The UK zoo that offered to rehome a young giraffe facing death in Copenhagen Zoo, has said that it is "saddened" by reports that it had been killed. Yorkshire Wildlife Park said in a statement it had contacted the Danish zoo, but did not hear back:
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is saddened to hear reports from Copenhagen that 18 month old giraffe Marius has been euthansed.
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 confirmed that they had contacted the zoo but had not heard back.
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.
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.