Freya the Walrus is put down after becoming popular tourists attraction

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A walrus that has drawn crowds in Oslo has been euthanized by Norwegian authorities over fears it poses a risk to humans.

The 600kg female, affectionately known as Freya, has become a popular attraction in Norway in recent weeks, despite officials warning against approaching the giant marine mammal and posing for photos.

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Freya liked to climb on small boats and harm them.

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What mischief did Freya get up to?

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In a PBS report, Freya was described as having “launched a thousand tweets.”

The 600 kg walrus enjoyed “sunbathing, seafood and crushing sea vessels”.

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She had become a real tourist attraction since her arrival in Oslo, but she had also wreaked havoc.

Freya liked to climb on small boats, but unfortunately, due to her size and strength, she often damaged them.

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Officials were forced to warn people not to approach Freya as she posed a risk to people.

Rune Aae of South-Eastern University said: “She’s really fat. And she has plenty of food in the area. She eats scallops, mussels, so there is no problem with feeding. She’s from Svalbard and I reckon she wants to go back to her herd.’

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Why was Freya put to sleep?

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries said Freya was struck down early Sunday “based on an overall assessment of the ongoing threat to human security”.

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“Observations at the scene over the past week have shown that the public has disregarded the current recommendation to keep a clear distance from the walrus,” a spokesman said.

“Therefore, Management has concluded that the possibility of potential harm to humans was high and animal welfare was not being upheld.”

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A young female walrus nicknamed Freya rests on a boat in Frognerkilen, Oslofjord, Norway on July 19, 2022. – For a week, a young female walrus nicknamed Freya has made Norwegians enamored by basking in the Oslofjord sun splashing in the media and bending a few boats. – Norway OUT (Photo by Tor Erik Schröder / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by TOR ERIK SCHRDER/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)

Have other options been considered?

Walruses are being protected and as recently as last month officials said they hoped Freya would go of her own accord and that euthanasia would be the last resort.

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Directorate head Frank Bakke-Jensen said other options – including moving the animal elsewhere – were being considered, but authorities concluded it was not a viable option.

“We understand that the decision may provoke reactions from the public, but I firmly believe that this was the right decision,” said Mr. Bakke-Jensen. “We place great importance on animal welfare, but human lives and safety must come first.”

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Atlantic walruses typically live in the Arctic. It is unusual, but not uncommon, for them to travel to the North and Baltic Seas.

How did Freya get her name?

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The 600 kg walrus was named after Freyja, who was one of the gods in the Norse pantheon.

She has been associated with love, beauty, fertility, sex, war, gold and sight (seiðr).

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How heavy can walruses get?

Freya the walrus, not the god, was known for her size.

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She ended up weighing 600 kg, which was one of the reasons she damaged boats.

However, adult male walruses can reach even larger sizes and weights.

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In the Pacific, walruses can weigh up to 2,000 kg.

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