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#FatBearWeek, the competition put on by a national park that made life a little more 'bear-able' las


October 11, 2018

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If politics are “weighing” you down, this story may be exactly what you need.

Katmai National Park put on its fourth annual “Fat Bear Week” competition last week and, judging from the reactions of people on social media, the event did not disappoint.

The park, which is located in Alaska and is about the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone combined, first announced the competition in an Oct. 1 press release, saying that the "annual march madness-style competition, now in its fourth year, pits commonly seen bears on the Bear Cam against one another to decide which bear indeed, looks the fattest."

Then, the event encourages the public to vote on the Katmai National Park and Preserve’s Facebook page in head-to-head matches.

The bear receiving the most likes advanced to the next round, with the "Fat Bear Week" champion crowned on Oct. 9.

The winner of the week-long test of tubbiness was Bear 409, aka Beadnose.

Users on Twitter did not hesitate to get involved, tweeting out their reactions to GIFs and pictures of the bears that displayed their fabulous fat rolls and gluttonous weight gains.
























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