Meet Holly, the New Queen of Katmai National Park's 'Fattest Bear' Competition (Video)
Meet the most beautiful, most voluptuous bear in Alaska. Her name is Holly.
According to Vox, Katmai National Park has announced the winner of its annual “Fattest Bear” contest, thanks to thousands of human voters who weighed in on Facebook over the last week. The contest has been going on since 2014 and generally happens in the midst of fall as the bears put on their winter weight for hibernation.
This year, an adorable brown bear named Holly, specifically 435 Holly, took the prize.
The March Madness-style competition pits bear against bear in the fight for the crown (not literally, though). Katmai National Park said in a statement that Holly faced some competition with bear 747, “whose name and heft conjure up images of jumbo jets.” Both Holly and another bear, 128 Grazer, are described as “two females that have been very successful in packing on the pounds.”
Last year’s winner, Beadnose, was absent from the competition this year, though it is unclear why. Mashable reported that the bear was already getting on in years (about 20 at the time she won her title) and could have possibly passed away. If so, may the queen rest in peace.
Holly is deemed one of the “most recognizable” bears in the park, according to the National Park Service, with her distinctive blonde and light brown hair. It’s important to note that bears do not subscribe to human society’s restrictive and unobtainable standard of beauty, so a fat bear who is ready for winter is certainly a healthy and beautiful bear.
Katmai National Park said in a statement that his annual competition is never about fat-shaming. “There is no shame in winning this contest as large amounts of body fat in brown bears is indicative of good health and strong chances of survival.”
Good news for Holly and all the other bears, because they’re gearing up for a long winter.
According to her National Park Service bio, Holly has adopted a cub abandoned by its mother, which is apparently a rare phenomenon. “Bears are generally selfish creatures who are not known for displays of altruism,” it says in her bio.
So, it’s clear that beauty is not only on the outside for this bear.
If you want a peek at the new reigning queen, Katmai National Park has a popular live stream where people can check out what’s happening with the bears whenever they want. The park also posts photos of the bears on their official Facebook page.