How sad and painfully. Even after over 26,000 signatures to save the life of the giraffe, the zoo owners said they had no choice but to murder it.
According to CNN,
An online petition to save a healthy young giraffe from death has failed, despite thousands of signatures.
Copenhagen Zoo said it was putting down the male, named Marius, on Sunday because of a duty to avoid inbreeding.
Despite online uproar over the move and reports of last-minute attempts to save the animal, the zoo in the Danish capital said it had no place for Marius in its giraffe herd.
Following an autopsy, its body will be chopped up and fed to carnivores at the zoo.
"The euthanasia is happening in agreement with the European Breeding Programme for Giraffes," Copenhagen Zoo said on its website.
"It is not possible to transfer the giraffe to another zoo as it will cause inbreeding."
Fed to the lions
Marius was killed by a bolt gun, not a lethal injection, which would contaminate the meat, the zoo said.
The carcass will be used partly for research and partly to feed carnivores at the zoo.
The giraffe's impending death had sparked outrage online, with more than 27,000 people signing a "Save Marius" petition, appealing for a last-minute change of heart.