Staff at a Copenhagen Zoo where a healthy giraffe was put down despite a massive online campaign to save it have received death threats, CNN reports.
Copenhagen Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbæk Bro said that several members of staff were targeted including Bengt Holst, Director of Research and Conservation who "received threats via telephone and emails."
Two-year-old Marius was put down despite an offer to rehome him at The Yorkshire Wildlife Park in accordance with European guidelines aimed at preventing inbreeding.
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.