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Freya the walrus is put down over concerns for public safety in Norway: 1,300lb mammal euthanised

Freya the walrus is brought down over public safety concerns in Norway: Huge 1,300-pound animal is euthanized over ‘potential harm to people’ after crowds swam with ‘stressed’ animal and lured it to shore for selfies

  • Beloved marine mammal Freya became a local celebrity when she first came to Oslo
  • She was filmed by adoring Norwegians chasing a duck and sleeping 20 hours a day
  • But despite warnings that she could be euthanized, the public continued to swarm
  • That put people at risk, the fisheries director said, confirming a humane murder

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Norway’s beloved Freya the walrus has been put down because she posed “an ongoing threat to human security,” officials have confirmed.

Freya won the hearts of the public by basking in the sun of the Oslo fjord, climbing in boats and getting close to tourists.

But despite repeated calls to the public to keep their distance from Freya — a young woman weighing 1,300 pounds — the mammal continued to draw large crowds.

Walruses rarely attack humans, but they are certainly strong enough to pose a threat.

Fisheries Director Frank Bakke-Jensen said: “Observations on the ground over the past week made it clear that the public has ignored the current recommendation to keep a clear distance from the walrus.

Freya became an instant hit when she first appeared in the waters off Oslo (image from July)

Freya became an instant hit when she first appeared in the waters off Oslo (image from July)

Fisheries director Frank Bakke-Jensen confirmed that Freya was humanely killed

Fisheries director Frank Bakke-Jensen confirmed that Freya was humanely killed

Fisheries director Frank Bakke-Jensen confirmed that Freya was humanely killed

In between long naps — a walrus can sleep up to 20 hours a day — Freya was filmed chasing a duck

In between long naps — a walrus can sleep up to 20 hours a day — Freya was filmed chasing a duck

In between long naps — a walrus can sleep up to 20 hours a day — Freya was filmed chasing a duck

‘That is why the management concluded that the risk of possible harm to people was high and that animal welfare was not being maintained.

‘We have carefully considered all possible solutions. We came to the conclusion that we could not guarantee the welfare of the animals with any of the available resources.

‘We attach great importance to animal welfare, but human lives and safety must come first.

‘The operation was carried out in a humane manner.’

Freya, whose name is a reference to the Norse goddess of beauty and love, has been making headlines since July 17, when she was first spotted in the waters of the Norwegian capital.

The Directorate has uploaded this image of irresponsible Norwegians endangering themselves

The Directorate has uploaded this image of irresponsible Norwegians endangering themselves

The Directorate has uploaded this image of irresponsible Norwegians endangering themselves

In 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 weight.

Despite the recommendations, some curious onlookers continued to approach her, sometimes with children in tow, to take photos.

The management warned on Friday: ‘The fact that the walrus has become an attraction escalates the need for further measures. Our biggest fear is that people could get hurt…

‘We are now investigating other measures and euthanasia can be a real alternative.’

Freya repeatedly climbed into boats because they were strong enough to support her while she slept

Freya repeatedly climbed into boats because they were strong enough to support her while she slept

Freya repeatedly climbed into boats because they were strong enough to support her while she slept

Walruses normally live in the more northerly latitudes of the Arctic.

Her health has clearly deteriorated. The walrus is not getting enough rest and the experts we consulted now suspect that the animal is stressed,” Jdaini said.

A protected species, walruses normally eat mollusks, small fish, shrimp and crabs.

While they don’t normally attack people, authorities say they can if they feel threatened.

In 2016, a walrus killed a man in a Chinese zoo while he was taking photos.

Businessman Jia Lijun had visited the park alone and was making videos and photos to post on his social media account when the walrus, which reportedly weighed nearly 1.5 tons, grabbed him from behind.

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