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One of Britain's most popular safari parks has defended a decision to cull six lions after an increase in pregnancies, which staff said had caused "excessive violent behaviour".
Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire said a lioness and her cubs were suffering from "neurological development disorders" and ruled euthanasia was the "responsible option".
The explanation on the the park's Facebook page was met by a mixed reaction from the public.
The cull comes after a public campaign failed to stop Copenhagen Zoo from killing a young male giraffe.
Six lions have been put down at Longleat in Wiltshire.
In a statement the Safari Park said the decision was taken after the animals exhibited "odd aggressive behaviour." They also say a review of the genetic lineage of the lions showed inbreeding amongst their grandparents before coming to Longleat.
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Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire says it had to destroy five of its lions because they had serious genetic defects caused by inbreeding.