Zoo scientist: Save giraffe campaign went 'much too far'

Copenhagen Zoo have confirmed they put down a healthy young giraffe this morning despite a massive online campaign to save it. Yorkshire Wildlife Park said they were saddened by the news following their offer to rehome the animal.

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Zoo: Campaign to save giraffe went 'much too far'

Copenhagen Zoo's scientific director Bengt Holst has said the campaign to save a healthy, young giraffe had gone "much too far".

Mr Holst said all zoos had been considered to rehouse Marius, but there was no place - including at Yorkshire, where any space should be saved for a genetically more important giraffe.

He told the BBC it was responsible practice for zoos to manage animal populations to ensure they remained healthy.

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