Fat Bear Week 2021 crowns its winner | CNN Travel

  
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By:   By Sean Federico-O'Murchu (CNN)

Fat Bear Week 2021 crowns its winner | CNN Travel
A generously girthed brown bear by the name of 480 Otis is again the winner of Fat Bear Week, the fourth time this ursine wonder has claimed the crown.

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Sean Federico-O'Murchu • Published 6th October 2021

http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.cnn.com%2Fcnnnext%2Fdam%2Fassets%2F211006011836-fat-bear-week-winner-otis-2021.jpg (CNN) — A generously girthed brown bear by the name of 480 Otis is again the winner of Fat Bear Week, the fourth time this ursine wonder has claimed the crown.The portly veteran -- who was also champion in 2014, 2016 and 2017 -- defeated ​​151 Walker as voted by the public, according to the Katmai National Park & Preserve in Southwest Alaska. No details were available about Otis' weight, but Walker's biography disclosed that he was believed to weigh 1,000 pounds last year "but appears to be larger this year."Twelve bears started in the celebration of corpulence on September 29 before the final online showdown Tuesday. "As we celebrate, like a true champ 480 is still chowing down," the park said after the votes were counted.The achievement is even more remarkable given that Otis, at around 25 years old, is one of the older bears at Brooks River and, according to his biography, "is missing two canine teeth and many of his other teeth are greatly worn."

The fatter the bear, the healthier they are


Fat bears thrive in Katmai, specifically on the Brooks River. It's one of the largest and healthiest "runs" of salmon -- that's when salmon migrate upstream and lay eggs on riverbeds -- in the world, according to the park. And in Alaska's Bristol Bay, where part of the park is located, brown bears outnumber the human residents.The fatter the bear, the healthier they'll be when they emerge from hibernation. The national park's bears fatten up before they hibernate for the winter, when they must live off their fat stores while waiting out the cold weather in their dens.Male brown bears weigh anywhere from 600 to 900 pounds and by the time they go into hibernation, can jump up to a staggering 1,000 pounds, according to the park. Adult females usually weigh about a third less. The bears often get so big, that they have to dig a hole to stuff their belly in when they lay down to rest."During peak season, we have seen bears catch 40+ salmon in a day (though 20 salmon is more common)," the park said on its Facebook page. "And if you estimate each salmon has roughly 4500 calories pre-spawned, that is a lot of food!"It added: "We haven't seen bears so fat they can't move, but we have seen bears definitely have difficulty navigating steep banks down to the river."

CNN's Scottie Andrews and Christina Maxouris contributed to this report.


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Trout Giggles
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1  seeder  Trout Giggles    2 months ago

trolling, taunting, and off topic comments may be removed at the discretion of group mods. NT members that vote up their own comments or continue to disrupt the conversation risk having all of their comments deleted. please remember to quote the person(s) to whom you are replying to preserve continuity of this seed.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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3  1stwarrior    2 months ago

'Member this from last year and some of the great comments.

"Lucky" Otis????  What's his prize?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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4  seeder  Trout Giggles    2 months ago

An all you can eat salmon buffet? And someone to dig his belly hole for him

 
 
 
Kavika
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5  Kavika     2 months ago

A four time winner and a portly veteran...

LOLOLOL, quite the description of ''Overweight Otis''.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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5.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago
The achievement is even more remarkable given that Otis, at around 25 years old, is one of the older bears at Brooks River and, according to his biography, "is missing two canine teeth and many of his other teeth are greatly worn."

This could be his last year as the King

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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5.1.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1    2 months ago

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Trout Giggles
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5.1.2  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  1stwarrior @5.1.1    2 months ago

I take it you like to eat bear meat? I had it once and I was tricked into eating it. But I will say it was tender and tasted pretty good

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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5.1.3  1stwarrior  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1.2    2 months ago

Yes'm - I much rather prefer "game" meat over cow, chicken, fish or granolas.  I've found, outside of the very small fat content, the meat to be tender and tasty - 'specially elk, antelope and bear.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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5.1.4  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  1stwarrior @5.1.3    2 months ago

I've had elk in chili...that was very tasty and not gamy at all

 
 
 
Kavika
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5.1.5  Kavika   replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1    2 months ago

Hey, hey stop that. Never ever count out old fat guys.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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5.1.6  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5.1.5    2 months ago

Watch out for 1st...he thinks old fat guys are tasty

 
 
 
Kavika
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5.1.7  Kavika   replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1.6    2 months ago

I wasn't speaking of myself since I'm quite thin. It's my fat old BIL that I was concerned about.jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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5.1.8  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5.1.7    2 months ago

Many pardons. Then tell your BIL it's time for hibernation

 
 
 
Kavika
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5.1.9  Kavika   replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1.8    2 months ago

As soon as he gets the super sized triple whopper out of his face I will.

''Hey Mircle, take your fat ass and go back to bed.''

We call him Miracle cuz it's a miracle that he can find his way out of the refrig.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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5.1.10  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5.1.9    2 months ago

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Paula Bartholomew
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5.1.11  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1.2    2 months ago

 I was tricked into eating it

My grandfather once tricked me into eating rattlesnake telling me it was chicken strips.  It wasn't half bad but I have no desire to ever eat it again.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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5.1.12  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1.4    2 months ago

I used to eat moose/caribou sausage in AK.  It is wonderful.

 
 
 
charger 383
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6  charger 383    2 months ago

King Otis, the fat, is a big bear and hope he has more good years

 
 
 
Ender
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7  Ender    2 months ago

I think one of them was named Chonky, or something like that.

Haha

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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8  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    2 months ago

Congrats to Otis, who is without a doubt, a straight-up fat-ass.

 
 
 
Kavika
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8.1  Kavika   replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @8    2 months ago

Otis your ass is two ax handles wide. Congratulations. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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8.1.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @8.1    2 months ago

I think he's gonna need a bigger cave....

 
 
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