NORWAY’S fisheries directorate has announced that it has put down a 600kg walrus which has been disporting itself in harbours and beaches close to Oslo city centre for the past month. It has been persistently followed by crowds looking for good Instagram images.

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The police have warned folk to keep away, but to no avail. Walruses are very rare visitors to eastern Norway, maybe once in every ten years or so. Clearly Norway has no room for such beasts, as its fisheries directorate had it put down in the interests of the public’s health and safety.

This will not improve Norway’s international reputation, already damaged by its attitude to whales and from its determined efforts to eradicate the tiny wolf population.

Mike Fergus