At Katmai National Park and Preserve, the beginning of October can only mean one thing: Fat Bear Week.
To celebrate the beginning of hibernation season for the park’s brown bears, Katmai pits them all against each other on Facebook, asking the internet to vote on which bear they think has gained the most weight since coming out of their last hibernation.
In its fourth year, the competition now has a bracket for people to predict who they think will take home the crown on Fat Bear Tuesday.
Keep scrolling to meet this year’s chubbiest contenders.
October 3 marks Katmai National Park’s 4th Annual Fat Bear Week!
The park regularly posts hilarious photos and videos of the bears that reside in the park on Facebook — like this one of a bear belly-flopping off a waterfall.
You might be asking… what is Fat Bear Week? Well, it’s a joyous celebration of the bears that call the national park home, and of their frankly astounding weight gain over the past few months, which prepares them for hibernation.
In fact, they need to gain the weight, in order to survive — bears can lose up to a third of their body weight during hibernation.
The park would like to make clear that “there’s no fat shaming here.” It’s all love for these bears and their extra junk in the trunk.
According to their website, “In brown bears, large amounts of body fat are indicative of good health and strong chances of survival. The bears need stores of fat to help them survive hibernation, which can last for up to half of the year.”
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