Welcome to Fats Bear Week at Mashable! Every fall, Katmai Nationwide Park holds a contest as Alaska’s brown bears end fattening up for his or her lengthy winter hibernation. This 12 months, Mashable is getting in on the salmon-munching motion. Test again with us all week as we observe the fats bear face-offs every day, and keep in mind to get your votes in for every spherical. Joyful fishing!
Fats bear aficionados, it is time to meet your remaining 4.
In an upset that will not quickly be forgotten, Bear 32 Chunk took down probably the most dominant bear on the river this summer time, Bear 856. Bear 856’s fats simply could not minimize it.
In Saturday’s second matchup, Bear 747 — a beloved fats bear by watchers of the river’s drama — additionally superior to the ultimate 4 beating out the smaller, Bear 719.
The week’s mayhem has been resulting in this primary matchup of the ultimate 4 between two massive beauties of the Brooks River: Divot and Beadnose.
Divot is most identified for the time she was rescued by Katmai Nationwide Park rangers after she was caught in a snare some years in the past. You possibly can nonetheless see the mark left by that snare within the type of a scar round her neck.
Beadnose is now a full-fledged web movie star after a photograph of her sitting on the river financial institution in all her fats glory was shared on Twitter alongside a picture of her extra svelte self from earlier in the summertime.
“Fats is an indication of a profitable bear and these bears want sufficient to outlive as much as six months of hibernation,” Katmai wrote on its Fb web page opening up the voting.
“On this spherical: metabolic magician 409 Beadnose goes up in opposition to no stranger to the gallery of energy, 854 Divot. Whose salmon-sourced cellulite supersedes?”
You possibly can vote for whichever bear you assume has fattened up probably the most on Katmai’s Fb web page by hitting the “Like” button on the bear you assume is most deserving of the primary spot within the remaining. Voting will stay open till 10:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Beadnose or Divot will then go on to face both Bear 747 or Chunk, relying on the outcomes of their match on Monday.
Whereas Fats Bear Week is enjoyable and video games for everybody watching, it is actually a matter of life and dying for the bears themselves.
Brown bears fatten up throughout Alaska’s summer time months with a view to make it via hibernation throughout the lengthy, darkish, and chilly winters.
The fattest bears have the most effective likelihood of residing off these fats shops — constructed of calorie dense salmon — and rising comparatively unscathed because the seasons change once more.