/ 04 October 2023

Battle of the big bears


It’s time to get your chonk on… It’s the best week of the year, with Fat Bear Week giving members of the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite ludicrously capacious brown bear in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve. After avoiding a near-disaster of a US government shutdown, the competition kicks off today – and there are 12 portly mammals competing for the title after stuffing their faces with salmon ahead of their winter hibernation. Two-time champ and last year’s winner 747 is back for another shot at the crown, as is 4-time winner Otis, the blonde and beautiful Holly, and Chunk the Hunk. And Grazer is the aptly-named fan favourite this year, along with newcomers including Fat Bear Junior winner 806 Jr. The winner will be announced mid-next week – but until then, you can enjoy some salmon-bingeing action here. May the best bodacious bear win…

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