(ANIMAL CRUELTY/ZOOS) DENMARK — The Danish zoo that received heavy criticism in response to it’s decision to euthanize a healthy giraffe, Marius, is at it again. On Monday, the Copenhagen Zoo killed four lions, including two 10-month-old cubs, to make room for a new male lion.

The four lions, all from the same family, were put down after the zoo failed to find a new home for them. A spokesman for the Copenhagen Zoo, Tobias Stenbaek Bro, said the zoo tried to place them elsewhere, “but unfortunately there wasn’t any interest.”

The new lion is about three-years-old and was brought from Givskud Zoo, also in Denmark. In a few days he will be introduced to the remaining two 18-month-old female lions who have reached breeding age.

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These lions were fed the remains of Marius the giraffe after he was shot and dissected at the Copenhagen Zoo. Photo Credit: Gonzales Photo/Demotix/Corbis

“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,” the Copenhagen zoo said in a statement, claiming the 10-month-old lions would have been killed by the new male lion “as soon as he got the chance.”

The statement also said there would be no public dissection of the animals since “not all our animals are dissected in front of an audience.”

The zoo stands by their belief that they’re doing the right thing, and are not the least bit embarrassed or concerned about the remarks of the public in response to their initial killing of Marius that went viral.

Last month, the zoo’s scientific director Bengt Holst received death threats over the decision to kill Marius, who was less than two-years-old and put down with a bolt gun in order to “prevent inbreeding.” An audience including children then witnessed the giraffe’s body being dissected and fed to the lions.

A week later, reports surfaced that another Danish zoo intended to put down a young giraffe, also named Marius. But after receiving widespread outrage, the Jyllands Park Zoo said it had no such plans to euthanize the second Marius.

The Copenhagen Zoo puts down about 20 to 30 animals a year. But with these latest episodes, the Copenhagen is certainly giving other notorious zoos a run for their money.

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— Kayla Newcomer, exclusive to Global Animal