HELSINKI — A walrus that grew to become a world superstar final yr after it was seen frolicking and basking in a Oslo fjord earlier than it was euthanized by the authorities has been honored with a bronze sculpture in Norway.
The life-size sculpture by Norwegian artist Astri Tonoian was unveiled Saturday on the Oslo marina not removed from the place the place the precise 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) mammal was seen resting and stress-free through the summer time of 2022.
The walrus, named Freya, rapidly develop into a well-liked attraction amongst Oslo residents however Norwegian authorities later decided to euthanize it — inflicting public outrage — as a result of they stated individuals hadn’t adopted suggestions to maintain a secure distance away from the huge animal.
Norwegian information company NTB stated a crowdfunding marketing campaign was kicked off final fall to finance the sculpture. The personal initiative managed to collect about 270,000 Norwegian kroner ($25,000) by October, NTB stated.