Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

I’m sure you’ve seen the news stories here and there about bears and other wildlife that have wandered into neighborhoods. Most of the time they’re looking for food. I always feel bad for them. They don’t know to stay away. People and bears are a dangerous mix. When a gigantic black bear wandered into a Florida neighborhood, wildlife officers were called in to help tranquillize the bear and take him back into the wild where he would be safe. Then things went very wrong.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

Here he is, looking for a little snack in the Florida neighborhood.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

That’s when wildlife official shot him with a tranquilizer dart. You can see the dart in his back in this picture. The tranquilizer dart scared and disoriented him.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

He was confused and headed out into the water. At that time, the tranquilizer kicked in and he started to drown.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

In comes Adam Warwick, the manliest man alive. He is a biologist with the wildlife commission. And obviously, a huge animal lover and all around bad-ass.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

He grabbed the bear by the neck and started swimming.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

He said that he didn’t think twice when he saw the bear in the water, he jumped right in.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

This bear is over 7 feet and 400 pounds. He had A LOT of adrenaline kicking in. Adam, not the bear. The bear was out of it.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

The bear struggled a little and tried to climb on top of Adam trying to keep his head above water.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

Adam headed to the shore with the bear.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

Onlookers watched as Adam struggled to get the massive bear to shore.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

Can you guess how many scratches Adam had from the bear? One. That’s it.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

Once at the shore, Adam got assistance.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

They had to use a tractor to transport the gigantic bear.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

Adam stayed with the bear while they transported him back to his home in the Osceola National Forest.

Brave Man Saving Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly One Of The Greatest Rescue Stories Ever

Here he is, back where he belongs. In the wild. And on land.

There is an estimated 2,000 – 3,000 black bears living in the state of Florida. Do you know what to do if you see a bear? Here are a few tips just in case you run into one. Do not make eye contact. Back away slowly, do not turn your back or run. Running triggers a chase instinct. If possible make a lot of noise, bang pots or pans.  And do not climb a tree. They are excellent climbers. And above all do not offer it a pot of honey. It is not Winnie The Pooh and will not be amused.

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