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Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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IT IS ON!
Fat Bear Week 2021 begins this week with the Fat Bear Jr. contest on September 23rd - 24th, then continues with the REAL CHONKERS during Fat Bear Week, September 29th - October 5th.
VOTE! VOTE!

The site for the history, stats, brackets, and voting: https://explore.org/fat-bear-week

" Choose the fattest bear of the year! Some of the largest brown bears on Earth make their home at Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Fat Bear Week is an annual tournament celebrating their success in preparation for winter hibernation.
Fat Bear Week is a single elimination tournament. From September 29th to October 5th, your vote decides who is the fattest of the fat. For each set of two bears, vote for the bear who you think is the fattest. The bear with the most votes advances. Only one will be crowned champion of Fat Bear Week. Matchups will be open for voting between 12 - 10 p.m. Eastern (9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Pacific). Watch the bears of Brooks River everyday on explore.org.


Cameras: https://explore.org/livecams/brown-bears

Even the history of the Mt. Katmai / Novarupta eruption is amazing, it is the largest eruption of the 20th century.
https://www.nps.gov/articles/aps-v11-i1-c2.htm

Brown Bear FAQ: https://www.nps.gov/katm/learn/photosmultimedia/brown-bear-frequently-asked-questions.htm#18

May the fattest bear win!



Of course, remember the guidance for the thread:

Pigsfeet on Rye fucked around with this message at 00:08 on Sep 22, 2021

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Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Fatties Jr:

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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435 looks like the love child of a polar bear. 128 kinda looks like that retouched painting Ecce Homo

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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FrozenVent posted:

I wanna snuggle 132, I don't care if he mauls me.

747 is an obvious favourite, but I have a good feeling about 812 this year. Chunky mama's got spunk.

Man, 812 really got its chonk on last year

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

I'm meat on the hoof
Hope Otis makes it back to the contest this year:
"Otis must compete with larger bears while coping with the signs of aging. He was around four to six years old when he was first identified in 2001, which means hes now one of the oldest bears at Brooks River. "

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

I'm meat on the hoof
Fat Bear week Jr. has been updated, those cubs have made some amazing gains!
https://explore.org/meet-the-bears-fat-bear-week-junior

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Great explanation video!

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Yeah, I kinda like 132's cub too.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Brute Squad posted:

I went with 128's yearling



and 132's cub



in the first round. 132's cub may just be fur, but dang that's a chunky fluffball. And 128's yearling is definitely got more bulk than 435's yearling.

Voted this ticket also

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

I'm meat on the hoof
I like 132, lil' potato in a bearsuit beastie.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Yay, 132's piglet wins!

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Contestants are up! Otis is back, and an new bear named Popeye is there!

https://explore.org/meet-the-bears#popeye

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

I'm meat on the hoof
Yeah, Otis 480 looks like an antlerless moose in July, but by September he's become colossal. Amazing gains in just two months.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Platystemon posted:

Appropriate music for a black bear gatecrashing Fat Bear Week:

https://twitter.com/CaseyJPod/status/1441965271493890049

JFC, that's a fat mofo there.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

I'm meat on the hoof
The Gathering
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FAYmHcsXMAkWP_W?format=jpg&name=large

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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First brackets are up for voting until 9:00pm EDT!
https://explore.org/fat-bear-week

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Walker and his furry enormity :kimchi:

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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151 Walker won his bracket by nearly 6:1, and 128 Grazer won her bracket by 2:1.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Brute Squad posted:

I went 128 over 132's spring cub because Grazer is a unit. 132's cub is roly poly, but still has a way to go to hang with the big bears. Walker's bulk beat out Chunk's renegade scar in my book.

also, 747 is still out there training on the livestream.



"Bear Force One" indeed.

Yeah, agreement here

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Brute Squad posted:

but dang, that cub is definitely a future contender.

https://twitter.com/KatmaiNPS/status/1444029723651235853?s=20

look at that neck.

Little guy has that "dog in a bear costume".look going on. Will be awesome.to see in a few years.
Ed.: He's also a major contender for Fat Neck Friday.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

I'm meat on the hoof
I went with 747, but I respect Otis' huge gains in such a short period.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Wow, a shocking loss for 747. Otis certainly earned it with his amazing gains.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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34000 to 31728. Pretty close.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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It's Fat Bear Tuesday! Otis vs. Walker in a seriously tight contest! Vote today!

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Otis won! 51.2k vs 44.8k for Walker. Wow, a really tight race.

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Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

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Well, it's been real, it's been fun, and it's been real fun voting for a new old fat bear! Catch you in 2022!

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