After taking up residence in Norway harbours and hauling her 680kg self up to lounge on boats, a walrus named Freya has gained both fans and detractors.
As German broadcaster Deutsche Welle stated in a video shot in June, this has been a problem for boats that are not walrus-worthy.
Boat owners told the news outlet that Freya should be removed.
Many people, on the other hand, have had the opposite reaction to Freya’s antics, flocking to the harbour to see the tusked icon in action. Unfortunately, she has found both types of attention to be stressful and overwhelming.
Rune Aae, a walrus expert, told the Norwegian news agency NTB:
She doesn’t get any peace.
Aae, a researcher at the University of South-Eastern Norway, said he saw TV news crews in their boats getting too close to Freya, hedging her in so she couldn’t escape. Furthermore, harbour officials have been following her and spraying her with a hose to keep her away from boats. The following are new:
She needs to relax for up to 20 hours. When she is constantly stressed out by people and their presence, it is not good for her.
Aae suggested that the area around Freya be sealed off to keep people away from her.