A second Danish zoo giraffe will not be killed, the Jyllands Park Zoo announced on Friday. The announcement counters widespread media reports that the animal was on death row.
"There is no plan, and there has never been a plan to neither move or euthanize any of our giraffes," the zoo wrote on its Facebook page Friday.
"The media stories are only based on a hypothetical situation, which we have answered questions about. This situation now seems to be eliminated," the Facebook post says.
A week after the killing of a Copenhagen Zoo giraffe named Marius caused a global uproar, Jyllands Park announced that it would also euthanize its male reticulated giraffe—bizarrely, also named Marius—if a breeding female giraffe were to join its herd.
That's because the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) dictates that facilities can't have too many giraffes with the same genes. (Related: "Opinion: Killing of Marius the Giraffe Exposes Myths About Zoos.")
However, "the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) have announced that Jyllands Park Zoo is not to recieve [sic] a female giraffe any time soon as part of the programme," says Jyllands' Facebook page.
EAZA issued its own statement Friday, confirming that "no request has been received from Jyllands for the EEP to consider the transfer of a female giraffe to the herd, and given the facilities available at the zoo and the lack of further need for breeding herds of reticulated giraffes, the EEP would not recommend the transfer of a female giraffe to Jyllands.
"There has been no indication from Jyllands that they have ever planned to euthanase this giraffe."
The association added that it "cannot support any decision to cull the animal in question."
The Copenhagen Zoo's Marius was killed February 9. Afterward, zoo officials performed a three-hour-long demonstration of how to butcher a giraffe before a large crowd of visitors, including many children. The meat was then fed to the zoo's lions.
"When breeding success increases it is sometimes necessary to euthanize," Bengt Holst, Copenhagen Zoo's scientific director, said in a February 9 statement on their giraffe's death. "We see this as a positive sign and as insurance that we in the future will have a healthy giraffe population in European zoos."
Marius's death and very public dismemberment sparked outrage on social media, prompted death threats against staff at the zoo, and was seen by some animal lovers as a provocative response to a campaign to spare the giraffe's life in the days and hours leading up to his death.
An online petition asking the Copenhagen Zoo to hold off on killing its unwanted giraffe until an alternate home could be found for him received tens of thousands of signatures from around the world but was ignored by the zoo.
Also ignored were offers by wildlife parks in Britain, Sweden, and the Netherlands to take Marius off their hands rather than see him killed.