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It’s Friday, here are fat baby bears

I don’t find out about you, however pumpkin spice lattes simply aren’t slicing it for me as motivation to get excited concerning the fall. One factor I can rally round: fat baby bears.

There’s an lovable twist this 12 months to Katmai Nationwide Park’s annual Fat Bear Week. Right this moment is the ultimate day to forged your vote for its “junior” competitors. 4 cubs confronted off yesterday for an opportunity to compete in opposition to the grown-ups when Fat Bear Week formally begins on September twenty ninth. Now, only two cubs remain within the closing spherical of junior voting; the cub who garners probably the most votes right now will transfer on to the Fat Bear Week bracket.

The park identifies the cubs by their moms. You’ll be able to forged your vote for Bear 128’s yearling, who already has the excellence of catching extra leaping salmon on the lip of the park’s Brooks Falls than any cub within the park employees’s current reminiscence. It’s not a talent most cubs grasp earlier than the tender age of two, in response to the park. Or, you possibly can select Bear 132’s spring cub, who weighs in at greater than 60 kilos earlier than even turning one 12 months outdated.

With these two cuties within the working, you actually can’t make a nasty choice when casting your vote (polls are open between 12PM to 9PM ET). You’ll discover extra data and images of every cub’s transformation as they packed on the kilos this summer time on Katmai’s website, Twitter, and Facebook pages. And you may seek for them on the park’s bear cams. You’ll be able to spot Yearling 128 by her signature blonde ears and Spring Cub 132 by his large, slouchy, brown stomach and shaggy, darkish brown fur.

There are elimination rounds every day of Fat Bear Week till a closing chunky champion is called on Fat Bear Tuesday, October fifth. It’s primarily a web based recognition contest meant to have fun the Alaskan brown bears’ full figures. Winter is coming and a fat bear is a ready bear. The bears eat a complete 12 months’s value of meals in simply six months to prepare for hibernation. Over the winter, they would possibly lose a 3rd of their physique weight, however they’ll begin bulking up for subsequent 12 months’s competitors come spring.

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