A Danish zoo is planning to publicly dissect a nine-month-old lion — a year after another park's decision to dissect and skin a giraffe and feed it to lions triggered massive online protests.

The Odense zoo in central Denmark says the female lion was put down nine months ago because the zoo had too many felines. It said the animal, which has since been kept in a freezer, will be dissected Thursday to coincide with the schools' fall break.

The move has so far attracted several protests but has been mostly well received in Denmark, unlike similar plans at a separate Danish park in 2014.

Zookeeper Michael Wallberg Soerensen said Saturday the zoo has performed public dissections for 20 years, and that they are "not for entertainment" but are educational.