Donors send $5K to Ohio zoo after giraffe killing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A spokeswoman says donations made to the Columbus Zoo in central Ohio in response to the killing of a giraffe in Denmark will be kept in a fund to help other threatened animals.

The spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1cUoMFy ) over $5,700 has been donated to the Animals in Crisis fund amid an outcry over the Feb. 9 giraffe killing.

The Copenhagen Zoo says it killed the healthy giraffe to prevent inbreeding. The carcass was butchered in front of a crowd and fed to lions.

The Columbus Zoo's director emeritus, celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna, was among those who condemned what happened. He'd gathered $100,000 in pledges to help save a second giraffe at Denmark's Jyllands Park Zoo, which had said it might have to kill that giraffe for similar reasons.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com