A 600kg walrus which discovered international fame for her antics within the Oslo fjord earlier than being put down has been honoured with a life-size sculpture.
Freya, named after the Norse goddess of magnificence and love, grew to become a preferred attraction in Norway after she clambered onto small boats to sunbathe and sunk them as she rested alongside the coast final summer season.
However in a transfer which sparked public outrage, she was later euthanised resulting from fears she posed a threat to people.
Followers had been warned to not get too near the 1,300lb mammal, and it was hoped she would ultimately go away of her personal accord.
Nonetheless, authorities mentioned folks had not adopted suggestions to maintain a protected distance away from the large animal.
Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries mentioned there was evidence of people having thrown things at the walrus, bathed alongside her, and brought footage close to the sting of the water near her.
Now a bronze sculpture of Freya has been unveiled on the Oslo marina – not removed from the place she was seen stress-free in the course of the summer season months of 2022.
The piece was created by Norwegian artist Astri Tonoian and was financed after a crowdfunding marketing campaign started final autumn, reported the NTB information company.
The non-public initiative had raised about 270,000 Norwegian kroner (£20,200) by October, NTB mentioned.
After Freya was put down, the Blue Planet Society mentioned that “by any measure, killing Freya was completely the flawed choice by Norway”.
The top of the Directorate of Fisheries, Frank Bakke-Jensen, mentioned on the time that different choices had been thought of for Freya, together with transferring her to a different place.
Nevertheless it was determined that was not a viable choice.
Walruses are a protected species and usually reside in herds within the Arctic, additional north.
It was thought that, in addition to being removed from her ordinary habitat, Freya was additionally careworn as a result of she was not getting sufficient relaxation.