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Norway warns of the euthanasia of the famous Wallros Freya if the masses do not stay away |  Abroad

Norway warns of the euthanasia of the famous Wallros Freya if the masses do not stay away | Abroad

Norwegian authorities say they are considering putting the beloved walrus to sleep due to the danger to spectators and the animal itself. The Fisheries Agency said that despite repeated calls for the public to stay away from walruses, the mammals still attracted large crowds.

Freya, named after the Norse goddess of beauty and love, has been making headlines since late last year, when she took a rest on a Dutch Navy submarine. Freya has since captured many hearts when she sunbathed on several yachts with her full 600kg weight. Walruses usually live in the Arctic, but Freya doesn’t seem to be leaving any time soon.

The Norwegian Fisheries Agency released a photo of a group of onlookers crowding near the animal. “The reckless behavior of the public and failure to follow the recommendations of the authorities may put lives at risk,” said Nadia Al-Jadaini, a spokeswoman for the Fisheries Authority. “We are now investigating different procedures, and euthanasia could be a real alternative.”

Freya is located on a pier in Norway. © AFP

Between long naps – walruses can sleep for up to 20 hours a day – Freya has been filmed chasing a duck, attacking a swan, and sleeping on boats struggling to sustain her size. Photos of her climbing aboard the naval ships sparked a wave of admiration on Twitter. “Seeing a walrus on land is like watching a cow in a sleeping bag,” the marine biologist wrote on Twitter.

“She’s tense”

Fearing the euthanasia of walruses, many urged tourists and photographers to follow the advice of the authorities and leave Freya alone. Despite the recommendations, some curious onlookers continued to approach her, sometimes with children, to take pictures.

“Her health has clearly deteriorated,” Al-Jedini said. “The walrus is not getting enough rest and the experts we have consulted now suspect that the animal is under stress.” The walrus, a protected species, usually eats mollusks, small fish, shrimp, and crabs. Authorities said they don’t usually attack people, but they can if they feel threatened.

Freya is resting in a boat on the Norwegian coast.

Freya is resting in a boat on the Norwegian coast. © Twitter / Wild Geers

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