Was Marius the Giraffe Kosher? by the Forward

Was Marius the Giraffe Kosher?

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It seems the lions at the Copenhagen Zoo enjoyed a little kosher treat this weekend.

Yes folks, that’s right: Marius the giraffe was kosher.

The 18-month-old giraffe was euthanized on Sunday because of a duty to avoid inbreeding. Reuters reported that Marius was given his favourite breakfast of rye bread and then shot.

And by euthanized, we mean “Marius” was skinned and dismembered in front of children, and then fed to the zoo’s lions.

According to Kashrut.com, there are certain misconceptions about how kosher of the long-necked mammal actually is. But rest easy — you won’t be feasting on giraffe around the Shabbat table any time soon. Although the giraffe is a kosher, it is not slaughtered because it is not known where on the neck to perform the shechitah (ritual slaughter).

WARNING: the video below contains scary and graphic images not fit for children — Oh wait.

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Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg , she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.

Was Marius the Giraffe Kosher?

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