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Jul 08 2014

Man Rescues 400-Pound Black Bear From Drowning in the Gulf

In Alligator Point, Florida, a black bear that found itself in a bit of a tangle was saved by a nearby biologist. The bear was weak and on the verge of drowning when the biologist made the heroic move of jumping into the gulf to attempt to save the poor bear.

swimming man with bear

It was no easy task for Adam Warwick, considering that the animal weighed nearly four-hundred pounds. “It was a spur of the moment decision. I had a lot of adrenaline pumping when I saw the bear in the water,” said the biologist.

The bear found itself in this situation after it was shot with a tranquilizer dart. Upon impact, the bear panicked, and as a result jumped into the water to swim away. He didn’t make it very far before he started feeling the results of the tranquilizer. As he got weaker and weaker by the minute, and eventually began to lose his swimming and floating capabilities, Warwick knew action needed to be taken immediately.

By the time he got to the bear, it was hardly able to move. Warwick was so quick to act, he almost forgot that the bear weighed so much. He had to grab it from the skin on the back of his neck and struggle until he finally made it to land with the bear.

man and bear

Before it got to this point, the large bear had entered into a residential area in the town of Alligator Point, and needed to be removed from the area to ensure the safety of the residents and their belongings. The wildlife officers shot the bear with a tranquilizer in order to pacify it enough for removal. Incidents as such occur quite frequently, and the officers never imagined that such a happening as this would result from one.