After exhibiting her new winter body to the world at Katmai National Park and Preserve last week, one of the park’s chubby Fat Bear Week contenders – Otis, 480 bear – has been crowned this year’s winner. Tuesday.
Park service tweeted the announcement at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“The people have spoken! The portly paunchy patriarch kept to pulverize the Baron of Beardonkadon in the final match of #FatBearWeek 2021, ”the tweet said. “480 Otis can now boast a host of better ones with this fourth first place. As we celebrate, like a true champion, 480 is still eating. ”
According to the park service, Otis was between 4 and 6 years old when he was first discovered in Katmai in 2001, making him one of the oldest bears in the group.
The big bear has two missing canines and a drooping right ear, but his patience while fishing – not wasting his energy hunting salmon like many of his counterparts – has proven to be a success in his journey to the Fat Bear celebrity, the park service said. Otis won gold in 2014, 2016 and 2017 before winning Tuesday night.
In a previous interview with Clarion, Lian Law, the park’s visual information specialist, said Fat Bear Week is truly a celebration of success for these animals and the ecosystem they live in.
She noted that in particular, Katmai’s habitat has one of the healthiest runs of sockeye salmon in the world.
USA Today reported that voter turnout broke last year’s record of over 650,000 – this year over 793,000 votes were cast.
And as with everything else of the estimated 2,200 bears that live in the park, there’s always next year.
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