September 13, 2009 in Region

Grizzly gets swim lessons in pool

Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. — A 7-year-old learning how to swim at the local pool is nothing new.

Unless it’s an 800-pound grizzly bear taking the plunge.

Brutus the bear slapped the water a few times and gingerly backed into the East Helena pool while onlookers gawked Thursday.

Casey Anderson was teaching Brutus, born in captivity, how to swim and catch fish for a National Geographic special called “Expedition Kodiak,” scheduled to air next year.

Twelve-year-old Mauri Erickson walked over from her house and says it was really cool to see a bear swimming in her favorite pool.

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