Surplus giraffe dissected in front of families

AP Photo/POLFOTO, Peter Hove Olesen
AP Photo/POLFOTO, Peter Hove Olesen

The gruesome event happened in Copenhagen. Marius, a two-year-old giraffe, was shot with a bolt pistol and then had an autopsy performed on him in front of visitors including those with families. When I first read about the event I was ashamed and shocked.

Ashamed that the zoo wouldn’t allow the giraffe to be placed in one of the other zoos that offered to take Marius and wouldn’t take the $50,000, offered by an anonymous individual, to stop the killing, all because of the potential threat of inbreeding.

I dislike zoos in general. One can never know how the animals are actually being treated at the zoos. It may look like the animals are being taken care of but behind closed gates worse thing could potentially be occurring.

AP Photo/POLFOTO, Rasmus Flindt Pedersen
AP Photo/POLFOTO, Rasmus Flindt Pedersen

My mom is from Lake Charles and on our way to LC, we’d always stop at this gas station along the way. From about the age of 15, there was a tiger in a rail car cage there at the gas station named Tony. A few years ago a petition went around to have Tony released from the rail car. It went through and Tony was moved. I never figured out where Tony ended up after the rail car but I’m sure he went to a sanctuary.

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