Parents looking to capture a photo of their child at one of Norway's most popular tourist destinations may have gone too far.
Pulpit Rock, a 1,982 foot tall, flat-topped cliff, offers tourists and hikers spectacular views of Lysefjord in Norway. The cliff does not have any fences or other protective barriers in place. However, the question about whether or not there should be was recently brought to light by a photo posted to social media.
The photo in question shows a small, crawling baby near the edge of the cliff with the nearest adult several steps away. The photo immediately caused outrage online.
Anyone who has ever spent any time around small children knows that they are unpredictable in their movements. It would not have taken much for the baby in the photo to crawl towards the edge before the parents could react.
Hiker Fred Sirevåg snapped the photo of the situation when he became nervous at the baby's proximity to the edge of the cliff. He began to make his way down to the rock to warn the parents, but they had left before he could reach them.
"I think they put the baby into a great risk. A baby can easily tip around and it's really unpredictable and you never know when that will happen. If the baby fell away from the mommy I don't know if she could have caught the baby, said Sirevåg according to GrindTV.
Despite the controversy, there are no plans to build a fence on Pulpit Rock according to the general manager of theStavanger Tourist Association, which is in charge of the area.
"We cannot put up signs telling that parents should not put their children down near the edge," he said, according to GrindTV. "Nor do I think we should put up fences and secure the area. That would spoil the experience."
In my opinion, fences and other such barriers should never become a fixture at the natural areas that could pose a danger to visitors. A huge part of visiting these areas is to enjoy the natural beauty that is a part of the world and an ugly, manmade object would only become an eyesore. The barriers would also not prevent people eager for a great photo or view from simply bypassing them and putting themselves in danger along the way.
Although a warning sign may be prudent for some areas, it is simply a case of each visitor taking it upon themselves to stay in a safe position while enjoying these types of areas.
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