest from Denmark performs at the first semi-final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest at Malmo Arena Credit: Kristina Koroleva/Press Association Images

Denmark are the hot favourites to win the Eurovision Song contest tomorrow night - a victory which could trigger the biggest payout in the history of the show.

The Danish entry, Only Teardrops by Emmelie de Forest is 4/6 odds on favourite, with Norway's I Feed You My Love by Margaret Berger second favourite at 5/1 according to betting firm William Hill.

Rupert Adams, from William Hill, said: "Emmelie looks very hard to beat and she could spark the biggest payout in the Eurovision's long and distinguished history."

Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler, who will represent the UK, is more fancied to come last at 8/1 than first where she is placed at 50/1.

Mr Adams said the public had seemingly given up on the Welsh singer's hopes of victory with hardly anyone willing to take a "patriotic punt" on the UK's chances.

However the 61-year-old, who is performing the track "Believe in Me", has still managed to make a big impression in the host city.

A Swedish restaurant treated Tyler to a rendition of her entry while she was dining with her team and BBC staff.


Danish magazine to publish topless Kate pics tomorrow

A Danish magazine has said it will be publishing topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge tomorrow, despite the royal couple being granted an injunction from the French court.

SE og HØR have reportedly said that they will publish a 16-page supplement of Kate, and that it would not be available on their website.

Man in court over tourist's murder

The family of a Danish tourist murdered while visiting the UK have spoken of their difficulty in coming to terms with their loss as a man appeared in court in connection with his death.

Kayden Smith, 27, of Belmont Close, Hassocks, has appeared before Haywards Heath Magistrates' Court charged with the murder of Jan Jensen.

The 52-year-old tattoo artist, from Aalborg, Denmark, had been visiting the UK and had recently become friends with Smith.

He was found dead by police at a flat in Belmont Close, Hassocks, West Sussex, on Thursday afternoon.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Jensen died of a stab wound to the chest.

Danish striker could face UEFA action after flashing sponsored underwear

Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner could be facing UEFA action over ambush marketing after revealing a pair of bookmaker-branded underpants when he scored in today's 3-2 defeat to Portugal at Euro 2012.

Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner shows off his 'Paddy Power' underwear. Credit: PA Wire

Bendtner, who got both goals as Denmark came from 2-0 down to level the match before conceding a late winner, revealed branding from Irish bookmaker Paddy Power during celebrations of the equaliser.

For more on this story visit ITV Sport's Euro 2012 site.

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