Nicknamed the “animal magnet” as a kid, Casey Anderson grew up in Montana surrounded by wilderness and animals. After college, he became an animal keeper and trainer at wildlife parks, traveling to elephant orphanages in Kenya, hanging out with crocodiles and even getting thrashed by a mountain lion.
Then baby Brutus came into his life. Brutus was born in an overpopulated wildlife park. Casey rescued him from being euthanized and built a new sanctuary just for Brutus.
A natural performer, Brutus was comfortable around people, making him a perfect assistant to teach park visitors about grizzly anatomy and conservation — and starring in educational videos and even feature films and television shows.
Today, Brutus continues to be Casey’s best pal. “Brutus has been a huge part of my life. He’s sort of like, well he actually was, my best man.”
Together they have worked on feature films, television shows, and commercials. When they are not on set they spend their days at Montana Grizzly Encounter, a bear rescue and education facility that Casey founded in 2004, located in Bozeman, Montana. Whether they are educating the public on grizzly conservation, wrestling in the grass, or on a location, this tandem loves what they do.
Disclaimer: this may want to make you adopt a bear. You probably shouldn’t.
He named him Brutus.
Brutus grew up as part of the family, albeit a very fuzzy part.
It was Casey’s job to train animals, so raising and training Brutus was normal for him.
Over the years, they became close friends and brothers.
And Brutus got the run of the pool.
A Real best friends
Brutus grew to be so close to Casey, he was even his best man (bear) at the wedding.
It may have made the bride a little nervous…
But she was probably glad Brutus wasn’t capable of taking him to a strip club (no thumbs).
Brutus also gets a place of honor at the Thanksgiving table.
Life is good for this not-so-average bear.
Look at how close their friendship is.
It’s often said that a dog is a man’s best friend, but perhaps a bear could be a man’s best friend, too.
Casey AndersonImagine the bragging rights Casey has… “Wanna come round to my house and hang out with my cool ass bear friend?”. On a serious note, good on your Casey.
Brutus looks awesome, and it wouldn’t be possible without your big heart. If their story made you smile, then you should probably spread the joy and share this.