- That "surplus" Giraffe.
Last paragraph from the link above
The director of a wildlife park in the Netherlands, Robert Krijuff, whose last-minute offer of a place was also rejected, said: “I can’t believe it. We offered to save his life. Zoos need to change the way they do business.”
And Yorkshire Wildlife Park also one in Sweden offered to take it in.Posted 4 years agoMrs ToastMember
From what I’ve read, they planned to kill the giraffe because they couldn’t find a home for him, then a few places stepped up at the last minute, but they went ahead and did it anyway. It’s a shame they didn’t check that there would be a home for him before they allowed his parents to breed, but at least the lions will get some authentic home cuisine out of it…Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Read several zoo’s offered to re-home it but to me sounds like the zoo couldn’t be arsed to sort it out.
I can imagine that, outside of the stresses on the animal itself, postage costs for a giraffe aren’t cheap.Posted 4 years ago
Or maybe it was outside the size limits for Royal Mail…
Seems that its ‘disposal’ isn’t the end of the story. They went “hey everyone, come and watch!”
Posted 4 years ago
A crowd of visitors, including small children, looked on as the giraffe was put down [with a bolt gun]. Some grimaced while others took photos as he was autopsied and chopped up.
A full-maned lion later tucked into the giraffe’s remains, fed to carnivores at the zoo.
Good grief.Posted 4 years agowhatnobeerMember
Still a bit ‘meh’ about it, spectacle or not. The giraffe could never be allowed to breed, so what happens in a few years when you want to keep it with a female or want to replace it with one than can? Put it down then when no one is watching?
I think it’s a valuable lesson/issue that more people should be aware of, bucketed in with things like where does your meat come from and what happens to ill animals etc Too many folk are all too happy to gloss over the ‘unpleasant’ realities of it all.Posted 4 years ago
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