Fat Bear

Courtesy of the Katmai Conservancy

Have any of you been watching the Fat Bear competition in Alaska?  If you were worried about post Covid weight gain, look at 747.  That really is a wide body…  The bears at the Katmai Conservancy are feasting on fish, salmon in particular, to bulk up for their winter hibernation.  I bet 747 is saying, “I can’t face another salmon…maybe a sausage?”  If you look at the website you can see the before and after photos – the opposite of the human ideal.  I would like to snuggle up with him in his cave until spring.

Back in Texas we have had a scary infestation of wee white moths that jump out of the bushes and scare the living daylights out of me.  I panicked because we had a termite infestation in our house some years ago.  Were they termites?  They were really sod web worms which create dead brown patches on the lawns.  Before I knew that, I called our regular bug/termite guy for a treatment inside and out.  There was just one giant cockroach too many – even our lizard colony couldn’t keep them under control.

When he arrived at the door, my first thought was “Are you preparing for hibernation?”  He has always been a tad husky but now he looks like a bear.  There is no judgment from me who used to weigh 200 lbs. It is strange how this pandemic has affected humans differently.  Some people are scary skinny, exercising themselves to death and others have succumbed to the delight of carbs/booze.  I had to go to the eye doctor this week and I was worried because I couldn’t see the computer.  Turns out that my right eye has got better which is weird because it has been Lasiked.  Then my hairdresser noted that my gray hair is darker than usual.  Is it my gluten free diet?

When I wrote this we were having the first bands of Hurricane Delta – I can’t believe we had to move onto the Greek alphabet because we have had so many storms.  The one thing that I miss from Scotland is the wind.  I love a fresh breeze, especially near the ocean.  Here in Texas, wind always means something sinister.  Nonetheless, I went to the pond, lay down on the grass and imagined I was at an ocean.  All 11 ducks/ducklings are accounted for so all is well.  Have a happy Weekend!

23 thoughts on “Fat Bear

  1. Wow, that’s a big bear. The other night on the news, the showed a pizza that was left on the stoop by a delivery person. Guess who ate the whole pizza. A bear (spoken like the guy from the SNL Chicago bears skit).

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  2. Hi, Kerry, how are you doing. I haven’t seen the Fat Bear competition, because this is the first time I’ve heard about it. Letting public to vote for their favourite of the fattened bears sounds like lots of fun. And there can never be too much of it. Especially now with Ireland back into lockdown and with household visits banned for the entire country. I hope all is well with you and your family 😊 Take care 😊 Aiva

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    • You can’t have too much humor right now…or bears! It feels crazy in the USA right now with election fever (and how do you safely vote in a pandemic). I am voting even if I have to wear two masks. Texas is holding steady with Covid-19 but I reckon there will be further lockdowns as the cold weather approaches. Wishing all the best to you and your family, Aiva. Stay safe. K x

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    • I went gluten free just before the pandemic. A doctor friend suggested it for my mysterious neurological issues. There is some clinical evidence that it helps with some mental health issues – there was a study with schizophrenia. Teddy has noticed that I am much less anxious and my neurological stuff has abated. That said, I can’t tell if that is because I don’t drive or work anymore. Time will tell.

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  3. I heard about the contest on NPR, Kerry. I like salmon, but would not be able to keep up with Bear 747. If it ever tried to fly on a Boeing, it would have to book the entire row of seats. 🙂
    I hope the hurricane will not be too severe!
    Best,
    Tanja

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