Most animal lovers would be happy to have a dog, or even a cat as their constant and loyal companion.
But naturalist Casey Anderson has taken that a step further and adopted an 58-stone grizzly bear called Brutus, who he has raised since birth.
The pair are inseparable and are so close that when Anderson married Charlie and the Chocolate Factory actress Missi Pyle in August last year, the bear stood in as best man.
Brutus is never left out and even joins in the Anderson family thanksgiving activities
Anderson insists grizzlys are misunderstood and aims to educate the public about the real nature of the creatures
Brutus shows his strength and gentle nature as he gives his special friend another high five
rson's relationship with Brutus began seven years ago when the cub was taken to an over-populated nature reserve and faced being destroyed