male walrus (O. rosmarus)
wild caught on July 12th, 1608
deceased in 1608
Ancestors and Descendants
No known related animals.
capture 1608-Jul-12 in Bear Island, Norway
transfer 1608-Aug-20 to Palace of Whitehall
death 1608 in London, England
No images available at this time.
Notes and Information
This pup was captured at Cherie Island (now Bear Island) alongside a young female who did not survive the voyage back to England.
I have thus far found two separate accounts of this pup's capture and transport, neither of which state where the pup was permanently housed upon arrival in London, and therefore I have no information on where it died. The only certainty is that the animal was taken to Whitehall Palace and shown to King James I and other dignitaries.
This walrus lived approximately ten weeks once captured.
Hamel, J. (1854). England and Russia, p. 307 (J. S. Leigh, trans.). London, England: Richard Bentley. Retrieved from Google Books.
Purchas, S. (1625). Chap. XIII. In I. Poole. Purchas His Pilgrimes, p. 560. Retrieved from Global Gateway and Early English Books Online