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(BBC)   Copenhagen zoo plans to euthanize 18 month old male giraffe. Apparently some people have a problem with this, though the lions seem to be fine with it   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 93
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2014-02-08 02:11:46 PM
People
Eating
Tasty
Animals

HAW HAW!!!! Murica
 
2014-02-08 02:15:54 PM

Aquapope: Neuter/fix/vasectomy the critter.  What's the problem?  It's easy.


Cut that baby off and sell it to the Chinese for medicinal purposes, the zoo will make a fortune.
 
2014-02-08 02:23:52 PM

Maggie_Luna: Is it not possible to castrate a giraffe like with dogs and horses?


The dogs can't reach and the horses don't eat meat. Why not just use a scalpel?
 
2014-02-08 02:36:33 PM
Neuter the thing, failing that at least they are using a bolt gun. They get a free dissection for veterinary students and free lion food for a few days. Plus I'm pretty sure somebody at the zoo is going to sneak away with a few steaks.
 
2014-02-08 02:37:40 PM

PolyHatSnake: iron_city_ap:I priced actual giraffe skulls a while back. farkin' things aren't cheap. Replicas are much more reasonable. Yes, my wife thinks I'm insane for wanting one. Either way, one would look awesome hanging on a wall in my bar at home.

I immediately had to GIS "giraffe skull", and wow, that's pretty metal. Now I want one. If only I knew about a soon-to-be-dead giraffe somewhere...


That would look pretty cool hanging up in a bar/man cave*. My recommended products listing on Amazon may never recover after this but here it is...

/*for lack of a better more succinct description of a dark room filled with cool things even though I despise those who walk around using terms such as man cave... ah well
 
2014-02-08 02:38:05 PM
Giraffe people problems.
 
2014-02-08 02:38:19 PM

iron_city_ap: iheartscotch: I kind of understand. They don't want him to knock boots with any of his sisters. I support this idea; mainly because the alternative is white giraffes, with purple eyes.


/ And don't forget an obsession with dragons and iron chairs

// you wouldn't want to wake the dragon?

I priced actual giraffe skulls a while back. farkin' things aren't cheap. Replicas are much more reasonable. Yes, my wife thinks I'm insane for wanting one. Either way, one would look awesome hanging on a wall in my bar at home.


Oh really?

That sounds pretty Targaryen to me.

/ my buddy married his girlfriend this last summer; she wants a tiger. You read that right. She wants a 600 lb killing machine of her very own. Tell your wife that there are worse things to want. Namely, tigers.

// I kind of feel for him; she's clearly insane
 
2014-02-08 02:43:25 PM

mwenye_kichaa: Probably the reason they don't seem to consider neutering him is because giraffes are BIG. They may not have anesthetics that work on giraffes, restraining him for the operation would be difficult, and their surgical facilities just may not be up to it. The time to neuter him the way they do horses would have been before he was bigger than a horse, but that means they would have needed to know a long time ago that they wouldn't be able to find him a home.


They can tranquilize elephants, I bet they sure as fark can tranquilize a giraffe. I, too, do not understand why they just don't castrate it and let it live.

And fark this zoo for breeding animals it doesn't have room for.
 
2014-02-08 02:47:35 PM

LordOfThePings: Maggie_Luna: Is it not possible to castrate a giraffe like with dogs and horses?

The dogs can't reach and the horses don't eat meat. Why not just use a scalpel?


There's actually quite a bit of history out there regarding horses that eat meat. They aren't necessarily herbivores.

http://horsetalk.co.nz/2012/04/17/horses-as-meat-eating-killers/
 
2014-02-08 02:48:38 PM

mwenye_kichaa: Probably the reason they don't seem to consider neutering him is because giraffes are BIG. They may not have anesthetics that work on giraffes, restraining him for the operation would be difficult, and their surgical facilities just may not be up to it. The time to neuter him the way they do horses would have been before he was bigger than a horse, but that means they would have needed to know a long time ago that they wouldn't be able to find him a home.


Nope, it's the zoo association rules.  Because some zoos want to euthanize their animals without criticism, or too much criticism, it is essential that they all follow the same rules so that those harsher don't look so bad.  If you want to have giraffes in your zoo, you have to follow the pedigree and breeding rules, and get rid of those which could be replaced with more genetically valuable stock.  There just isn't room for any others.  According to the zoo rules.

Also, none are transferred outside zoos following those rules. "New home" means at another zoo only, not wild animal sanctuaries who aren't members. They would represent competition, and their help is welcomed about as warmly as, say, public school districts welcome the help of charter school competition in their territories.  At least in the USA this sometimes still manifests itself as a shiatstorm coming down on a zoo that considers transferring a well-loved by the public individual large mammal like an elephant to retirement in a refuge it is elderly, in an inappropriate climate, or a totally alone individual of a social species, from the association that considers it an attack on their principles, despite huge public pressure and it being the otherwise ethical thing to do.
 
