Meet 'Holly,' Queen of Katmai National Park and Preserve's 'Fat Bear Week'

The “Queen of Corpulence” took the crown after 12 hours of voting that landed her with 17,500 votes

The “Queen of Corpulence” took the crown after 12 hours of voting that landed her with 17,500 votes

The fun contest aims to celebrate the process of bears eating and making sure their fat reserves are ready for winter hibernation.

Each year, the park's rangers put together a March Madness-style tournament bracket that pits fat bear against fat bear.

After a week of fierce competition, southwest Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve named "Holly" as the fifth annual Fat Bear Week champion.

In photos from July, 435 Holly touted a slimmer figure but she managed to beautifully pack on the pounds for hibernation and dominate the competition. Holly was placed against No. 775, also known as "Lefty", and the results were shocking.

After 12 hours of online voting, Holly had about 17,500 votes while Lefty had about 3,600.

A post on its Facebook page said: "All hail Holly whose healthy heft will help her hibernate until the spring". It was really hard to get pictures of her because she just doesn´t get out of the water, ' Boak said.

This year´s champion fat fan favorite is brown bear Holly, organizers of the event said late Tuesday, with the victor selected by popular vote based on photos displayed on Facebook.

According to her National Park Service bio, Holly has adopted a cub abandoned by its mother, which is apparently a rare phenomenon.

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She most certainly is queen of the chonk and we shall celebrate her until next year's competition.

That was especially true this year, as Alaska endured an unusually dry summer.

Bears typically lose a third of their body weight during their winter sleep, so the body fat they accumulate in summer and fall is crucial to survival.

She says the bears stayed around those streams because of the easy fishing and didn't arrive at the Brooks until mid-September. "[The bear's] heart rate lowers, the activity obviously is very minimal and it truly is just their body utilizing that fat to keep this baseline going".

What is Fat Bear Week?

But, obviously, whether you are a bear or a human being, your validity in this life is not determined by popular vote or by beauty contests, and we can not help but stan both of these big, chonky bears, and all of the other chonky bears who went head-to-head in this fierce contest.

And for Holly, it'll mean emerging as a champion.

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