Zoo Kills Healthy Baby Giraffe & Feeds It to Lions While Kids Watch (VIDEO)

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marius giraffeIf you and your kids have watched wild animal nature programs on TV, you've probably seen a predator chase, kill, and devour another animal. But TV is one thing -- what if you had the chance to let your child watch a lion devour a giraffe live and in person? A Danish zoo killed a giraffe and fed it to the lions, and it let the public watch the whole thing. And while seemingly half of Europe is furious over the killing of a 2-year-old giraffe in perfect health, I was stunned at this: They let people watch?!? Maybe I'm just a cold-hearted nerd, but that sounds like an amazing learning experience for the kids.

The question of whether or not the zoo should have killed the giraffe is a separate issue I'll let other people argue over. I think it's an excellent discussion topic for older kids. But what I'm wondering is whether or not I would take my own child to see it all happen. I've seen from the photos taken at the Copenhagen Zoo that kids were right there, watching it all.

My son is 10 years old, and he's definitely hip to the fact that some animals eat other animals -- in a more concrete way than a 6-year-old knows that. We eat meat, and we've talked about where that food comes from. He's seen me hack up a whole, raw chicken numerous times. So the idea of killing animals (especially for food) is not news to him.

I think if you treat the subject with some respect, it could be an incredible opportunity parents aren't likely to get any other way besides going on a safari. (A real one, not one of those pretend safaris in California.) You'd have to prepare for it and not just show up like some gawking looky-loo. I would want us to read up on how exactly the zoo planned to proceed and maybe a bit about the eating habits of lions in the wild vs. in captivity, the typical lifespan of a giraffe, things of that sort that would give the whole experience some context. And then we would discuss after what we thought and how we felt about the experience.

I think you'd also have to prepare your child emotionally. They may think they can handle it and then find it more traumatic than they expected. I think you'd have to be very careful about that.

Of course, all this depends on whether or not my son would actually want to witness it. And I'm not sure he would -- maybe, if he were a little older? I think he might be a little too tender still at this point. But every kid is different -- I think there probably are some tween-aged kids who might find the whole thing fascinating.

But even if he said "no way!" to watching a giraffe get killed, skinned, and fed to big cats (which I would completely understand), just having that conversation would be interesting.

Would you let your kid watch any part of a giraffe being killed and fed to lions if they wanted to see it?


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miche... micheledo

I just read about this today.  I'm so glad they opened it up to the public and allowed it to be a learning opportunity!  I think we would take our kids, though I'm not sure all of them would watch much of it.

They definitely explored all their options and it seems like this was a good decision by the zoo.

Eddie... EddiesMama1983

You're  a bunch of cold hearted bitches!

Todd Vrancic

Not when other zoos were offering to take the perfectly healthy giraffe.  The lions generally take down hurt, sick or other animals that have been weakened.

nonmember avatar M.

I understand that other zoos were offering to take the animal, but overcrowding wasn't the issue. Genetic diversity was. This animal was genetically similar to a lot of other giraffes in the multi-zoo program. They don't use birth control on their animals because of long term side-effects. Even if this animal had been transferred to another facility, it most likely would have been managed by the same breeding program. The zoo doesn't own the giraffe, the breeding program does. Captive management of a species does require selective euthanasia, even on healthy animals. I think they made the best of a situation that wasn't necessarily ideal by feeding off the remains and allowing children to witness it.

Nurse... NurseJannie

I'm from Denmark and have been following this pretty closely. My family have season tickets to this Zoo and we visit often. The Zooologist seem to have had some pretty good reasons to put the giraffe down ( to avoid inbreeding among other things) and I think it was a good move that they shared everything with the public. Scientist will learn a lot from studying the various parts of the animal that's been shared with universities all over the world for research purposes. 

debra... debra_benge

Considering my children have not only watched, but HELPED when we butcher pigs and steers yearly for our freezers, I would have no problem with them watching this.  It's not something to hide or be afraid of, and frankly, since they couldn't rehome the giraffe outside the breeding program, I'm glad they put him down and used the meat to feed the lions, AND used it as a teaching experience.  It's better than him breeding back to his mother, sister, aunt, cousin, whatever, and breeding a mutated giraffe.

cherylam cherylam

Although I understand people 'feel bad' because a giraffe was killed & fed to the lions, how many of you who think this was wrong ever considered, just for a minute, the pigs/ cows/ chickens butchered every day, to feed a burgeoning human population, much less animals we keep in zoos? And crying that animals shouldn't be kept in zoos, consider this...there are 4, count 'em 4, white rhinos left in the wild. Exactly how long do you think these magnificent creatures would last in the wild???? Anyone???? Poachers & hunters would be polishing their guns, just waiting for the opportunity. Give me a break, I love animals, I am proudly vegan. However, in the animal kingdom, there's few rules....mostly either eat or be eaten.

adamat34 adamat34

It's the circle of life I know they killed the giraffe but this is what does happen in the wild.

I'm just glad they didn't sell the hide or dispose of the meat.

Americans are to sensitive

nonmember avatar Mel

I would see justification if the lions were to actually hunt the giraffe.

Terra... TerraIncognita

If they were so concerned about inbreeding, couldnt they have sterilized the animal before sending it to another facility?

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