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Danish zoo puts down healthy giraffe to avoid inbreeding Published: February 9, 2014

(CNN) -- An online petition to save a healthy young giraffe from death has failed, despite thousands of signatures.

Copenhagen Zoo said it was putting down the male, named Marius, on Sunday because of a duty to avoid inbreeding.

Despite online uproar over the move and reports of last-minute attempts to save the animal, the zoo in the Danish capital said it had no place for Marius in its giraffe herd.

Following an autopsy, its body will be chopped up and fed to carnivores at the zoo.

"The euthanasia is happening in agreement with the European Breeding Programme for Giraffes," Copenhagen Zoo said on its website.

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