ANCHORAGE, Alaska, October 6 (Hfrance.fr) - L ' one of the alumni of Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska is now a four-time song champion.
Otis, a brown bear estimated to be between 24 and 26 years old, was crowned the winner of the annual big bear week . He won an online contest between 12 big salmon rodent bears.
Otis ended up beating the other finalist, a chocolate-brown male known as Walker, in the final ballot.
"The portly patriarch of paunch persevered to pulverize the Baron of Beardonkadonk, " the park said in its Twitter post.
Fat Bear Week, a joint project of the park and its nonprofit partners, the Katmai Conservancy and media organization explore.org, has become an internet sensation.
Wildlife fans submitted votes in a playoff style competition with photosographies and video of bears feasting at the site of a waterfall on the salmon- rich Brooks River. Explore.org's "bear camera " captured live footage of bear action in Brooks Falls.
Otis, thanks to his longevity, is an Institution Fat Bear.
First documented at the Falls in 2001, Otis was the first Fat Champion Bear, winner in 2014 when the event took place over a single day. He also won the 2016 and 2017 titles. The Katmai Conservancy gave its name to a fundraising project; Last year, the Otis Fund raised over $ 230,000 for Katmai bear research, education and conservation projects.
In his old age, Otis can no longer compete with the younger bears and stronger are prime fishing spots, according to park officials. Two of its canines are missing and the auvery worn out.
But when it comes to salmon, Otis is deceptively smart, according to explore.org website.
"While Otis sometimes seems to be napping or not paying attention, most of the time he is focused on the water, and he experiences a relatively high salmon as a result "the website says.
Bears need their girth because they can lose a third of their weight during their winter hibernation, park officials said.
EvenWith the end of Fat Bear Week, park officials said on Twitter that Otis "is still eating. Reporting by Yereth Rosen; edited by Diane Craft
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