However, in the eyes of the zoo, Marius’s murder was only intended to protect the breed. Because the giraffe’s gene pool is too similar to the other giraffes in the zoo. If he had mated with giraffe women, he probably would have turned into a sick animal. He didn’t want to risk that, because these animals have a very short and difficult life.
This is what happened in Berlin: in mid-January, a baby giraffe died just two days after it was born; it was supposedly not viable because it came from an incestuous partner. Copenhagen wanted to avoid this as much as possible. Spaying and neutering would not have saved Marius either, as Marius would have taken the place of another fertile animal. Strong language!