Freya the walrus still moves people in Norway even after her death. According to Norwegian broadcaster TV 2, a Norwegian has started a private fundraising campaign to fund a statue for the animal. Yesterday afternoon, almost 60,000 crowns (about 6,070 euros) had already been raised.
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Fisheries management euthanized the animal “for safety reasons”. As a result, the fisheries director and his wife said they received death threats.
The walrus, which weighs nearly 600 kilograms, has appeared repeatedly in Oslo in recent weeks, has settled on moored boats and has become a summer attraction. However, despite repeated warnings from authorities, onlookers jumped into the water for the animal or got too close to it with children on the shore to take pictures. More recently, the Fisheries Directorate assessed the security risk as too great.