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.
The Danish response to the killing of a young giraffe has been muted - perhaps because Denmark is a farming country.
A UK zoo has offered to rehome a young giraffe facing death in Denmark due to EU in-breeding laws.