Former Chechen Rebel May Save Danish Giraffe From Death

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has offered to grant asylum to the zoo specimen.

This picture taken on Febuary 7, 2014 shows a young giraffe named Marius who was shot dead and autopsied in the presence of visitors to the gardens at Copenhagen Zoo on Feb. 9, 2014.

Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, was put down with a bolt gun at Copenhagen Zoo on Sunday. Another zoo in Denmark is considering putting down another young giraffe, also named Marius.

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Yet another giraffe in Denmark may be marked for death as a local zoo tries to prevent inbreeding, but not if a former Chechen rebel has anything to do with it. 

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Marius, a young giraffe at Jyllands Park Zoo, could become the second of his kind to be killed by zookeepers trying to protect the genetic integrity of the herds. In a gory public display, Copenhagen Zoo put down another giraffe, also named Marius, on Sunday despite an online petition with almost 20,000 signatures pleading to spare his life. 

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting Aug. 7, 2013, outside Moscow.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has offered to save another giraffe in Denmark that zookeepers are considering putting down.
Russian politician Ramzan Kadyrov, a Chechen leader and former rebel, has offered to take in the giraffe and spare it the bloody fate of its fellow specimen. 

“On humanitarian grounds, I am ready to take Marius,” Kadyrov said in a translated version of a post on his Instagram account. “We can guarantee him the good conditions of detention and care of his health.”

‘We hope that this proposal will find a positive response from management [at] Jyllands zoo!” he wrote. 

Kadyrov is the son of former Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in 2004. He has offered allegiance to Russia and President Vladimir Putin. 

This story was first reported by Russian state news service RIA Novosti. 

Copenhagen Zoo executed Marius I with a bolt gun. Zookeepers dismembered the beast in a public display, and the remains were fed to lions. 

Some were shocked at the crude way in which the staff handled the animal. A spokesman for the zoo said it would never waste 200 kilograms of meat. 

Organizations including the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria supported the move, saying Copenhagen Zoo’s decision demonstrates a strong “need for genetic and demographic management within animals in human care.”

Others also are hoping to save the second Marius. See the video below for more.