Walrus Costume Could Mean Free Rent

Emma Flint

Donning a walrus costume could mean free rent for anyone looking for lodgings in the UK.

A Brighton resident has posted an unusual advert on Gumtree which has stated that, if the new roommate can fill the shoes (flippers?) of Gregory, a walrus the advertiser befriended while visiting St. Lawrence Island in Alaska, they can have the spare room for free.

In addition to needing to wear the walrus costume, which apparently needs to be handmade but realistic, the new lodger would have to make seal noises, as well as endure having fish and crabs thrown at their face as part of their dinner arrangements; the redeeming aspect of all this is that the walrus impression is only needed two hours everyday.

This then means that the rest of your day can be spent enjoying life as a human being, which seems pretty fair given the circumstances, doesn't it?

It's not like the advert says that you'll have to go out on dates and socialize while still dressed as a walrus; the advertiser understands that you're not Jaden Smith and you'd don't have the confidence to 'dress up' when you go out.

After all, the resident has clearly stated that, after you've fulfilled your 'walrus costume workload', you can then do whatever you want to your heart's content:

"With the exception of this, you will be free to do whatever you choose, and will have a spacious double room, complete run of the house (with the exception of my bedroom and my workshop),"

So as long as you keep this resident happy nothing bad should happen, unlike the strange turn of events that led a 68-year-old man to kill his roomate; if you take this walrus costume gig and it turns out to be more 'serious' than you'd first thought, it's probably best to leave nice and slowly.

Furthermore, the unknown poster continues by saying:

"I am a considerate person to share a house with, and other than playing the accordion my tastes are easy to accommodate."

Whether that disclosure has interested parties at ease it's difficult to say, however, it's still there and is clearly an important part of the resident's life.

Given all that the advert comments on, it would appear that this is a practical joke to see who will actually answer this ad, rather than a genuine request for a walrus costume friendly lodger; however, it would be wrong to judge an advert simply on its initially appearance, for all we know there is someone sat at their computer screen waiting for a response.

Either way, if you have a walrus costume to hand, and happen to be in the neighborhood, why not drop in and see what happens?

[Image via Wikimedia Commons]