updated 3/23/2010 12:19:28 PM ET 2010-03-23T16:19:28

The mayor of Albuquerque has ordered an investigation after a beloved Rio Grande Zoo giraffe was dismembered and placed in a trash bin.

A debilitating leg injury led zoo staff to euthanize Kashka the giraffe last week.

Instead of taking the giraffe to an area designated for dead animals at the landfill, a zoo worker put the dismembered giraffe carcass in a zoo trash bin.

A garbage truck eventually took the trash bin containing the deceased giraffe to a local landfill.

Albuquerque's Cultural Services Director Betty Rivera said the way Kashka was handled is shocking and not how beloved zoo animals should be treated.

Mayor Richard Berry said he will take appropriate action when he finds out who is responsible.

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