I have never heard such a story before and I think I can safely guess that the same goes for you. Here is how one brave man saved the life of a large bear, which was shot with a tranquilizer and sure to drown after it ran into the ocean.
So the male black bear had found himself roaming through a Florida neighborhood, as we’ve seen bears do before. The relevant authorities were called in and a decision was made that the bear would be tranquilized and moved back to the forest.
However, after it was shot with a tranquilizer, the bear panicked and ran towards the ocean to escape the officers. He waded in the water and started swimming out, but the tranquilizer kicked in and the bear started getting ever drowsier.
As luck would have it, Adam Warwick — a biologist with the Wildlife Commission — was on hand. Knowing what was going to happen, Adam immediately dived into the ocean, swam ahead of the 375-pound, 6.5-foot bear and blocked his path.
It was a spur of the moment decision. I had a lot of adrenaline pumping when I saw the bear in the water. I was kinda worried about walking across the mud floor and… getting stung by the sting rays actually, more so than the bear.
I just wanted to try to get in front of him to keep him from swimming out there and drowning. The bear came and waded in the water, and then he started to swim, trying to start to make the 4 mile swim across the harbor.
And so I looked at Ron, and I said, ‘Ron I gotta go out here and stop him’.
So I took off the shirt and shoes, jumped in the water, and swam in a direction so as to head him and keep him from going into deeper water.
Once I did that, I got in front of him, tried to create some splashing and some commotion, and tried to get him to go back into shore, but he wasn’t having any of that.
As the bear was losing his ability to move his legs, he recognized that the human meant to help him and tried to climb on top of Adam to stay afloat.
The biologist grabbed the bear around the neck and dragged him 25 yards to the shore. Eventually, Adam got the groggy bear ashore and, using a tractor bucket, the animal was taken back to his home in Osceola National Forest.
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