People look on as a veterinarian cuts apart the giraffe Marius after it was killed in Copenhagen Zoo February 9, 2014. The Copenhagen Zoo went ahead with a plan to shoot and dismember a healthy ... more 
People look on as a veterinarian cuts apart the giraffe Marius after it was killed in Copenhagen Zoo February 9, 2014. The Copenhagen Zoo went ahead with a plan to shoot and dismember a healthy giraffe on Sunday and feed the 18-month-old animal's carcass to lions - an action the zoo said was in line with anti-inbreeding rules meant to ensure a healthy giraffe population. The giraffe, named Marius, was shot in the head and then cut apart in view of children, according to a video of the incident released by the Denmark-based production company Localize. The zoo's plans had sparked an outcry from animal rights activists. A British zoo had offered to give Marius a home and even started an online petition to save the giraffe, gathering more than 25,000 signatures. Picture taken February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kasper Palsnov/Scanpix Denmark (DENMARK - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK less 
1 / 25
Reuters | Photo By SCANPIX DENMARK / REUTERS
Mon, Feb 10, 2014 1:03 AM EST