Summary of “The Glory of Otis, Fattest of the Fat Bears”

Fat Bear Week began as Fat Bear Tuesday, when Katmai employees printed before-and-after photos of some of the park’s 2,000-plus residents as they bulked up for hibernation.
Being on a peninsula of southern Alaska, the park doesn’t get many visitors-Zion National Park’s visitor count was more than 110 times Katmai’s in 2017-so Fat Bear Week helps the lower 48 really connect with the world’s largest protected population of brown bears.
“In the natural world, they’re probably gonna be among the fattest brown bears,” says Andrew LaValle, a park ranger at Katmai who’s been involved in Fat Bear Week since last year.
It’s where you can watch livestreams of all kinds of animals, but most important, in summer and early fall, you can watch seven different 24/7 streams of brown bears on Katmai’s Brooks River and its aptly named Dumpling Mountain, where many bears go to hibernate.
Fat Bear Week’s most hardcore fans are many of the same people who constantly populate the bear cam’s comment section and keep close tabs on the comings and goings of their favorite bears on Wikipedia-style fan pages.
Is really what Fat Bear Week is all about, because what else are you going to do with a reality show-style bear-watching experience? No other park has a Fat Bear Week, because most other parks don’t have 24/7 video surveillance of a particularly dedicated group of hunters at their favorite meal spot.
At a time when warming winters are keeping some bears up far past denning time and some urban bears stay up all winter eating literal garbage, Katmai’s bears live in rare, blissful ignorance.
One of the most popular videos of Otis on YouTube is titled “Bear 480 Otis slowly eats his fish.” It’s four minutes and 30 seconds of Otis slowly munching on a fish carcass, tearing off its red flesh in ribbons.

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Summary of “How to Teach Your Kid Colors”

When my daughter was very young, we would read the toddler classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? In the story, the title character spots a red bird, a yellow duck, a blue horse, a green frog, a purple cat, a white dog, a black sheep and a goldfish.
It’s a lovely book, but now I know it’s probably not a great one for teaching a kid her colors.
We like to use color words “Prenominally,” meaning before nouns.
We’ll often say things like “The red balloon,” instead of using the postnominal construction, “The balloon is red.”
Say “The balloon is red,” for example, and you will have helped to narrow “Red-ness” to being an attribute of the balloon, and not some general property of the world at large.
This helps kids discern what about the balloon makes it red.
In her study, when kids heard the color words postnominally, their learning improved significantly.
The takeaway: Instead of saying “The red balloon,” say “The balloon is red.” Or change up the title of your favorite toddler book: “Brown Bear … oops, I mean bear who is brown.”

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Summary of “Our Search for Meaning and the Dangers of Possession”

In the 2005 film Grizzly Man, documentarian Werner Herzog profiles bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell, who spent more than a decade living among grizzlies in the Alaskan wilderness of Katmai National Park.
Even watching the trailer, one can see that Treadwell worshipped the bears.
“Hi Mr. Chocolate! He’s been with me for over a decade and he’s been my good friend. Oh! He’s a big bear!” In 2003, Treadwell’s life ended tragically, if predictably, when he and his girlfriend were killed by one of the grizzlies he loved so much.
For him to act like a bear the way he did for me, it was the ultimate of disrespecting the bear and what the bear represents.
A bare-chested Treadwell gets in the water with the bear, and we as viewers feel a bit breathless with awe.
One gets the impression that Treadwell may feel at one with the bear, but the bear certainly doesn’t feel at one with him.
As the bear edges past him, Treadwell reaches out and touches the animal’s fur.
The sense of mission Treadwell felt in relation to the bears gave him a sense of a special destiny.

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Summary of “Did Climate Change Kill a Polar Bear?”

At the bottom of the screen, as the bear struggles to keep its hind legs from collapsing, the words “This is what climate change looks like” appear.
Ikakhik was skeptical of the implicit link between the bear’s condition and climate change.
“Of course, it is in their best interest to say that polar bears are happy and healthy and that climate change is a joke, because otherwise their quota might be reduced.”
The conflict nearly always stems from the ongoing Inuit practice of hunting and eating seals, whales, walrus, and polar bears.
For his part, Nicklen said he was very careful in his initial social media posts not to overstate a link between the bear’s condition and climate change.
His arguments about one specific bear have been cited more broadly by climate change deniers, too.
“There’s tweets going out saying climate change isn’t killing the bears, it’s cancer. Which of course is not true. That’s my biggest regret from this.”
The video’s enormous popularity shows that people care, he said, about polar bears and climate change.

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