According to Tuesday's New York Times, the Copenhagen Zoo, the very same zoo that killed Marius, the healthy 18-month-old giraffe in February, killed four lions on Tuesday, including two 10-month-old lion cubs.
The male lion, 16-years-old and the 14-year-old female lion were said to be nearing the end of their lives, and zoo officials cited they were making room for a new male lion.
According to BBC News, the zoo issued the following statement for euthanizing the four animals:
"Because of the pride of lions' natural structure and behaviour, the zoo has had to euthanise the two old lions and two young lions who were not old enough to fend for themselves."
Marius, the giraffe, was euthanized because his DNA (genes) were too close to other giraffes, and the zoo wanted to avoid any inbreeding.
Zookeepers said the new male lion would have killed the cubs. The zoo stated they tried to relocate the cubs, but no other parks would take them.
The new male lion will be breeding with two female lions now old enough to mate.
There are no plans this time to dissect the lions in public and feed their body parts to the other zoo animals.
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