ANCHORAGE - In an Alaska clash of tubby titans that has become a social media sensation, a shaggy, brown and possibly pregnant mother known as 409 Beadnose was crowned on Tuesday (Oct 9) as Fattest Bear of 2018.
Beadnose nosed out a larger Alaska brown bear, a male called 747 - and likened to a jumbo jet - in online votes collected by staff at Katmai National Park and Preserve during a wildly popular event called Fat Bear Week. Male bears are bigger but Beadnose was deemed to be more rotund.
"Her radiant rolls were deemed by the voting public to be this year's most fabulous flab," the park said on its Facebook page.
"Our chubby champ has a few more weeks to chow down on lingering salmon carcasses before she heads up the mountains to dig herself a den and savour her victory."
Katmai, which hugs the mountainous Gulf of Alaska coast, is known for its massive, salmon-chomping ursine residents.