Brutus the bear was due to be euthanize as a cub, but Casey Anderson stepped in and took Brutus into his home to raise the little fellow. Jump ahead a decade and Brutus the bear stands in as best man at Casey's wedding. This man-bear bond has grown strong, but Casey, who is a famous animal tracker with his own show on the GEO Channel, “The Wild,” doesn't recommend taking on a bear as a pet, according to The Inquisitr on Aug. 18.
Anderson actually raised this bear from the time he was a cub, as one of the family. As a trained animal handler was also able to study the habits of his adopted furry son. Handling Brutus was a bit easier for Anderson than it would be for most because he already had the skills as a bear tracker, a position he holds at Yellowstone National Park.
Having Brutus around inspired Anderson to open a grizzly bear shelter in Montana called Montana Grizzly Encounter. The grizzly's inside this shelter are bears that would not survive in the wild on their own, so they are living the best life possible away from their natural habitat in the wild. These bears were all born into captivity, which often included “inhumane conditions,” Anderson said, so being in the wild is foreign to them.
Guests to the sanctuary can watch the bears up-close, but in a safe environment. Brutus just celebrated his 11th birthday and it was complete with gifts, which he had a ball tearing off the wrapping paper.