Fat Bear Week Is Here And I’m Fired Up
The annual phenomenon that is “Fat Bear Week” is upon us and kicks off in earnest tomorrow (October 4). The weeklong event celebrates the brown bears that inhabit the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska as they pack on the weight in preparation for hibernation. Fans can vote for their favorite of the brown bears competing at Explore.org, where people can also observe the bears via live webcam.
According to The Philadelphia Enquirer, Fat Bear Week launched in 2014. It was originally slated as Fat Bear Tuesday but took off in popularity and expanded as a bracket tournament the following year. The first year it was a tournament, Fat Bear Week brought in a few thousand votes. Last year, more than a million votes were cast throughout the week.
Bears competing are given numbers and names, including Otis, Svetlana, Chunk and Colbert, who was the 2022 Fat Bear Week champion. A winner will be announced on October 10, aka: “Fat Bear Tuesday.”
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this. I literally will sit and waste hours over the next week watching fat bears get fatter. That being said, folks we are tempting fate here. Each week we are inundated with stories from all over the world about animals becoming more and more brazen in OUR world. Has anyone given thought about how we’d feel if there was a “Fat Man/Woman” week? I just have this image in my head of “Yogi,” “Pooh,” and their bruin friends watching US put on our winter coat.
I know, I’m a buzzkill. Enjoy Fat Bear Week. Like “The Masters” in April, it is indeed an American tradition like none other.