Freya the walrus euthanized after disturbing the crowd in the Oslo Fjord | marine life
A walrus nicknamed Freya that drew crowds while basking in the sun in the Oslo Fjord has been euthanized.
“The decision to euthanize was made based on an overall assessment of the continuing threat to human security,” Norwegian Fisheries Chief Frank Bakke-Jensen said in a statement.
“We have carefully considered all possible solutions. We concluded that we could not guarantee the welfare of the animal by any means available,” he said.
Officials had previously said they were considering euthanasia because repeated pleas to the public to keep their distance from the 600kg (1,300lb) young woman had been unsuccessful.
Freya, whose name refers to the Norse goddess of beauty and love, has been in the headlines since July 17, when she was first spotted in the waters off the Norwegian capital.
Walruses normally live in the even more northern latitudes of the Arctic.
Between long naps – a walrus can sleep up to 20 hours a day – Freya has been filmed chasing a duck, attacking a swan and, more often than not, dozing on boats struggling to support her bulk.
Despite repeated calls, onlookers continued to approach him, sometimes accompanied by children, to take pictures.
Freya had previously been spotted in the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden and chose to spend part of the summer in Norway.
Freya first gained notoriety in Norway by riding pleasure boats in Kragerø, an idyllic coastal village in the south.
The walrus is a protected species that feeds mainly on invertebrates such as molluscs, shrimps, crabs and small fish.