I'm really jealous of Holly, the Fat Bear Champion that gets to sleep through a significant portion of the primary. pic.twitter.com/b2kGrcmI6P
— Brandi Thee Nice Goose (on Halloween or whatever) (@ItsTheBrandi) October 9, 2019
A size-acceptance model for the rest of us. Per NPR:
… Fat Bear Week has been an annual event for the past five years in Katmai National Park and Preserve in southwestern Alaska. The idea is to publicize and celebrate the process of bears eating as much as they can to build up crucial fat reserves in advance of winter hibernation.
Park rangers made a game out of the process — a March Madness-style bracket matching bear against bear, each with photos proving girth and inviting the public to vote on the fattest bear in each pair…
Katmai Conservancy Media Ranger Naomi Boak says Holly earned her title.
“It was very hard to get a good picture [of Holly] out of the water,” she says, “because she was a submarine for the entire month. She did not stop fishing, except to dig a belly hole big enough for her to sleep in.”
Holly and all of this year’s 12 contestants are coastal brown bears that forage along the Brooks River. The Alaskan waterway has one of the largest concentrations of sockeye salmon in the world, and the bears there take full advantage.
This year’s weeklong competition was a huge success, with a record total of 187,000 votes cast — more than three times last year’s total…