2014-02-08 02:49:06 PM
What if the giraffe is gay though?
 
2014-02-08 02:56:10 PM

Foxxinnia: What if the giraffe is gay though?


Is he protesting Sochi?  That would make it a maybe.
 
2014-02-08 03:08:49 PM

baconbeard: I bet they could make a fortune if they had a giant barbeque. I'd pay a premium for a giraffe steak.


Not that's been EUthanized with drugs.  Combo pay per view giraffe beheading and bbq.  For charity.
 
2014-02-08 03:12:33 PM

iheartscotch: iron_city_ap: iheartscotch: I kind of understand. They don't want him to knock boots with any of his sisters. I support this idea; mainly because the alternative is white giraffes, with purple eyes.


/ And don't forget an obsession with dragons and iron chairs

// you wouldn't want to wake the dragon?

I priced actual giraffe skulls a while back. farkin' things aren't cheap. Replicas are much more reasonable. Yes, my wife thinks I'm insane for wanting one. Either way, one would look awesome hanging on a wall in my bar at home.

Oh really?

That sounds pretty Targaryen to me.

/ my buddy married his girlfriend this last summer; she wants a tiger. You read that right. She wants a 600 lb killing machine of her very own. Tell your wife that there are worse things to want. Namely, tigers.

// I kind of feel for him; she's clearly insane


I didn't say I was actually insane. Wanting a pet tiger is.
 
2014-02-08 03:40:55 PM
I've read that this happens a lot more often than zoo keepers would like the public to be aware of.  It's cruel to prevent female giraffes from reproducing so they let the female have a calf and when it gets old enough they take it out back and shoot it.
 
2014-02-08 03:45:24 PM
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2014-02-08 03:48:27 PM

dbrunker: I've read that this happens a lot more often than zoo keepers would like the public to be aware of.  It's cruel to prevent female giraffes from reproducing so they let the female have a calf and when it gets old enough they take it out back and shoot it.


It's not cruel to prevent female giraffes from reproducing, at the San Diego zoo their females get DepoPrevara (sp?) shots to keep them from doing what nature intended.

As far as neutering the males, that's also an option, they just replace their family jewels with Neuticles (yes, it's a real thing, go and look).

This is just asinine. If they didn't want the damned thing they shouldn't have allowed it. There are too many ways that this can be controlled.
 
2014-02-08 04:01:02 PM
What do you mean youth in Asia??

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-08 04:09:34 PM
Is this going to segue into a promo for Hangover IIII?
 
2014-02-08 04:10:22 PM
I know, I know, backstory for Hangover 2.5
 
2014-02-08 04:15:29 PM
I Chicago, the zookeepers drop the giraffe off at a set, wearing the wrong colors, and let nature take its course.
 
2014-02-08 04:16:34 PM

trappedspirit: baconbeard: I bet they could make a fortune if they had a giant barbeque. I'd pay a premium for a giraffe steak.

Not that's been EUthanized with drugs.  Combo pay per view giraffe beheading and bbq.  For charity.


You could actually use a row of guillotines, and take bets on which one severs the neck first.
The multi-guillotine method also slices up some nice thick neck-steaks.
 
2014-02-08 04:49:36 PM

iheartscotch: I kind of understand. They don't want him to knock boots with any of his sisters. I support this idea; mainly because the alternative is white giraffes, with purple eyes.


/ And don't forget an obsession with dragons and iron chairs

// you wouldn't want to wake the dragon?


I do kinda want to see a giraffe play a banjo though.
 
2014-02-08 05:25:25 PM

Maggie_Luna: Is it not possible to castrate a giraffe like with dogs and horses?


Damn that's harsh.
But I suppose if a dog could jump that high it might be able to do it...
 
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2014-02-08 05:29:49 PM
Around these parts, we neuter animals that we don't want to have breeding.
 
2014-02-08 05:44:29 PM
Will they instigate a joint Danish-Swedish police investigation by leaving the corpse on the bridge to Malmo with the head & neck on one side of the border and the rest of the body on the other?
 
2014-02-08 06:53:48 PM

dbrunker: I've read that this happens a lot more often than zoo keepers would like the public to be aware of.  It's cruel to prevent female giraffes from reproducing so they let the female have a calf and when it gets old enough they take it out back and shoot it.


XkcdCitationNeeded.jpg?
 
2014-02-08 07:03:59 PM

haolegirl: dbrunker: I've read that this happens a lot more often than zoo keepers would like the public to be aware of.  It's cruel to prevent female giraffes from reproducing so they let the female have a calf and when it gets old enough they take it out back and shoot it.

It's not cruel to prevent female giraffes from reproducing, at the San Diego zoo their females get DepoPrevara (sp?) shots to keep them from doing what nature intended.

As far as neutering the males, that's also an option, they just replace their family jewels with Neuticles (yes, it's a real thing, go and look).

