Marius The Young Giraffe (Poem)

A reader sent in this touching poem about Marius, the young giraffe put down at a Copenhagen zoo despite being perfectly healthy.

Marius the young giraffe

Marius you were only two , when
Your fight for life to live at the zoo,
Should have been sorted out for you,
But word about your life ahead
Was only heard about instead
Two days before,
And  when discovered  a huge uproar.
There could have been another way,
Another zoo, another day ,
To rearrange  a better life ,
For Marius the young giraffe…
So young and perfectly formed,
Cut down in your prime, and then ignored
And in turn slain, all that remained,
Your skin of stripes…
As hungry lions devoured you.