According to Tuesday's publication of The Guardian, the same Danish zoo which euthanized a healthy 18-month-old giraffe earlier this year, has just admitted to the killing of four lions this week.
The Copenhagen zoo stated that four lions were killed on Monday; the same zoo sparked outrage in early February when they killed the giraffe, named "Marius," dissected his body in public, and fed his remains to lions.
Two of the lions killed yesterday were just 10-months of age...the other two lions were said to be 16 years of age.
The zoo officials cited the arrival of a new male for their breeding program as the impetus for the killing.
Steffen Straede, the zoo's chief executive, stated:
The zoo is recognised worldwide for our work with lions, and I am proud that one of the zoo's own brood now forms the centre of a new pride of lions."
The lion cubs were killed after attempts to find somewhere for them to go failed.
A zoo official stated:
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,"
The lions killed on Monday were all from the same family.
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