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Norway Puts Down Freya the Walrus That Drew Oslo Crowds

Freya the walrus. 

Freya the walrus. 

Photographer: Tor Erik Schrdr/AFP/Getty Images

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Berlin (AP) -- Authorities in Norway have euthanized a walrus that had drawn crowds of spectators in the Oslo Fjord after concluding that it posed a risk to humans.

The 600-kilogram (1,320-pound) female walrus, known affectionately as Freya, became a popular attraction in Norway in recent weeks, despite warnings from officials that people should refrain from getting close and posing for pictures with the massive marine mammal. Freya liked to clamber on small boats, causing damage to them.