Freya the walrus leads to front page news but Norway | Abroad

A young female walrus named Freya has been dominating the news in Norway for days. The mammal has been enjoying the calm of the Norwegian fjords for a week, but has already damaged several boats with its weight.

Freya has previously been seen in England, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. Now the walrus has chosen to spend part of the summer in Norway. She heard it first when she crawled into the yachts to relax near the southern coastal town of Krajewë. Since June 17, he has been doing the same near the capital Oslo.

The presence of a common mammal in the Arctic has made the front pages of Norwegian newspapers. The famous daily ‘Verdense Gang’ has decided to live-stream all the movements of the walrus on its website. For example, Freya is filmed between naps – a walrus can sleep up to 20 hours a day – chasing ducks or attacking a swan.

Freya has a habit of crawling around on boats and relaxing. © AFP

But Freya also does a lot of damage. She has a habit of crawling on boats to rest, but many ships have already collapsed under the weight of the animal, weighing at least 600 kilograms.
“It’s a shame about the material damage, but how it goes with wild animals in nature,” said Rolf Harald Jensen of the Norwegian Fisheries Directorate. The Norwegian government has not yet responded to proposals to move or kill Freya.

It is recommended to keep your distance and do not go swimming or kayaking near the animal. “A walrus usually poses no danger to humans, as long as you keep a safe distance,” it reads. “But if he’s disturbed by people and can’t get enough rest, he can feel threatened and attacked.”

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