Days earlier, Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, lambasted another zoo in Denmark after they killed a healthy two-year-old giraffe named Marius by shooting it in the head, skinning it then feeding it to the lions in front of visitors, including children.
"Abominable. Insensitive. Grotesque.” Hanna said. “This is not what we are about at the Columbus Zoo. Most zoos in the country don't do this. I would have personally, with my money, paid for that giraffe to come over to our country and taken care of it."
Now the Ohio zoo is offering $100,000 to help save another giraffe, also named Marius, after Jyllands Park Zoo said they will kill the seven-year-old giraffe once a female is brought in.
If Jyllands Park accepts the offer, the $100,000 will come from Columbus Zoo’s critical care fund, set up after animals died when released from an exotic animal farm in Zanesville.
Tom Stalf of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is urging members of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums to come up with a non-lethal plan for unwanted animals.
"There are people in place and organizations in place that are willing to help a demand that this action stop," Stalf said.