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Grizzly Bear Is Best Man At Wedding

Casey Anderson and Brutus the bear: Grizzly bear is best man at wedding

Casey Anderson made Brutus the bear honorary best man at his wedding. 

Anderson 33, hand-reared Brutus from a cub after he was born into captivity and faced euthanasia because he couldn’t be released into the wild.

The pair have become so close that the seven-foot eight inch grizzly bear was best man at his wedding to the 36-year-old actress.

Brutus, who weighs 900lbs (0.45 tonnes), stole the show at the marriage in Swan Valley, Montana, where he ate the wedding cake in front of 85 guests.

Naturalist Casey, who lives in Montana, America, even admitted he even owed his “best friend” Brutus for introducing him to his future wife.

He said: “When Brutus was born, it was a dead end street because he couldn’t be released into the wild so had to remain in captivity or be euthanased.

“So I came up with the idea to rescue him and build a home to save other grizzly bears and since then he’s completely changed my life.

“I take him for long walks. I swim with him and I’ve even started teaching him how to fish. I feel like his father in a way – but in reality I’m more of his friend.

“Now I owe him for introducing me to my wife and he was best man at my wedding – he really has changed my life.

“With other bears he plays rough but I’m not scared of him because when I wrestle him he knows he needs to be a lot more gentle.

“He doesn’t want to hurt the people that he loves and I think he does love me after all the years and time we have spent together. He’s my best friend.”

Brutus was born in 2002 at a rescue centre in Idaho, America, where he was at risk of being put down because he could not be released into the wild.

However, Casey, who worked at the centre, decided to look after him and set up the Montana Grizzly Encounter, near Yellowstone National Park, America.

Grizzly bears are renowned for being extremely dangerous but after spending the last seven years together the pair have forged a close and trusting relationship.

Casey and Brutus often eat, walk, swim and wrestle together, relax in the jacuzzi and always celebrate their birthdays and Thanksgiving Day by eating a meal in his house.

Brutus was best man when Casey wedded actress Missi, who starred in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’.

The couple met on the set of the film ‘Pretty Ugly People’, in which Missi and Brutus co-starred.

Missi explained: “Casey runs a grizzly sanctuary; Brutus was in the movie. We wanted Brutus as the ring bearer but the game-and-wildlife people wouldn’t let us.”

Because Brutus was removed from his father at a very young age Casey is now teaching the grizzly bear how to catch fish.

Casey added: “Brutus engages with humans in a way that other bears don’t because he is very intelligent and emotional. His personality is very gentle.

“He a very close friend of mine and I believe that he is much more intelligent and emotional than a dog.

“He understands exactly how I’m feeling for example when I am sad he’s very sympathetic and even gentler towards me.

“To see these characteristics in an animal is an amazing thing and I think it’s important to educate people about grizzly bears.

“We’re trying to cure the myths, educate the public. There’s a way to coexist with these animals as long as you play by the rules.”  Source

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  • Vicki July 14, 2009, 9:43 pm

    Is this man CRAZY??? I don’t care how “gentle” the bear was – how did Casey know how Brutus would act when faced with a large group of people? This was a disaster waiting to happen, IMHO.

  • Dazee October 1, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I know I’m a little late with the response here, but it’s pretty apparent that Casey knew how Brutus was going to act in a large group setting. If Brutus has appeared in movies he’s more then just a bear raised in captivity, he’s a trained bear and I’m sure Brutus has been around large groups of people before. I’m also sure Casey would be smart enough to have any needed precautions in place and didn’t let the bear just roam free around the wedding (but I wasn’t there, so who knows!) It obivously wasn’t a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ since a disaster didn’t happen.

    • admin October 2, 2010, 8:58 am

      Trained bears are still wild animals and are, therefore, unpredictable in how they will react. Regardless, the point of the story was the inappropriateness of having an animal as one’s best man.

  • Shayna October 2, 2010, 12:09 pm

    Respectfully, we have no idea really how many generations we need to domesticate an animal. All animals are, by nature’s design, “wild” animals and can be unpredictable in different settings. Even humans can be that way. The gentlest of dogs (big or small) could snap at any given moment. I think the trick is knowing your animal well (irregardless of what kind of animal it is). I know both my dogs very well, and I know when they will nip you and when they won’t, and I coach all children in my home what to do and what not to do. And by the way, my dogs both know the difference between a baby who doesn’t know not to pull ears and tails and a child who should know better.

  • Dazee October 2, 2010, 1:36 pm

    No. Tamed/capativity raised animals are the opposite of ‘wild’ animals. It’s not like he plucked him full grown from the forest because he wanted to have a bear, he wanted THIS bear who he had help raise.. and I’m sorry, I’m not sure what I see wrong about a person having his best friend as his best man, isn’t that common? Some of the articles on here feel less like they belong on Ehell and feel more like they’re just a way to be judgemental on others.

  • Samantha October 12, 2010, 8:46 pm

    Dazee, I have to agree with you here. I’ve recently came across this site and gone through a lot of the back posts. I have to say I have been more appalled at some of comments then I was at the actual post itself.

  • Javin October 7, 2011, 1:36 pm

    Right there with you, Samantha. This site should be about people who breach etiquette in such a way as to affect other guests, or the hosts themselves. A host who throws a party the way THEY wish to throw a party is not breaking etiquette. You have the option of not attending the party. If someone wants to have a beer bong station at the altar that the bride and groom take a shot from immediately after saying their vows, so be it. It’s not what I would do, but it’s what they want, and it’s THEIR wedding. Trashing people for having theme weddings (recently the Klingon/Halo ones I’ve read) is in itself a breach of etiquette. You were not invited to the wedding. You did not attend. Nobody has required you to do so at your own wedding. I think a lot of this comes down to the posters feeling that these things are an insult to their RELIGION, and therein is the problem. When you press your own religion on others, THAT is a breach of etiquette. Matthew 10:14 makes that pretty clear.

  • Swerve February 11, 2013, 9:38 am

    I would love to hear the toast that Brutus gave at the reception!

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