Skip Nav
Taylor Swift
26 Times You Wished You Were Taylor Swift's Cats
Pet Advice
How to Keep Dogs Happy While You're Away
Kind Stranger Gives Earless Old Cat a Chance When No One Else Would

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?


Around The Web
Join The Conversation
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.
Who Won the National Dog Show in 2010 and What Is the Dog Show on Thanksgiving Called and Clooney the Irish Setter
Disney World to Open Pet Resort
Photos of The Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, Miami
Popular Parenting News Week of June 16 to 22, 2014
Slim Aarons Photograph of Fontainebleau Hotel's Cat-Shaped Pool in Miami
Who Won the 2010 AKC/Eukanuba Dog Show?
Knut the Polar Bear Born on Dec. 5, 1996 and His Fourth Birthday Celebration in Germany
Popular Parenting News Week of April 21 to 27, 2014
JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case Information

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds