Bart the Bear 2, also called Bart the Bear II, Bart 2, Bart II, or Little Bart (January 20, 2000 – November 14, 2021) was a male interior Alaskan grizzly bear who appeared in several films and television series, including An Unfinished Life, Into the Wild, Evan Almighty, We Bought a Zoo, Game of Thrones, and most recently Into the Grizzly Maze. His trainers are Doug Seus and Lynne Seus of Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife, Inc., in Heber City, Utah. Bart 2 was named after the earlier Seus-trained bear Bart the Bear, although the two bears are not related.
|Other name(s)||Little Bart|
|Born||January 20, 2000|
near Paxson, Alaska, U.S.
|Died||November 14, 2021 (aged 21)|
Heber City, Utah, U.S.
|Nation from||United States|
|Owner||Doug and Lynne Seus|
|Weight||1,300 lb (590 kg)|
|Height||8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)|
|Named after||Bart the Bear|
|Bart the Bear 2 Official Website|
Bart 2 and his sister, Honey Bump, were born in January 2000. Within a few months, they were orphaned when their mother was shot and killed outside Paxson, Alaska. They were found by an Alaskan State Trooper, Gregory Fisher. Unable to survive on their own, they lived in the Fisher household with Greg’s wife, Mallie, and their two children, Hunter and Wyatt, before being officially adopted by Doug and Lynne Seus on April 26, 2000. Bart 2 was named after the Seus' well-known bear Bart the Bear, who died two weeks later in May, shortly after the Seuses adopted the cubs. Doug Seus decided to name the new male cub after the original Bart after seeing that he "had the same nature as the original Bart, and a lot of the attributes." That same year, Bart 2 made his film debut along with Honey Bump in Dr. Dolittle 2, appearing as the offspring of the bear character "Archie" (who was portrayed by another Seus-trained bear, Tank).
The childhood and young adulthood of Bart 2 and Honey Bump were the focus of two episodes of the Animal Planet channel Growing Up... series. Growing Up Grizzly (2001), hosted by Brad Pitt, focused on the cubs' first year. A second episode, Growing Up Grizzly 2 (2004), hosted by Jennifer Aniston, updated viewers on Bart and Honey Bump's life.
As a cub and young adult bear, Bart 2 was often called "Little Bart". However, since growing to his adult size of 8 feet 6 inches (2.59 m) tall and 1,100 pounds (500 kg), he has been more frequently called "Bart" or "Bart the Bear", with or without the addition of "2" or "II".
Like his predecessor Bart the Bear, Bart 2 has appeared in many Hollywood films and television series, and has also served as an ambassador for the Vital Ground Foundation, which procures threatened wildlife habitat. He has appeared with Kevin James, Emile Hirsch, and Matt Damon. His widely publicized 2013 appearance on the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, in which he was pitted against Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, received rave reviews. Bart 2's most recent appearance was in the action horror-thriller Into the Grizzly Maze.
- Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) (with Honey Bump and Tank)
- Without a Paddle (2004)
- An Unfinished Life (2005)
- Evan Almighty (2007) (with Honey Bump)
- Into the Wild (2007)
- Friends for Life (2008) (direct-to-DVD)
- Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
- Horse Crazy 2: The Legend of Grizzly Mountain (2010)
- Zookeeper (2011)
- We Bought a Zoo (2011)
- Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
- Growing Up Grizzly (2001, Animal Planet) (with Honey Bump)
- Growing Up Grizzly 2 (2004, Animal Planet) (with Honey Bump)
- Into the West (TV miniseries) (2005, TNT) (produced by DreamWorks)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation... Season 5, Episode 14, "Unbearable" (2005)
- Scrubs ... Season 5, Episode 5, "My New God" (2006)
- Game of Thrones ... Season 3, Episode 7, "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" (2013)
- Bart the Bear 2 at Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife (accessed May 15, 2015)
- "Vital Ground: Bart the Bear II and Honey Bump". Vital Ground. October 2009. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- Archibald, Lindsey (January 20, 2014). "In pictures: Meet the Hollywood Bear Who Boasts an Impressive Showreel". Scottish Daily Record. Sunday Mail Ltd. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- Prettyman, Brett (February 3, 2014). "Utah's Bart the Bear: Hollywood Star, Savior for Grizzly Habitat". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- Poladian, Charles (May 13, 2013). "Bart the Bear Steals the Show on Latest Episode of 'Game of Thrones.'". International Business Times. Newsweek Media Group. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- Vital Ground Mourns the Passing of Bart the Bear II