Police in Cumbria are investigating a zoo owner who published a series of homophobic remarks about the arrival of equal marriage on Facebook.

David Gill, of the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Dalton, wrote on Saturday: “I’m sorry, but watching the news tonight made me sick…the end is certainly nigh… when nature is twisted and society accepts totally abnormal and anti natural (sic) behaviours in humans….

“Am I on my own feeling so disgusted at same-sex marriage?”

Mr Gill has since deleted the comments and insists he’s not homophobic.

News and Star reports he said: “At the end of the day everybody is entitled to their own view; it wasn’t homophobic and this is ridiculous.

“I have a same-sex couple working for me, and I wouldn’t have that if I was homophobic.

“I’m probably the most tolerant person going, I can’t deal with any racism or anything like that.”

Mr Gill added: “The way I have been brought up, and a lot of other people my age, I believe it is abnormal for a man to marry a man, but that’s just my view. People have different views on a lot of things.

“I could probably have chosen my words better but there was absolutely no malice towards anyone. People don’t think through what they say on Facebook.

“I had just turned on my telly, and thought I didn’t want same-sex marriage in front of my face and in front of my kids.

“I have absolutely no discriminatory views about anybody anywhere.”

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “Officers are looking into the comments Mr Gill has made and threats to him which were all posted on Facebook.

“They are looking at everything that was posted.”