Authorities fear Freya’s health is declining amid criticism of the viewing public’s ‘reckless behaviour’
A beloved 700kg walrus lounging away her summer in Oslo Harbour may have to be euthanised over fears she could pose a serious danger to sightseers.
But despite calls to the public to keep their distance from her, crowds desperate to catch a glimpse of Freya’s fjord-side siestas continue to throng, according to the fisheries directorate.
Alongside releasing a photograph of Freya surrounded by a pack of fans armed with cameras, a spokesperson for the agency added: “The public’s reckless behaviour and failure to follow authorities’ recommendations could put lives in danger.
“We are now exploring other measures, and euthanasia may be a real alternative,” Nadia Jdaini continued.
“Her health has clearly declined,”她继续说. “The walrus is not getting enough rest and the experts we have consulted now suspect that the animal is stressed.”
Freya shot to media stardom after she was first spotted far from her native arctic dozing on the waterfront at Frognerstranda in the Norweigan capital on 17 七月.
Though unpopular among seafarers for her launching at and sometimes submerging of their vessels, the sizeable “water queen” – as dubbed by TV host John Oliver – is the subject of unbridled online adoration.
Images and videos of the amply-moustachioed Freya hauling her substantial paunch on to the boats have flooded Twitter amid concern the unrelenting crowds could be her undoing, with many users urging people to leave the snoozing mammal alone.
“This is why we’re not allowed nice things. Step away from the walrus Norway,”一个人写道.
另一个补充: “What a ridiculous situation that this poor animal is threatened with being shot simply because us humans aren’t prepared to give it space and leave it alone!”
When it comes to sleeping, walruses can snooze for about 20 一天几小时.
They also tend to feed at the bottom of shallow waters, eating molluscs and sea cucumbers, and are rarely aggressive unless distressed or protecting their young.