Welcome to Fat Bear Week at Mashable! Each fall, Katmai National Park holds a competition as Alaska’s brown bears finish fattening up for their long winter hibernation. This year, Mashable is getting in on the salmon-munching action. Check back with us all week as we follow the fat bear face-offs each day, and remember to get your votes in for each round. Happy fishing!
Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week contest is now underway, with 13 very large omnivores pitted against each other in a playoff-like bracket.
Each day, you can place your votes, but have you ever wondered which fat bear you would be if you lived in Katmai?
Explore.org — which runs the live streaming webcams that made these bears globally known — has created created a quiz to match your personality to one of the 13 bears participating in this wild week’s contest.
So, what are you waiting for? Take the quiz below:
For bears, getting fat is a matter of survival.
If they don’t accumulate enough fat stores in the summer and fall months, they might not make it through winter.
But for us, it’s a lighthearted story and a much needed distraction from reality.
All of these bears have pretty interesting pasts.
Bear 435, known as Holly — a thicc light brown mama bear — successfully raised an adopted bear cub alongside her own.
Bear 856, who sort of looks like the giant scar-covered bear from Disney’s Brave, is known to be as dominant as he is antagonistic. Bear 409, or Beadnose, is known for raising lots of cubs.
Then there are some bears that have won favor with the crowds who tune in to the livestream on Explore.org. Bear 747 is an absolute unit and Bear 480 or Otis looks like he ate his former self.
Needless to say, we’re committed to these bears and you should be too. And if you want to participate in the actual competition, voting is easy.
Just head over the Katmai National Park’s Facebook and like the photos of the animals that you believe have worked the hardest on their winter bodies over the past few months.
Voting begins at 10 a.m. ET each day and winners are announced twelve hours later, at 10 p.m. ET. This morning, for example, Walker, a smaller male bear, faced Beadnose, a female bear of great girth.