Brown Bears: 'Fat Bear' Choice: 'Jumbo Jet' 747 Beats The Competition

The massive winner of the "Fat Bear" competition in Alaska has been announced: brown bear 747, evocatively nicknamed "Jumbo Jet", has been named Katmai National Park's fattest furry animal.

Brown Bears: 'Fat Bear' Choice: 'Jumbo Jet' 747 Beats The Competition

The massive winner of the "Fat Bear" competition in Alaska has been announced: brown bear 747, evocatively nicknamed "Jumbo Jet", has been named Katmai National Park's fattest furry animal. He prevailed in the final round against the stately female 901, which was in the race for the very first time. 747 probably caught the most salmon and thus dismantled all the competition, said the national park in the northernmost US state of Alaska.

Twelve brown bears competed in the national park for a week, and in the final of the last two candidates, the veteran 747 came out on top with a good 54 percent of the votes. The rangers estimate the weight of the 18-year-old male to be up to 630 kilograms. 747 had already won the Fat Bear title in 2020.

For the eighth time, the park hosted "Fat Bear Week" this year. For a week, Bären fans could view before and after photos online and vote for their favourites. The Ranger announced that over a million votes had been received from all over the world, more than ever before.

In the spring, the bears are still skinny, but by the fall they will have built up fat reserves for the hibernation when catching salmon. The competition aims to provide information about the ecosystem and habitat of the more than 2000 brown bears in the region.

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