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COPENHAGEN - A Copenhagen zoo that prompted international outrage by putting down a healthy giraffe and dissecting it in public has killed two lions and their two cubs to make way for a new male, it said on Tuesday. Credit: Flickr "Because of the pride of lions' natural structure and behaviour, the zoo has had to euthanise the two old lions and two young lions who were not old enough to fend for themselves," Copenhagen Zoo said in a statement. The 10-month-old lions "would have been killed by the new male lion as soon as he got the chance," it said. The four lions were put down on Monday after the zoo had failed to find a new home for them, a spokesman told AFP, confirming the four were...

The dying wish of a terminally ill man was granted when he got one last chance to visit his former place of employment, Rotterdam's Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo, where he was given a bittersweet kiss good-bye from one of the giraffes. Mario Eijs worked in maintenance at the zoo, cleaning animal enclosures and doing other odd jobs for almost 25 years, as reported by The Independent. The Ambulance Wish Foundation (AWF) granted Eijs's wish to return to the zoo. The 54-year-old has terminal cancer with little mobility and was wheeled to the giraffe enclosure in his hospital bed. The giraffes responded by nuzzling Eijs and offering kisses. The moments were captured in photos that AWF posted on...

A baby gorilla born by emergency C-section last Wednesday is now struggling to combat pneumonia at the San Diego Zoo. Zoo officials believe the gorilla may have contracted it during birth, as reported by ABC News. The female baby, not yet named, was born to first time 18-year-old mother Imani. She is now under round-the-clock care of zoo veterinarians and human neonatal specialists. "We've been working with the baby all weekend and after having several days of experience treating her, it's pretty obvious that we've been dealing with pneumonia," said Nadine Lamberski, associate director of veterinary services at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The rare emergency surgery was performed...

An African lion at the Oregon Zoo named Zawadi Mungu recently met his triplet cubs for the first time. The rambunctious trio reduced the 500-pound king of the jungle into a play pal in the Portland zoo's "Predators of the Serengeti" habitat. Zawadi was filmed in the outdoor enclosure with his three 6-month-old cubs, Kamali, Zalika and Angalia, who were all vying for his attention. The siblings were first introduced to their father in an indoor den several days before the group's outdoor play session. "We were confident that Zawadi would be tolerant of his cubs right away, and we're glad we were right because the cubs rushed him as soon as they saw him," said lead keeper Laura...

The Toronto Zoo used its YouTube channel to announce the name of its newest polar bear cub. More than 14,000 zoo fans entered a "Name the Cub" contest to choose the bear's moniker. The options were Humphrey, James, Lorek, Orson, Searik and Stirling. Now the results are in, and the cub is nameless no more. But if you want to know what his name is, you'll have to watch this video. OK, we'll give you a hint: It's not Searik....