Fat Bear Week Has Crowned a Furry, 1,400-Pound Champion

This marks the second win for this champion.

Courtesy of Fat Bear Week.
Courtesy of Fat Bear Week.
Courtesy of Fat Bear Week.

Fat Bear Week has come to a close, and a winner has finally been crowned. Each year, chronically online folks around the country vote on which bear in Katmai National Park they think has gained the most weight. And just to clarify, we’re talking about the animals here, not the gay icons with a penchant for leather.

On Tuesday night, bear number 747 was crowned the fattest champion. This is the second time 747 has taken home the gold. He received his first Fat Bear title in 2020. This year, he beat out a young adult female bear, number 901, by more than 10,000 votes, according to BuzzFeed News.

Bear 747 was first spotted and identified in 2004. The bear, which ironically enough shares the same number as a massive commercial aircraft, is a large adult male described by event organizers as a nearly one-ton veteran.

In fact, 747 might just be one of the largest brown bears on Earth, according to Fat Bear Week. His weight clocks in at an astounding 1,400 pounds.Although there aren’t any prizes for the large furry mammals, the competition encourages people to learn more about them and the ecosystems in which they live.

Brown bears aren’t an endangered species, but those that live in Bristol Bay, nearly 64 miles away from Katmai, face a looming threat from the proposed development of an open-pit mine.

In May 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a preliminary legal determination that forbids mining waste disposal in the bay. However, mining project leaders are expected to appeal the decision in court. If successful, that could potentially spell doom for the brown bears and their surrounding ecosystem.

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Jeremy Porr is a News Writer at Thrillist. Follow Jeremy on Instagram.


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.

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