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European zoos believe that animals should be free to do what comes naturally. The result is a surplus of offspring. And if zookeepers can't find a home for the babies, zoos typically kill them. (Zookeepers argue that most animals born in the wild would die anyway.) Moreover, European zoos have learned that baby animals are big draws (i.e. Knut). Thus, there's a financial incentive to have zoo populations breed like crazy. What happens to these unfortunate animals once they become mature is another story. That's the shocking reality.