Authorities decided to euthanize the walrus on Sunday local time after people ignored repeated warnings to keep their distance from her. Officials considered relocating the walrus but ultimately decided the operation was too risky. Marine experts say tiny marine mammals are likely to drown.
too many people protested This decision is a national shame. Some questioned why authorities didn’t try to move the walrus to a safer location or wait for it to go away on its own after the summer rush dissipated.
Freya’s death “has a strong negative signal effect that we in Norway, and especially in Oslo, are not able to provide a place for wild animals to live,” the organizers of the fundraiser said. wrote In their appeal.
“By erecting a statue of the icon that Freya quickly became, we will always remind ourselves (and future generations) that we cannot always kill or remove nature while it is ‘in the way,'” he added.
The campaign had raised about $20,000 as of Wednesday, and organizers said several sculptors have expressed interest in building the statue. If the project does not move forward, any donations will go to the Norwegian branch of the World Wildlife Fund, he said.
Officials in Oslo did not immediately respond to questions about whether they had been asked about placing the statue in the city.
Walruses generally live in the ice-covered waters of Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia, and Alaska. are approx 25,000 Atlantic walruses and 200,000 Pacific walruses in the wild. They usually rest on the sea ice between feeding bouts.
However, climate change is driving animals away from their natural habitats. A beluga whale stranded in a river northwest of Paris, far from its home in the Arctic. Died this month Rescuers tried to bring the 13-foot mammal back to shore.
Freya has also been spotted off the coast of several European countries, including Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands, in recent months.
“Sadly, it’s only going to get worse as more of these polar species start to move into different waters,” said Karen Stockin, a marine ecologist at Massey University in New Zealand. New Zealand faces similar challenges in marine mammal management sea lion and leopard seals, which migrate from the Antarctic to the Pacific nation.
“With climate change – our days of having clearer, more defined boundaries between some of these creatures and our own existence are going to diminish. We are going to have more overlap in our communities and our coastal environment. And so, people need to plan for it,” said Stockin, who spent the past few days on the rescue Pods of wild dolphins Stuck on an island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand.
The attention Freya attracted during her time in Oslo – the crowd at the feet of the walrus – showed that more needs to be done to educate people about how to stay safe, marine experts say. Officials released a photo on Sunday of people crowding a pier near the animal.
“You wouldn’t be on the Serengeti and think it’s okay to get up close and personal with a lion,” Stockin said. She said authorities should focus on “people management, not animal management” in cases like Freya’s.
“When something strange happens to marine mammals. People will get closer than any normally sized terrestrial wildlife. It’s nuts,” Stockin said. “And if it’s not adequately managed by the authorities … it hurts the animal itself.”