COPENHAGEN Zoo has gone ahead with its plan to kill a male giraffe and feed it to lions in front of onlookers, despite being offered $680,000 to back away from the idea.
Marius, a male giraffe, was killed before being dissected and fed to lions.
The zoo turned down the $680,000 offer from a private individual to save the life of the healthy giraffe, saying it was following inbreeding recommendations made by a European association.
The two-year-old giraffe was put down using a bolt pistol and its meat was being fed to carnivores at the zoo, spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro said.
Visitors, including children, were invited to watch while the giraffe was dissected.
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