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Walrus in Norway has been euthanised because people couldn't stay away from her

Rachel Lang

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Walrus in Norway has been euthanised because people couldn't stay away from her

Featured Image Credit: Fiskeridirektoratet.

A walrus who made a name for herself by living her best life in Norway has been put down amid fears she would endanger the public.

The 600 kilogram walrus, nicknamed Freya, made headlines recently after she made a habit of clambering into boats at the Oslo Fjord and accidentally sinking them as she sunbaked.

As well as being the ultimate pin-up girl for body positivity (whoever said summer bodies were made in winter?), Freya became a popular attraction for tourists in Oslo.

Oslo residents had been warned not to get too close to the massive marine mammal.

However, those warnings were ignored.

According to the BBC, Oslo Police were forced to block off a bathing area after our chonky goddess chased a woman into the water.

Norway's fisheries ministry released a photo last week of a large group of people, including children, that were standing close enough to touch the gigantic animal.

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Government officials had assumed Freya would eventually make her foray back into the sea, but, due to the bold behaviour of the public, the decision was made to euthanise mighty Freya.

Norway's Directorate of Fisheries Frank Bakke-Jensen revealed to local news reporters that authorities were left with no choice after multiple instances of people disregarding safety advice to keep their in relation to the glorious gargantua.

"Through on-site observations the past week it was made clear that the public has disregarded the current recommendation to keep a clear distance to the walrus," Bakke-Jensen said, as per a media release.

"We concluded that we could not ensure the animal's welfare through any means available."

Bakke-Jensen added: "We have great regard for animal welfare, but human life and safety must take precedence.

"The operation was conducted in a humane fashion."

Freya was named after the Norse goddess of beauty and love.

In a fitting tribute to the incredible queen of Oslo who lived her absolute best, boat-ruining life, people around the world have taken to social media to remember her.

Tributes of 'RIP Freya' have found their way online across the Directorate of Fisheries social media accounts.

Freya was initially spotted in Oslo on June 17, and spent her final days chasing a duck and attacking a swan before trying (and failing) to use local sailboats as hammocks, making international headlines in the process.

Rest easy, big gal.

Topics: Animals, News

Rachel Lang
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