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Walrus became a summer attraction – now it has been put to sleep

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The almost 600-kilogram walrus had appeared again and again in the past few weeks in front of the Norwegian capital Oslo, had laid on boats at anchor and developed into a summer attraction. Usually walruses live further north.

The authorities had repeatedly warned onlookers, tourists and residents to keep their distance. The fishing directorate was particularly bothered by the fact that people had jumped into the water with Freya and had come very close to the animal with children on the bank to take photos.

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  • Walrus Freya in action:

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“We weighed all possible options,” said the director of fisheries, Frank Bakke-Jensen, according to a statement. A transfer of the animal had previously been discussed. However, the risks for such an action were too great.

One can understand if the public is now dismayed, said Bakke-Jensen. But although animal welfare is a valuable asset, human life and safety must come first.

In July, the authorities wanted to avoid euthanasia at all costs. “Walruses are wild, protected and Red Listed animals. This means killing is the last option,” a statement said at the time.

  • Wikipedia entry about the walrus

Source: Nachrichten

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