This is just asinine. If they didn't want the damned thing they shouldn't have allowed it. There are too many ways that this can be controlled.


See, that's where I'm at. I love giraffes, but I'm really trying to be level-headed about this and respect the zookeeper's point about culling (which is a good idea with wild deer, for ex.). However, keeping GIRAFFES in a ZOO isn't like wild deer at all. Keeping any zoo animals isn't like that at all. Unless you have your head up your ass, Mr. Zookeeper, you should be doing "family planning," and I don't mean the rhythm method.

You should've forseen this and taken steps to prevent it. Failing that, take steps to relocate it. Euthanization because, oops, you didn't do your jobs and now have an inconvenient animal is not ethical, moral, or professional.

Have some farking respect for the animals that provide you with a living, arsehole.
 
2014-02-08 07:39:34 PM
This is a zoo run by complete idiots.  If they want to prevent him from breeding then  there's a method that's been around for thousands of years called castration.   And even if the giraffe had some problem that actually did call for putting him down, you use the most humane sedation procedure and don't worry about feeding the remains to the carnivores.
 
2014-02-08 09:24:09 PM
This happened at the Copenhagen zoo?  Perhaps you can say the giraffe was... snuffed out.
 
2014-02-08 09:26:05 PM

LordOfThePings: Maggie_Luna: Is it not possible to castrate a giraffe like with dogs and horses?

The dogs can't reach and the horses don't eat meat. Why not just use a scalpel?


The horse can kick the giraffe in the yambag and when it swells up enough to hang down low the dog can jump up and rip it off with his teeth.
 
2014-02-08 10:13:57 PM

brimed03: dbrunker: I've read that this happens a lot more often than zoo keepers would like the public to be aware of.  It's cruel to prevent female giraffes from reproducing so they let the female have a calf and when it gets old enough they take it out back and shoot it.

XkcdCitationNeeded.jpg?


Honestly, you got me, I can't remember where I read that, only that I was really bothered by it.
 
2014-02-09 03:46:18 AM

Brittabot: Maggie_Luna: Is it not possible to castrate a giraffe like with dogs and horses?

I'm also wondering why this isn't being considered as a solution. Then he can live and they won't have to worry about him mating with any of the females.


I think they want to breed them as well, so they want 5 male giraffes (fta.), that aren't all inbreed.

They exchange animals with other ZOO's, so I guess they could exchange this one. But right now they want to kill it and feed it to the lions.


But the point really is, who gives a farking shiat, some hypocrites that'll happy eat a burger cares about a giraffe because. Why? It's like a cow, with a long neck.
 
2014-02-09 03:47:30 AM

Aquapope: Neuter/fix/vasectomy the critter.  What's the problem?  It's easy.


They want their giraffes to breed though. And the giraffe pen only has room for so many.
 
2014-02-09 03:49:01 AM

Hermione_Granger: Why don't they just throw it in with the lions and see what happens. That would be a helluva field trip to be on that day. Although a grown giraffe is capable of kicking the shiat out of some lions though. It could be interesting.


People would whine about that also. There's always spoilsports. :(
 
2014-02-09 03:56:42 AM
Need_MindBleach:

They can tranquilize elephants, I bet they sure as fark can tranquilize a giraffe. I, too, do not understand why they just don't castrate it and let it live.

Because they want a genetically diverse giraffe population.

And fark this zoo for breeding animals it doesn't have room for.

Giraffes aren't like pandas. They breed on their own without intervention.

Is your alternate suggestion that they keep the males and females separate? That'll probably make the giraffes unhappy or something.

Why the fark do people care? Noone, mostly, gives a shiat that the lions are fed cows (some think they should eat tofu, I know), but when its a giraffe its suddenly all special.
 
2014-02-09 07:25:45 AM
They killed it despite offers from other zoos to take the giraffe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26098935
 
2014-02-09 08:11:29 AM

Purple_Jack: They killed it despite offers from other zoos to take the giraffe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26098935


sounds like they ran low on money to buy meat for the carnivores... that is the only logical explanation as to why they would reject the other zoo's offers.
 
2014-02-09 02:46:23 PM

Purple_Jack: They killed it despite offers from other zoos to take the giraffe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26098935


www.tagseoblog.de
 
2014-02-09 03:52:29 PM

Purple_Jack: They killed it despite offers from other zoos to take the giraffe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26098935


And the resultant boycott will put all of its other animals in danger.  Thanks, Copenhagen Zoo, for keeping animals alive!
 
2014-02-09 04:15:41 PM
It's not euthanasia if it's a perfectly healthy animal.

You're killing it.

Call things by their proper names.
 
2014-02-09 08:34:33 PM
Look at that face.
static.guim.co.uk
I couldn't shoot him if someone offered me $1,000,000 to do it.
 
2014-02-09 09:07:24 PM
Wow, they suck.  I believe the giraffe's last words were: "Dude, really, REALLY? Weak, dude. Weak."
 
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