Florida biologist Adam Warwick taught the world a lesson of bravery and heroism, as he risked his life to save a 400-pound black bear from drowning.
Bears can be very scary as they are extremely large, and can get up to 6 feet tall and weigh anywhere between 200-600 pounds.
They have sharp claws and teeth, and they are a lot faster than you think they would be for their size. They are highly intelligent animals and have an incredible sense of smell, so when they’re hungry, bears will go to some pretty crazy extremes to get their paws on a snack.
Therefore, this bear is a resident of Florida’s Osceola National Forest, but one day, he decided to follow his nose over to Alligator Point, a residential area nearby, and find something to eat.
It was later found red-handed shuffling through someone’s trash, so wildlife authorities followed their standard protocol to subdue it, and shot it with a tranquilizer dart.
Tranquilizers are generally regarded as a safe and humane way to diffuse a wild animal situation, but just like alcohol and drugs, they affect each animal in a different way.
In this case, as the tranquilizer started taking effect, the bear became confused and began wandering away straight into open water. It managed to make its way further out to sea and then, its legs began losing function.
At this point, Warwick instantly decided to take action and swim out to meet the bear. He hooked his arm around its neck and kept its head above water.
By this point, the bear was completely paralyzed, and eyewitnesses said that with confusion taking over, the bear struggled to climb on top of Adam as they paddled closer to shore.
Adam swam about 75 feet with the 400-pound bear, and once the bear was on land, the Osceola National Forest team used a tractor bucket to transfer it back to the forest.
Fortunately, the story had a happy ending, and while saving the life of the bar, Adam only got a few superficial scratches.
Great job, Warwick, your courageous act is praiseworthy!