The animal, of a protected species, has settled in the Oslo Fjord, especially in the port facilities. He was shot a few days ago by the authorities to protect passersby. A decision that made headlines in the country.
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He became a symbol. A collection of donations made it possible to raise more than 20,000 euros on Wednesday 17 August to erect a statue in honor of the walrus Freya, who became a star of the Oslo fjord this summer, but was shot down on behalf of the authorities. the protection of passers-by on 14 August. An online donation campaign has been launched to raise 200,000 kroner (20,300 euros) to erect a statue in the likeness of the mammal. By Wednesday afternoon, this goal had been exceeded with more than 206,000 kroner collected.
The decision to kill the 600 kilogram young female, of a protected species, made waves in Norway, where this walrus conquered the c.eyesurs by climbing onto boats to snooze there, even if it means damaging them. The controversy also spread beyond the borders of the Norwegian kingdom.
“By erecting a statue of the symbol that Freya has become in a short time, we will remind ourselves (and future generations) that we cannot and must not kill or erase nature when it is ‘in our way’ .”Erik Holm, Norwegian fundraising promoter
on the Norwegian website Spleis.no
“The culling of Freya sends extremely negative signals that Norway, and Oslo in particular, is unable to make room for wild animals.”explains the Norwegian promoter of the collection, Erik Holm, on the Norwegian website Spleis.no.
The walrus, which feeds mainly on invertebrates such as molluscs, shrimps, crabs and small fish, does not usually attack humans, but can react aggressively if threatened.