Weird Contest Won: “Patriarch Dickwanst” Is Alaska’s Fattest Bear

Weird Contest Won: "Patriarch Dickwanst" Is Alaska's Fattest Bear


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“Patriarch Dickwanst” Is Alaska’s Fattest Bear

He is the serial winner: Also this year the brown bear “Otis” can celebrate with his size. At the start of the competition in an Alaskan national park, things were not looking good for her. But “excellent salmon fisherman” keeps the competition in the shadows.

In the curious “Fat Bear” contest in Alaska, the pounds count – now the winner has been determined: the massive brown bear “Otis” competes against an estimated 450 kg heavier male in the final for the animal with the thickest fur in Katmai National Park Won. Walker”. Park administrations in the North American state announced that “The Stout Patriarch’s Dickwanst” outperformed the competition.

Twelve brown bears raced for the title of fun in the national park for a week, which “Otis” had won several times over the years. “Otis is the greatest! By all means,” greeted one fan on the Parks website. Another user said, “Otis deserves this title. No other bear has worked so hard in such a short time.”

At 25 years old, “Otis” is one of the oldest bears in the area. “He has only a few teeth and was very thin at the beginning of the summer, but he has caught a lot,” Ranger Naomi Bok said. He is a true master at salmon fishing, even though he often appears only casual and sleepy in the river. It is thanks to his experience that he “walks less and eats more,” Bock explained.

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“Otis” was already crowned the winner at the first competition in 2014. At the time, voting took place on only one day, since then the contest has lasted for over a week. “Otis” also won the title in 2016 and 2017. Last year, the mighty 747 Bear nicknamed the “Jumbo Jet” had the most fans. More than 793,000 votes were received from around the world this year, up from 600,000 in previous elections.

Persistence wins over fans

Online visitors and Bear fans can watch the candidates eat on a webcam, see before and after photos, and vote for their favourites. Bears were presented for voting on the online platform “Explore.org” every day. After six rounds, only two of the original twelve opponents faced each other in the final.

Bears are still thin in the spring, by the autumn they have to build up stores of fat for hibernation. “Otis” apparently was particularly successful and won many fans with its persistence. The exact weight of the bears is unknown, rangers can only guess. There’s also no prize for the winner, but all the more enthusiastic comments from Bear fans on the web.

Katmai National Park is mainly about informing about threats to the ecosystem and habitat of more than 2000 brown bears and animals in the area. For brown bears, the Brooks River Falls in Katmai Park is a high-calorie buffet where they catch salmon from June to October. With these fat stores, they can survive the winter months without eating. It would be a catastrophe if there weren’t schools of salmon, as a result of climate change.

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There is still a lot of food at this time. At the conclusion of the contest on Tuesday, the bears were strong in the webcam video. Fans also worked hard with the comments. One user wrote, “I love Otis and all the other bears.” “I hope you have a safe and sound hibernation and a wonderful 2022”.

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