A huge overweight black bear has caused a wave online.
The large Ursidae was spotted in Minnesota on cameras on a nature trail and was immediately impressed by its towering size.
Images of the four-legged mammal show its stomach almost touching the ground with every step.
The bear was filmed just south of Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota on October 7, Fox 9 reported.
“This is possibly the biggest bear we have ever seen in our region!” The project’s Facebook account was posted with the video on December 1.
“How much do you think this pig weighs ?!” Sadly we only got one video of this beauty but it’s enough to appreciate the bear’s curves and figure … it worked hard for this body.
“We’re still looking at surveillance camera footage from last summer and fall where we find and try to share gems like this.
“With the number of cameras we have, it takes a lot of effort to go through all the images.”
The bear’s heavy weight has led some to wonder if he is unusually large.
“Is he okay? Are they supposed to get that big?” Asked a spectator.
Others have suggested that he had found a source of human food with a particularly high fat content.
Steph Horner of the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary said the bear was doing “absolutely fine”.
“Bears in northern Minnesota have been trying to gain 30-50% of their weight since hibernation and may not eat for 6-7 months,” she added.
“I suspect this is actually a bear from my sanctuary in Orr and has managed to find additional food sources after the season closed.”
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Some viewers thought the Minnesota Bear could compete with the winner of Fat Bear Week hosted by Katmai National Park in Alaska.
In 2020, a salmon gnawing beast was crowned the winner of the competition.
747 – named after the famous full-size plane – recovered the prestigious gong during the annual Heavyweight Battle in Alaska.
The bear, one of more than 2,200 brown bears that roam Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve, was victorious on Tuesday after a frenzied week of online voting.
The 747 winner was a worthy champion, the park said in a statement.
“This year he’s really put on weight, appearing to be big enough to hibernate in July while continuing to eat until his belly seems to be dragging on the ground in late September,” the park said.