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Freya the celebrity walrus honoured with life-size sculpture after mammal was put down

A life-size statue has been created to honour a 600kg walrus who gained worldwide fame for her antics on the Oslo Fjord, before she was put down.

Freya is named after the Norse Goddess of Beauty and Love. She became a popular attraction after she clambered on small boats and sunbathed, then sank them while she rested along Norway’s coast last summer.

was euthanised after she became a threat to humans.

Picture: Rune Aae, walrus expert and Erik Holm, campaign organizer unveil the sculpture. Photo: AP
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Fans were warned to stay away from the 1,300lb animal, and it was expected that she would eventually leave on her own.


Authorities said that people did not follow the advice to stay a safe distance from this massive animal.

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries stated that there were signs of people bathing alongside the walrus and taking pictures near her edge of water.

A bronze statue of Freya was unveiled in the Oslo Marina, not far from the place where she was spotted relaxing during summer 2022.

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According to the NTB News Agency, Astri Tonoian is a Norwegian artist who created this piece. It was funded by a crowd-funding campaign that began in autumn last year.

NTB reported that the private initiative raised approximately 270,000 Norwegian Kroner (PS20.200) in October.

Image: Pic: Trond Reidar Teigen/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
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The Blue Planet Society stated that Norway’s decision to kill Freya “was absolutely wrong”.

Image: Picture: Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries

Frank Bakke Jensen, the head of the Directorate of Fisheries at the time, stated that there were other options for Freya. This included moving her to a different place.

It was determined that this was not an option.

Walruses, a protected species, live in large herds and are usually found in the Arctic or further north.

Freya’s stress was thought to be due to her lack of sleep, not just because she was far away from home.


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