A walrus nicknamed Freya that attracted crowds whereas basking within the solar of the Oslo fjord was euthanised, Norway officers mentioned on Sunday.
“The decision to euthanise was taken on the basis of a global evaluation of the persistent threat to human security,” the pinnacle of Norway’s Fisheries Directorate Frank Bakke-Jensen mentioned in a press release.
“We carefully examined all the possible solutions. We concluded that we could not guarantee the well-being of the animal by any of the means available,” he mentioned.
Officers had beforehand mentioned they have been contemplating euthanasia for the mammal as a result of repeated appeals to the general public to maintain their distance from the younger feminine weighing 600 kilograms (1,300 kilos) had been in useless.
Freya, whose title is a reference to the Norse goddess of magnificence and love, had made headlines since July 17 when she was first noticed within the waters of the Norwegian capital.
Walruses usually dwell within the much more northerly latitudes of the Arctic.
Between lengthy naps — a walrus can sleep as much as 20 hours a day — Freya had been filmed chasing a duck, attacking a swan and, most of the time, dozing on boats struggling to assist her bulk.
Regardless of repeated appeals, curious onlookers continued to strategy her, generally with kids in tow, to take images.
Freya had already been sighted in the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden and selected to spend a part of the summer time in Norway.
Freya first gained notoriety in Norway by climbing onto pleasure boats in Kragero, an idyllic southern coastal village.
The walrus is a protected species that feeds primarily on invertebrates resembling molluscs, shrimps, crabs and small fish.
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