Marius was a giraffe only 18 months-old and on death row in the Copenhagen zoo. Due to the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) which dictates that facilities can’t have too many giraffes with the same genes. The announcement of the decision caused a huge international uproar. Tens of thousand of signatures hoped that the petition that they participated would help however they found out on February 9th that it would be ignored by the Copenhagen zoo. The zoo also ignored several offers for a new home for Marius in other zoos. After Marius was shot by a handgun on the head by his keeper, a public autopsy was performed on him which aimed to educate the visitors about the anatomy of the giraffe.
Now there is talk of a second giraffe in the same position. A giraffe in Jyllands Park zoo in Denmark had been put on “death row” just like Marius. After all the uproar Marius’ death caused, however, recently the park announced that they will not be euthanizing said giraffe. They made a statement talking about how all the statements towards euthanizing was purely in response to hypothetical situations and any situation requiring the giraffe to be euthanized is not a reality.