Oslo, Norway – Earlier this month, government officials in Norway made the decision to “euthanize” a walrus who had endeared herself to tourists. Her name was Freya and she gained popularity in the Oslo Fjord thanks to her endearing antics with boats.
Freya weighed in over 1300 pounds and her daunting weight nearly sank boats that she would climb aboard for naps.
But Freya’s popularity led to her demise. Tourists refused to stay away from her and officials worried that someone would eventually get hurt. The one who paid with her life was Freya – she was shot and killed rather than relocated. Ironically, officials did not want to sedate her for transport because they were worried that she might get hurt.
ICYMI: Freya, the 600-kg walrus, has taken up residence in Norway's capital city of Oslo, capturing the hearts of locals while basking in the sun. pic.twitter.com/ZeJVIrpylc
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The decision to kill the beloved walrus did not sit well with many people. Rune Aae, a University of South-Eastern Norway biologist commented on Freya’s demise in a public Facebook post:
“Freya had sooner or later gotten out of the Oslo Fjord, which all previous experience has shown, so killing her was, in my view, completely unnecessary, and another example of a trigger-happy gun management—for which Norway is already well known. Norway is the country that killed Freya after being around for over two years around the entire North Sea. What a shame!”
People who loved Freya have been raising funds for a statue to memorialize her; nearly $25,000 has been raised so far.
Though countless people are heartbroken that Freya is gone, the officials who decided that she had to be killed are standing by their decision – citing human safety as the driving force for “euthanizing” her.
Rest in peace Freya.
Freya the walrus was spotted off the coast of Oslo, Norway, where she was filmed filling up a boat with water in order to use its bilge pump as a shower.
Freya has become a local celebrity in European waters because of her inclination to get into hijinks with human vessels. 😆 pic.twitter.com/GC2ubUEjc5
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 31, 2022