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I express generous gratitude to The Verge and this god-like report. When you think that coronavirus ruined every possible event on our planet just wait a sec. Behold the majesty and grace fluffy fat bears. Fat Bear Week is right in time, and it is the best you’ve probably seen for the past couple of months. Well, personally for me is *sad noises*. The annual tournament set in motion yesterday and continues until October 6th. Grab your gadget, connect to the internet and switch on the Katmai National Park’s live Bearcam and spectate how these giant, fluffy Yetis eat salmon, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite furry behemoth. 

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When we say that these creatures are fat, we actually make a compliment because big bears are healthy bears. The tradition to make bears Renaissance idols appeared six years ago in Katmai National Park where bears perhaps are the fattest and healthiest in the globe. The Brooks River is the perfect place for fishing. It is like a very long birthday party with a lot of food and you are permitted to eat as much as you can and your mother will not give a pathetic kind of glance. In this way bears are preparing for their winter hibernation. They eat migrating sockeye salmon and store some fat under the skin because during the hibernation they’ll lose a third of their body mass.

Image credit: Katmai National Park

Some of the bears in Katmai have their fanclubs. For example, bear 435 (Holy) became “Queen of Corpulence” last year thanks to fans. 

The first day of Fat Bear Week demonstrates mother son issues. Twenty-four-year-old Bear 402 is one of the biggest females along Brooks River. “She is the multitasking champion,” Naomi Boak, a Katmai Conservancy media ranger said during a bracket reveal live chat. “She will take [her cubs] up there and she will fish on the lip [of the Brooks Falls] like a champ, and still get fat.” Bear 402 is clearly inferior to her son — five-year-old Bear 812. You can recognise him for his habit of licking his lips as he chows down. The winner in this battle should get prepared to face the elephant Bear 747 who is one of the biggest bears in the entire park. 

The battle that is not actually a battle happened between the outsider Bear 151 and veteran Bear 856.“When [856] walks into the river at the falls, all the other bears make way,” Boak said. Both don’t try to show their dominant position to each other but instead fans will choose the winner. So the one who will win will meet with Otis, the very first Fat Bear champion in 2014. According to The Verge, Otis is the oldest participant in the tournament. He has no two canine teeth, but he knows how to make the party rocking even without them.

How to vote? Each day between 12-10PM ET you can make a pick at https://explore.org/fat-bear-week The result of the competition will be on October 6th.

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