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The Scoop: Swimming For Bears

I love animals, but I have to be honest and say, if I was placed in a situation like one that Adam Warwick faced last week, I'm not sure how I would respond!

Warwick, a Wildlife Officer from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission made a quick (and dangerous) decision to save a drowning bear who was shot with a tranquilizer dart after wandering into a Florida beachfront neighborhood. The 364-pound black bear was stunned after being tagged with the dart and ran straight for the nearby ocean. Warwick, acting fast on his instincts, dove in to help after seeing the bear struggle in the water:

He was losing function in his arms and legs, and was obviously in distress. I knew I had to keep him from drowning.

Although at one point the bear looked as if he was going to climb on top of Warwick to keep his head above water, he walked away with only a few scratches to show for his efforts, and the black bear was safely released into Florida’s Osceola National Forest.

If you were in Warwick's position, would you have jumped in the water to help?


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JessiShaye JessiShaye 8 years
he's my hero of the day :)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
That is an incredible story.
Just-Oh Just-Oh 8 years
I've got to be an outlier here. Black bears are very common in North America . . . don't know that I'd have the compassion that he did to jump in and save a creature that would just as soon disembowel me.
ranksubjugation ranksubjugation 8 years
If I had bear-related training -- and had just, um, drugged one up and scared it into the ocean -- I would deffo jump in to help. Poor bear must have been scared!
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
That is very courageous of him! I can't believe he lugged that almost 400 lb beast through the water like that!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Thats crazy heroic, he had to think fast!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Wow, that's awesome that he did that!
Dollylo Dollylo 8 years
Talking about heros... ;)
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
Aw, that's a sweet story.... sorta. I feel like they were obligated to save the bear to begin with because they did load it up with tranquilizers. Still, pretty cool of Warwick to take the risk of drowning himself to save the bear.
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