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The Story of Brutus: My Life with Brutus the Bear and the Grizzlies of North America

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  103 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The heart-warming story of the incredible friendship between National Geographic star Casey Anderson and an 800-lb grizzly bear named Brutus

Casey Anderson, the host of National Geographic’s “Expedition Grizzly,” met a month-old bear cub in a wildlife preserve in 2002, whom he affectionately named Brutus. Little Brutus was destined to remain in captivity or, more likely, ev
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ebook, 272 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Pegasus Books (first published September 4th 2010)
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Susan
May 27, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that animal books are popular lately, and being an animal lover, I've picked up a few. The Story of Brutus: My Life with Brutus the Bear and the Grizzlies of North America, by Casey Anderson, is the story of Anderson, who works with National Geographic, and his "pet" grizzly bear, Brutus. Anderson has raised Brutus from babyhood, and he takes us through their adventures. Anderson is really good with animals, and yet he details some harrowing stories: the time Brutus almost escaped a tra ...more
Sarah
Jan 12, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One can be forgiven for thinking that this book is the biography of one Brutus the grizzly bear; the title is somewhat misleading. The Story of Brutus is more of a practical guide to animal behavior. Casey Anderson has worked in wild-animal sanctuaries all of his adult life. He has spent a lifetime observing, and cultivating relationships with, North America's large wild predators. Brutus is a particularly good-humored grizzly whom Anderson adopted from a sanctuary as a young cub.

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Cayleigh
Jan 23, 2011 Cayleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
This is the story of Casey Anderson and his lifelong connection with animals, in particular the Grizzly bear Brutus that he has raised. Brutus' mother was a bear that had been raised in captivity and he was born there, but the center got too full so it was either Casey take him or they'd have to put him down. So Casey, having formed an instant bond with Brutus took him and eventually founded the Montana Grizzly Encounter a sanctuary for Grizzly bears. Where “All of our bears were born in unfortu ...more
Susan
Apr 24, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not such a fan of animals. I like the zoo, but I really don't like pet-type animals at all. The author talks about how some people just have a good animal vibe - animals automatically like them and feel safe with them. And others when they walk into the park all the animals' hair stand on end and all the animals are tense and growling. Anyway, I'm definitely the latter type of person and I still really liked this book.

The friendship of Casey and Brutus, a grizzly bear, is not told in chronol
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Angela
Sep 03, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Really enjoyed reading this book. We watch Casey Anderson's show America the Wild as a family. My husband and I had the opportunity to go on a Summer Expedition with Casey and his crew which was amazing. If you ever get the opportunity I highly recommend it. During the expedition Casey told us many stories and I found many of those stories in the book. The book is written in a very laid back style very similar to how he told the stories in person. It was great to hear how his experiences with ...more
Jackie Turmel
Jul 13, 2015 Jackie Turmel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome

This book is an amazing insight into the lives of grizzly bears. It's very educational and an overall fun read.
Sherri Anderson
Jun 29, 2015 Sherri Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Casey is a wonderful writer and quite poetic. I enjoyed the book.
Robert Binkowski
It seems to happen only when I stop actively seeking that I find a sense of the spirit that inhabits all living things. This book revealed its secrets to me slowly and it allowed me to cry quietly, and in wonder, and with hope.
Thank you, Casey Anderson.
David Ward
The Story of Brutus: My Life With Brutus the Bear and the Grizzlies of North America by Casey Anderson (Pegasus Books 2010) (599.784). The author raised a bear from a cub. He says that Tim Treadwell died because he knew no grizzly body language. He believes that Alaskan brown bears are more tolerant of humans and much less dangerous than Yellowstone grizzlies. My rating: 6/10, finished 2011. ...more
Jenni
Feb 10, 2014 Jenni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
This book was interesting, but I was expecting it to be more about Brutus and less about Casey so I found myself skimming a lot of it. You can tell he's not a writer, but there were some fun stories and I did really enjoy all the parts about Brutus, just wish there were more of them!
Fredrika
Jun 16, 2015 Fredrika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book isn't worth reading. It's an interesting story, but it doesn't need a whole book to tell it. I skimmed through. A video would tell the story better.
Ann Beth
Oct 15, 2013 Ann Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laughed, cried, and also learned a lot. We met Casey and Brutus at the Montana Grizzly Encounter last spring and was nice to find out more of the story.
Vanessa
Interesting perspective on man's relationship with the wild, especially those raised in captivity, and our responsibility to those animals.
Mark Matzke
hardly a focused book, but enough cute anecdotes to suffice. My son and I love Brutus and the "Expedition Wild" show
Monica
Apr 20, 2013 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I also could really relate to the author and how he grew up and feels about wildlife.
Michele Anderson
Aug 19, 2011 Michele Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. About grizzly bears. As a camper/hiker, good to know.
Michele Fuller
Feb 20, 2013 Michele Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it Casey! Way to go!
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