Leave it to Nature to find a way to give us all a much-needed comedic break from the never-ending DC circus.
The Russian fleet has just suffered a tragic loss.
One of their ships was sunk… by an angry walrus.
The good news, that lets us laugh freely at this story in clean conscience, is that nobody was killed or even injured.
It isn’t as though it took down a battleship or anything, but even having a landing craft sunk by an angry animal is a funny story.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the female animal was protecting its calves when it targeted the craft carrying researchers to the shore of Cape Geller in the Arctic.
Those on board were members of a joint expedition by the Northern Fleet — Russia’s naval fleet in the Arctic — and the Russian Geographical Society (RGO).
The ministry said: “Serious troubles were avoided thanks to the clear and well-coordinated actions of the Northern Fleet servicemen, who were able to take the boat away from the animals without harming them.”
The RGO explained in a statement that the boat had “sunk” but confirmed that everyone had reached shore safely.
The organization added: “Recently, we wrote about the risks that accompany expedition members. Wild animals, storms, low temperatures.
“The incident is another confirmation that no one is expecting humans in the Arctic.”
What was a joint venture between Rusian military and scientists doing out in Walrus Country, or more specifically, ‘Franz Josef Land archipelago’?
- Investing local flora and fauna;
- Making glaciological observations;
- Mapping the historical expeditions of nineteenth-century explorers.