News

Voting Is Now Open to Crown 2022’s Fat Bear Week Champion

These big-bodied bears are bulking up to keep warm this winter, much to the joy of everyone else.

 bobby20/Shutterstock
bobby20/Shutterstock
bobby20/Shutterstock

Bears need to eat a lot before winter, to bulk up before the winter hibernation. Some of the world’s largest brown bears live at Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska and thanks to Explore.org the public gets to crown the fattest bear each year in a tradition lovingly known as Fat Bear Week. Between now and October 11, you can participate in voting, which means getting to look at photos of skinny bears becoming plump and prepared for the cold.

Right now, you can vote for the first and second matches available. Below is a bracket that will show which bears are advancing and which bears haven’t received enough votes. It’s like American Idol, but way, way, way, cooler.

Courtesy of Explore.org
Courtesy of Explore.org
Courtesy of Explore.org

If you want to make an informed decision about your vote, and not just base it all on appearances (this isn’t the first televised presidential debate after all), you can check out the profiles of each bear. There’s Otis, Divot, Holly, and a whole host of other contestants that are sure to warm your heart. You can also check out champions from previous years. Spoiler alert: Otis, a 25-year-old brown bear, has won this competition a lot in the last eight years, and he is actually this year’s defending champion after defeating Walker last year.

Head to Explore.org to cast your vote and even check out the park’s brown bear live cam to see if you can catch live footage of one of this year’s contenders.

Get the latest from Thrillist Australia delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe here.

Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.

News

Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

Get the latest from Thrillist Australia delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe here.

Related

Our Best Stories, Delivered Daily
The best decision you'll make all day.