Black bears are huge. These giant creatures can grow up to 6 feet tall and weigh around 400-600 pounds. So an encounter with such a large wild animal is not something you would want on your bucket list. But this Florida biologist proved the love for wildlife can help you overcome this fear after he rescued a giant black bear from drowning.
While black bears are widespread in North America, it’s pretty easy to see why people got panic when they spotted one in Florida. This 400-pound bear, fueled by its incredible sense of smell, has finally reached a residential area in Alligator Point, Florida. Once he was there, the bear began to dig the residents’ trash. However, it didn’t take so long until the frightened people alerted the authorities.
Within minutes, wildlife officials were on the scene. They tried to calm the animal down to bring it back to the forest. However, things took a turn for the worse!
After being hit by a tranquilizer dart, the bear panicked and rushed into the sea. In the end, he got into the water – not the smartest move for a sedated animal. Luckily, Adam Warwick, a biologist with the Wildlife Commission, had no intention of standing there and observing. So he jumped into the ocean in a risky attempt to save the bear.
So imagine swimming about 75 feet with a 400lb bear to shore. It must be a really tough challenge. Such a dramatic rescue that this hero completed it perfectly. After some tough moments, Adam managed to pull the bear out of the water.
Needless to say, the rescue could have turned out to be something catastrophic for both the animal and Adam. However, while the bear was unharmed, Adam suffered a few scratches.
Eventually, the black bear returned to the Osceola National Forest, where it was. All thanks to this brave man. Thank you, Adam!