As I write it’s half approach by means of Fats Bear Week, an annual occasion to search out the fattest bear in Katmai, Alaska.
Began in 2014, Fats Bear Week is a web-based contest the place as much as 640,000 individuals forged their votes final yr to guess the heaviest bear on the Brooks River in Katmai.
You’ll be able to soar onto the stay cams and see them any time from June by means of to September on the hunt for salmon – which is plentiful. The bears within the working this yr every have their very own on-line profiles and a photograph taken in July and once more in September, so that you can forged your vote.
Voting is open for only a few hours every day and the winner will probably be introduced on Fats Bear Tuesday – October fifth.
Bears go into hibernation for about three months over winter. They don’t eat or drink something in that point and may lose as much as one-third of their physique weight as they dissipate their fats reserves. Clearly the fattest bear going into hibernation comes out higher within the spring.
The large males must dominate to outlive, the females must fatten as much as elevate cubs and the cubs want sufficient fats simply to outlive and make their approach on the planet.
If you’re going to vote, don’t be confused by their names: 747, 508 – these are their tag numbers not their weights. (Perhaps it was simply me!)
I all the time say to individuals who ask about the place to take a cruise to, in the event you’ve solely acquired one cruise in you, cruise to Alaska. And the principle motive, other than the outstanding glaciers and the whales breaching throughout the ship and crashing again down into the ocean, was an tour I took on a float airplane to a river working with salmon.
We wandered over, cameras on the prepared, and out of the forest on the alternative financial institution wandered bears on the lookout for lunch. They lolled into the river and watched the rapids keenly.
You may learn the focus as their faces went forwards and backwards watching the working river, ready for an unsuspecting salmon swimming upstream.
Then with a swipe of their paw, they grabbed the fish and even caught it of their mouths when it jumped up the falls.
It was essentially the most outstanding wildlife expertise I’ve ever had. Proper up there with strolling previous giraffes in Zambia!
Bald eagles have been additionally hanging round hoping for a tasty morsel that the bear would possibly let go down the river.
For those who love bears, soar onto the webcams by Discover.org who’ve a number of stay animal cams dotted round Africa and whereas away some hours!