Oct 6, 2021

Fat Bear Week: 480 Otis crowned chunkiest boy in Alaska

Polls have closed in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve, and the fattest bear of the year is... 480 Otis, a three-time champion of chonk. A dozen of the largest brown bears on Earth faced off during Fat Bear Week, an annual battle of bulk that rewards their pre-winter-hibernation gains. On Fat Bear Tuesday, the final round of the weeklong contest, the plump pro soundly defeated 151 Walker by over 6,000 votes. Image source, NPS. The bears of Katmai are skinny over the summer, but ahead of the winter months, they make their way down to Brooks River, which runs through the park, and gorge on one of the largest and healthiest runs of sockeye salmon in the world. For the first time this year, four baby bears faced off in a warm-up contest last month to crown Fat Bear Jr.A freshman - 132's Spring Cub - topped the other chubby cherubs to win his first championship.

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