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Fat Bear Week kicks off in Katmai National Park

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KATMAI NATIONAL PARK -

If you like fat bears, this is your week! 

Katmai National Park kicked off "Fat Bear Week" on social media today as they look to see which bear gained the most weight this summer in preparation for winter. 

The front-runner this week is known only as "747", which is an appropriate title given the fact that this bear is gigantic! 747 will have some challengers this year, however, including 3-time Fattest Bear Champion, Bear 480 (AKA Otis). 

"Body fat means strong chances of winter survival for brown bears, and October is the month that Katmai’s bears are heaviest," the park wrote on Facebook. "There’s no fat shaming here; we’re celebrating the survival of Katmai’s most successful bears."

The event kicks off Wednesday. The park will post dueling pictures of bear who have been fattening up all summer and you simply like the picture of the bear you think is the fattest. The winner moves on in the bracket. 

It is a week-long, single-elimination tournament, so go give their Facebook page a "like" and vote for the Fattest Bear of 2018. 
 

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