Zoo sparks fury by FEEDING one of its giraffes to a lion after animal dies in Czech Republic
- GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: The zoo has released an image of a lion eating an animal’s corpse
- The post also said his 19-year-old Rothschild giraffe shot dead
- He added that the animal’s meat was given to other animals in the zoo.
- The post drew criticism, with some distressed viewers saying the photo was sad
A zoo that fed one of its beloved giraffes to a pack of carnivorous animals after it died has defended itself by saying ‘it would happen in the wild’.
Ostrava Zoo in the Czech Republic has been inundated with complaints after posting a photo of a lion devouring an animal corpse on social media alongside news that its 19-year-old Rothschild giraffe had been beaten down.
Zoo spokeswoman Šárka Nováková said: “The giraffe first fell down, was breathing heavily and did not get up.
“Everything pointed to heart failure. Due to the animal’s general condition, hypoxia, age and stress, we proceeded to euthanize it.
Writing on Facebook, the zoo added: “Meat from over 300kg of animals was used as food for domestic animals and other carnivores, as would occur in the wild.”
Ostrava Zoo in the Czech Republic has been inundated with complaints after posting a photo of a lion devouring an animal corpse on social media alongside news that its 19-year-old Rothschild giraffe had been shot
The post quickly drew criticism with a distressed viewer saying, “Very sad…even though it’s the law of nature, the picture is out of place…”
Another wrote: ‘I don’t consider the choice of the photo the happiest. Maybe a nice shot of the same giraffe strolling happily through the zoo?
‘When we inform of someone’s death, we will give a nice picture of them alive, not how the worms come out of their eyes…because that’s also natural, isn’t it?’
In response, the zoo said; ‘The giraffe was already old, she was nineteen. In the wild, giraffes can be around twenty years old.
“In human care, the age of life is usually higher, animals often exceed twenty years. The giraffe was healthy, until after the collapse it was discovered that she had a weak heart.
“She was shot and then fed.”
He added: “We currently have two young giraffes – a male and a female, breeding will certainly continue and develop.”
Now the zoo’s internet fans have rallied to call the diet “normal”.
One said, ‘That’s life, what do you think a lion does for a living?’
Another wrote: “The giraffe lived a good life, even in captivity. It’s good that the meat was used.
Writing on Facebook, the zoo added: ‘The meat of over 300kg of animals, pictured, was used as food for domestic animals and other carnivores, as would occur in the wild’
Yet another commented: “The right decision, at least it was used. I just think it would be better to take a photo of a Lion without a piece of a giraffe. people read comments, not everyone needs to see it.
Meanwhile, another said: ‘It’s great that the zoo can show the public the reality. There is nothing to be ashamed of!
“Unfortunately, Disney usually leads in public, so people lose the concept of reality….”.
Rothschild’s giraffes normally live 10 to 15 years, in captivity about 25 years.
The second most endangered giraffe subspecies, only a few hundred are now found in the wild in Kenya and Uganda.