(FILES) - Picture taken on Febuary 7, 2014 shows a perfectly healthy young giraffe named Marius who was shot dead and autopsied in the presence of visitors to the gardens at Copenhagen zoo on Febuary 9, 2014 despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers. Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, was put down with a bolt gun early on Sunday, zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro confirmed. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX DENMARK / KASPER PALSNOV +++ DENMARK OUT +++KELD NAVNTOFT/AFP/Getty Images / KELD NAVNTOFT AFP/Getty Images
A Danish Zoo under fire for comments about euthanizing a giraffe has announced it will not be receiving a giraffe "anytime soon" so the "situation now seems to be eliminated."
This comes just after the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized a healthy, 18-month-old giraffe on Feb. 9 to avoid inbreeding. People worldwide criticized the decision.
"There is no plan, and there has never been a plan to neither move or euthanize any of our giraffes," the Jyllands Park Zoo wrote on its Facebook page Friday.
The zoo is trying to acquire a female giraffe as part of a European breeding program. If that happens, zookeepers will need to figure out what to do with their 7-year-old giraffe, Marius.
"If we are told we have to euthanize (Marius), we would of course do that," said zookeeper Janni Løjtved Poulsen.
However, there has been no announcement that the giraffe needs to be euthanized.
The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) issued a statement Friday, confirming that no request has been received from Jyllands for the European Endangered Species Program to consider the transfer of a female giraffe.
"We will of course keep both our giraffes, as we have stated all along," Jyllands Park Zoo stated on Facebook. "There is no plan, and there has never been a plan to neither move or euthanize any of our giraffes. The media stories are only based on a hypothetical situation, which we have answered questions about."
The situation might change if Jyllands applied for a female giraffe, received the giraffe and needed to figure out what to do with the less genetically desirable Marius. The European Endangered Species Program (EEP) says that facilities can't have too many giraffes with the same genes.
"While we understand that some members of the public are upset by the euthanization of the giraffe at Copenhagen zoo, the protection of the species as a whole must be our priority," Lesley Dickie, executive director of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria said in a letter to CNN. "Our resources are regrettably finite, and as a result, the EEP must prioritize animals which can contribute to the overall genetic health of the captive population."
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