BERLIN — Norwegian authorities have euthanized a walrus that attracted a lot of guests to the Oslo Fjord after concluding that it posed a hazard to people.
A 600-kilogram feminine walrus, affectionately often known as Freya, has been a preferred attraction in Norway in latest weeks. Freya likes to climb on small boats and injury her boat.
The walrus is in custody, and officers mentioned final month they needed Freya to go away voluntarily, with euthanasia being a final resort.
The Norwegian Fisheries Authority mentioned Freya was disposed of early Sunday morning “based mostly on an total evaluation of the persevering with menace to human security”.
“Final week’s subject observations revealed that the general public is ignoring present suggestions to maintain a transparent distance from walruses.” We concluded that animal welfare will not be maintained as a result of excessive animal welfare.”
Director Frank Bakke Jensen mentioned different choices have been being thought-about, together with transferring the animals to a different location. However officers have concluded that isn’t a viable choice.
“Whereas we sympathize with the truth that this determination might provoke public reactions, we’re assured that it was the precise determination,” Bakke-Jensen mentioned. “We respect animal welfare, however human life and security should come first.”
Atlantic walruses sometimes stay within the Arctic. Their voyages to the North and Baltic Seas aren’t unusual, however not extraordinary. One other walrus, referred to as Wally, was seen final 12 months on seashores and even lifeboat docks in Wales and elsewhere.