Due to his surprise appearance, wildlife charity British Divers Marine Life Association advised Scarborough Council to cancel its planned fireworks display in order to avoid distressing the animal.
\u201cWelcome to Scarborough \u2018Thor\u2019 the Walrus. This is incredibly rare for the UK and never seen before locally. Please respect the cordons in place & keep noise to a minimum say British Divers Marine Life Rescue\u2026\u201d
— This is the Coast - Local Radio for the Coast (@This is the Coast - Local Radio for the Coast)
The council said it was ‘disappointed’ by the situation but said that Thor’s safety ‘took precedence’.
Only, the animal then took off after resting for a few days and swam into the sea before midnight – meaning that the town could have held its fireworks display after all.
Resident Richard Coulson, 51, told the PA news agency about seeing the animal: “I live just round the corner from where it actually is and the traffic up and down our road – it’s just like a summer’s day, it really is absolutely teeming with cars and people. It’s amazing how much attention it’s brought.
“It’s been well protected – it’s been cordoned off so you can’t get within 20 feet of it.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen one. It’s huge. We see seals quite regularly round Scarborough coastline but something of that size, it’s enormous.
“You respect nature when you see something of that size. Its tusks are bigger than my arms.”
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