(CNN) — After gorging on salmon all summer and fall, one Alaskan brown bear is the fattest of all.
The champion bear was first identified by park officials in 2004 but had never made it to the finals of Fat Bear Week. But 747 outdid himself this year, according to the park — he could’ve been ready to hibernate as early as July with the way his stomach hung, but he continued to feast, narrowly beating out his beefy runner-up, Chunk.
The fatter the bear, the healthier they’ll be when they emerge from hibernation. The national park’s bears fatten up before they hibernate for the winter, when they must live off their fat stores while they waiting out the cold weather in their dens.
Bear 747 is a humble victor. To celebrate his win, he’ll probably do what he always does — chow down on salmon in preparation for hibernation.