The walrus who rose to fame this yr for her cute stubbornness to sunbathe on docked boats in Norway’s Oslo was euthanised, mentioned officers.
Nicknamed Freya, the walrus was put down because it remained a persistent risk to human safety since individuals have been getting too near her.
“The decision to euthanise was taken on the basis of a global evaluation of the persistent threat to human security,” mentioned an announcement by Frank Bakke-Jensen, head of Norway’s Fisheries Directorate.
“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.
Repeated appeals to the general public to maintain distance from the walrus didn’t work, officers had earlier mentioned, including that individuals have additionally been throwing issues at Freya. They mentioned they have been contemplating euthanising the 600-kg younger feminine if individuals proceed to defy its recommendation.
The walrus had grabbed headlines final month after she was noticed in Oslo waters, at instances seen attacking a swan or sunbathing on docked boats. She had develop into well-known with individuals, generally with kids, making an attempt to get near her to take images.
In addition to Norway, Freya had been noticed within the UK, Denmark and Sweden.
With inputs from AFP