Walrus on Irish coast to get a 'floating couch' after sinking boats

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Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in Ireland said a walrus that has spent the last few weeks cruising along the country's coast will soon have a "floating couch" to stop him from sinking boats.

The walrus, dubbed Wally, was first spotted off the coast of Kerry in March and for the past couple weeks has been spotted frequently along the southeastern and southern coast of Ireland.


Wally has been spotted resting in parked boats along the coast, and has sank at least two of the vessels, Seal Rescue Ireland said.

SRI officials put out a call for a pontoon to be used as a dedicated resting spot for Wally to keep him from damaging more boats, and Melanie Croce, the group's executive director, said a pontoon has now been secured.

The pontoon has three raised sides, making it resemble a "floating couch," Croce told the Irish Examiner.

Croce said SRI is now tracking Wally's movements to determine the best placement for his resting pontoon.

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