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Walrus that fell asleep on iceberg and ended up in Ireland now hitchhiking home

Tuesday, April 6th 2021, 3:18 pm - Our friend Wally is at it again.

Back in March a walrus was spotted on the shorelines of western Ireland, believed to have drifted there on an iceberg from the Arctic, possibly after falling asleep.

It's an exceptionally rare occurrence. According to the BBC, citing the Irish Dolphin and Whale Group, it represents the third such sighting in Ireland since 1999.


Reports suggest our walrus friend, nicknamed Wally, has now embarked on the long journey home.

He has been visually identified by local conservationists and has been seen climbing onto passing ships, hitchhiking when he can, and "falling asleep on a slipway intended for lifeboats," LiveScience reports.

He's become somewhat of a tourist attraction but that could pose a problem. Wally isn't used to human attention and experts don't want him getting accustomed to it.

"We understand it's exciting and unusual to have the walrus take up a temporary residence in Tenby, and that over the bank holiday weekend, many people may wish to visit the area in the hope of catching a glimpse of him," officials at the Penbrokeshire Coast in Wales, where Wally has recently been spotted, said in the statement.

"However, it's in his best interests to be left alone as much as possible, so we're asking people to remember he is a wild animal and avoid the temptation to get near to him and disturb him."

That warning goes especially for water recreationists, the organization says.

"We're really concerned to hear reports that some people have tried to get close to him by using jet skis or paddle and surfboards — this really isn't in his best interest and we urge people to act responsibly."

Thumbnail image: File photo courtesy of Pexels.

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