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Well, it’s Katmai National Park’s annual Fat Bear Week—a yearly playoff-style competition to determine the park’s most rotund ursine denizen—and this year’s winner is, as the kids would say, an absolute unit.
Her name is Holly, and boy…she is fat.
No offense to Holly, of course. It happens to all the bears around the park—mostly because they’ve been engorging on sockeye salmon all summer long in preparation for winter.
So they’re all a little fat. But Holly takes it to the next level. Here she is, in all her glory:
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The Katmai area is home to the richest run of sockeye salmon in the world, and Holly had the distinct advantage of not having to feed any cubs. So all those calories went straight to her hips.
And it shows.
Professional bear viewing guide Drew Hamilton knew right away that Holly was going to be this year’s winner.
“It’s almost like the river got higher when Holly went in the water,” Hamilton told news.
Just to be clear, this competition is not just mean-spirited fun. Large amounts of body fat are good for the park’s bears as it significantly increases the chances of survival over the winter.
So let’s hear it for Holly, the queen of chunk.