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    Bruin buddy

    A look into the remarkable friendship of a man and an 800-pound grizzly.

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    Pet dog? Cat? Maybe a goldfish? Not for naturalist Casey Anderson, who adopted a grizzly bear cub seven years ago after the furry one-month-old was found orphaned in an overpopulated wildlife park. Anderson named his new pet Brutus, and the two have been inseparable ever since — together, they've set out on a yearlong mission to chronicle the lives of Yellowstone's vulnerable grizzly bears. The pair star in the National Geographic special “Expedition Grizzly featuring Casey Anderson,” airing Sunday, May 3 at p.m. ET/PT.

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    Grizzly bears, generally very dangerous animals, can get huge: They eat up to 35 pounds of food each day and can weigh up to 1,200 pounds.

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    At six months, Brutus quickly became Anderson’s new best friend. The duo enjoy spending time at the Montana Grizzly Encounter, a bear rescue and education facility that Anderson founded in 2004. “Brutus has been a huge part of my life. He’s sort of like — well, he actually was — my best man.”

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    Although Anderson says Brutus is his best pal, he still has control of the animal. Brutus will obey for a tasty treat or affection.

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    Nicknamed the "animal magnet" as a child, Anderson has always taken a keen interest in the animal kingdom – but he has a special spot for his bear buddies. “From my very first encounter, I’ve been fascinated by this amazing animal. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share their story.”

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    To research Yellowstone’s vulnerable bear population, Casey leaves Brutus at home and ventures deep into the park’s grizzly country. "This insight that [Brutus] allowed me to see in him, I’ve learned integral levels of body language that I only could learn by living with him,” said the grizzly expert. “It has helped me out there in the field.”

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    Anderson has dedicated himself to wildlife preservation and lived among bears in extreme conditions, observing their behavior and even tasting some of their favorite foods.

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    Brutus joins in for the Anderson family Thanksgiving dinner.

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    A man and his bear: The pair relax with a cold beer in a hot tub.

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    Just like his human friends, Brutus loves to take a dip in the pool . "He digs, swims, wrestles with other bears, he’s a bear," said Anderson.

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    Brutus isn’t one to shy away from humans — or attention. The grizzly performer works as an assistant to teach park visitors about grizzly anatomy and conservation — and stars in educational videos, feature films and television shows.

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    Brutus even acted as best man during Anderson’s wedding to actress Missy Pyle (of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) in a ceremony last year.

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