Walrus, who became Norway’s summer star, is sacrificed: “There was no solution”

Walrus, who became Norway’s summer star, is sacrificed: “There was no solution”

The animal was known for its weight of 600 kilos and became a tourist attraction in the country; Authorities said the decision was made to protect “human security”.

NTB/Trond Reidar Teigen via Portal ATTENTION EDITORSFreya Walrus
Freya walrus climbs on a boat in Frognerkilen Bay in Oslo, Norway

Freya, a walrus who became the star of the summer Norway After settling in the Oslofjord, she was euthanized, officials said in a statement on Sunday, heads of the Norwegian Fisheries Agency. Although authorities say the walrus poses no threat to humans, it can attack if it feels threatened. A few days ago, authorities had already discussed the possibility of euthanizing the 600kilogram mammal after pleas to stop people from visiting it were unsuccessful. “We have studied all possible solutions in detail and have come to the conclusion that we cannot guarantee the welfare of the animal in any way,” he added. The walrus Freya (named after a goddess of love and beauty from Norse mythology) was first sighted in the Norwegian capital’s fjord on July 17 and has since become an attraction for spectators. Walruses, a protected species that feed primarily on invertebrates such as mollusks, shrimp, crabs, and small fish, typically live in the northern latitudes of the Arctic.

*With information from AFP