435 Holly Fat Bear
435 Holly; photo credit: NPS/L. Carter

Meet 435 Holly, Queen of the Katmai Fat Bears

After an exciting week of voting for fat bears on Katmai National Park’s Facebook page, one beloved bear now reigns as the Fat Bear Week Champion.

Meet 435 Holly. She is fat and fabulous. And she is the fat champion of all bears.

At least, that’s what her throngs of fans at Katmai and across the internet think, who voted her into victory with a whopping 18,000 votes. Most other bears in the tournament received 1,000-9,000 votes (don’t worry, they are still loved).

In case you missed it, Alaska’s Katmai National Park holds a tournament each year to determine the fattest bear in their park. And every day for a week, they let you vote via photos on your favorite.

This was the fifth year of the competition, and we are guessing next year will have even more fans.

Fat Bear Week Results

After crushing fellow fatty female 128 Grazer, 435 Holly advanced to the championship round. Holly went head to head in the final matchup competition with the colossal 775 Lefty, who was a strong contender.

“All hail Holly whose healthy heft will help her hibernate until the spring. Long live the Queen of Corpulence!” wrote Katmai on its Facebook page, announcing her as the Fat Bear winner.

The Fat Bear Week photo competition, which started last week and culminates on Fat Bear Tuesday, happens every first week of October.

Mary Murphy
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Mary is based in Denver, Colorado, but frequently travels abroad. Her outdoor interests span from climbing to landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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