BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Norway have euthanized a walrus that had drawn crowds of spectators within the Oslo Fjord after concluding that it posed a danger to people.
The 600-kilogram (1,320-pound) feminine walrus, identified affectionately as Freya, grew to become a well-liked attraction in Norway in latest weeks, regardless of warnings from officers that folks ought to chorus from getting shut and posing for photos with the huge marine mammal. Freya preferred to clamber on small boats, inflicting harm to them.
Walruses are protected and as lately as final month officers mentioned they hoped Freya would go away of her personal accord and that euthanasia could be a final resort.
Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries mentioned Freya was put down early Sunday “based mostly on an general evaluation of the continued risk to human security.”
“By on-site observations the previous week, it was made clear that the general public has disregarded the present advice to maintain a transparent distance to the walrus,” it mentioned. “Subsequently, the Directorate has concluded, the chance for potential hurt to individuals was excessive and animal welfare was not being maintained.”
The top of the directorate, Frank Bakke-Jensen, mentioned different choices — together with shifting the animal elsewhere — have been thought of. However authorities concluded it wasn’t a viable possibility.
“We now have sympathies for the truth that the choice may cause a response from the general public, however I’m agency that this was the suitable name,” Bakke-Jensen mentioned. “We now have nice regard for animal welfare, however human life and security should take priority.”
Atlantic walruses usually dwell within the Arctic. It’s uncommon however not remarkable for them to journey into the North and Baltic Seas. One other walrus, nicknamed Wally, was seen final yr on seashores and even a lifeboat dock in Wales and elsewhere.