Walrus Wanders Into Harbor, Masturbates, Falls Asleep, Ruins New Year’s Fireworks

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New Year’s fireworks celebrations were called off in a seaside Yorkshire town in the United Kingdom Saturday after a walrus decided to take a breather on the harbor’s slipway.

The walrus, nicknamed “Thor” wandered into the Scarborough harbor on Friday afternoon seeking what wildlife experts believe was a rest on the mammal’s journey north, Sky News reported.  As Thor continued to stay put, the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) advised city officials to cancel the festivities over fear that the loud sounds and bright lights could “cause distress to the mammal,” the outlet continued.

“We welcome the decision to call off the fireworks but understand that some people will be disappointed the display isn’t going ahead,”Chris Cook, from the BDMLR stated per BBC News. “It is extremely rare that an Arctic walrus should come ashore on the Yorkshire coast. The creature needs time to rest and recuperate before it continues its journey.”

That’s not all the walrus has been doing during his stay in Yorkshire.

Curious on-lookers have revealed that Thor has been enjoying some fireworks of his own making during his stint in Scarborough with the hashtag #wankingwalrus making the rounds on social media.

Geoff Edmond, an inspector for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), encouraged those spectators to gawk at Thor’s hammer from a respectful distance. “We understand it’s exciting and unusual to have the walrus take up a temporary residence, 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,” Sky News reported. (RELATED: Curiosity Killed The Walrus: This Animal Didn’t Have To Die)

“We would also remind everyone that the walrus is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, and so disturbing the animal may constitute an offense,” he added.