A zoologist with the Jyllands Park Zoo told CNN the park was considering bringing in a breeding female giraffe to join Marius and another more genetically-valuable male giraffe.
Should that happen, the thinking was the zoo would try to find another home for Marius, but if it couldn’t, there wouldn't be enough space for all of the giraffes and Marius might have to be euthanized.
But on Friday the zoo denied it was ever planning to kill the animal, writing in a statement: "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." (Via Facebook / Jyllands Park Zoo)
News of a second possible giraffe killing brought in several offers to find Marius a new home. According to The Guardian, the president of Chechnya offered to take in the animal at his personal zoo. (Via The Guardian)
Celebrity zoologist Jack Hanna also raised more $100,000 to bring the second giraffe to a zoo in Ohio. (Via Slate)
Despite the offers, the Jyllands Park Zoo says it will be keeping all of its giraffes.