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Walrus’ skeleton to be preserved in museum

The skeleton of the popular but unpredictable walrus that was shot and killed in the Oslo Fjord this summer will join the collections at Norway’s Museum of Natural History in Oslo. State officials concluded that the walrus named Freya had to be destroyed because the public wouldn’t leave her in peace and she thus posed a hazard.

After Norway’s veterinary institute performed an autopsy of the walrus, the museum took contact to discuss use of her skeleton. The museum has Norway’s largest collection of objects of natural historic interest and could be useful for various research projects.

Freya’s skeleton won’t be put on display but will be made available for research and wildlife management. “The walrus is a species on the list of those from which we have little material,” Kjetil Lysne Voje of the museum told news bureau NTB. “When a walrus is put to death in the Oslo Fjord, it’s natural for us to want to include its skeleton and cell samples from the animal in our collections.” staff



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