Borrowing taped movies from a small library in the office of a radio station building, my sister and I came across so many film treasures. Most we havn’t seen since. One one of the clips between taped Animal Planet films, we came across a small section of film that touched our hearts, and we never forgot. This was the story of Bart the Bear and the amazing, special bond he had with his trainer. The gentleness that Bart exhibited and the loving adoration he showed was unbelievable. He died a while back, but his legacy lives on. He was the perfect gentle giant, and remembering him again today, I thought it would be interesting to find out more about this wonderful, massive individual.
Born on 19 January 1977, Bart was an Alaskan Kodiak Bear – the biggest breed of bear in the world. These bears, when standing on their hind legs, are up to and over 8 foot! Bart grew to 9 foot two – HUGE!!!
‘Bart was the “spokes-bear” for the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University but his greatest role was as ambassador for the Vital Ground Foundation. Vital Ground has procured threatened wildlife habitat along the Rocky Mountain front and on Kodiak Island.’
With the money procured from acting in movies, Bart was able to help in the conservation of his species. Large reserves were bought and secured to provide a home for the diminishing numbers of his kind. This big teddy was and is a great inspiration, and he is greatly missed.