A 400-pound black bear
wandered into a residential neighborhood in Florida.
Black bears half this size have attacked and killed humans
across the nation recently and twice in Florida.
Wildlife officers sedated the bear to relocate him safely,
and that's when things began to go horribly wrong.
The tranquilizer dart sent the bear into a panic.
He ran towards the
Inland Waterway, evading
As he swam further and further out,
he became drowsy and started to drown.
But Adam Warwick,
a biologist with the Wildlife Commission,
to let that happen.
Adam went into the water after
the bear (yes, after a bear!!!)
to stop him from going under.
"It was a spur of the moment decision.
I had a lot of adrenaline pumping
when I saw the helpless bear dying in the water."
He knew the very high risk,
considering the powerful bear was scared
and could have easily become aggressive to defend itself,
killing him with a single swipe or bite.
But the bear somehow seemed to know that he was in good hands.
He seemed to become calm when under the man's control.
Adam's determination finally got the 400-pound wild creature
safely back into shallow water.
Adam suffered only a scratch from the rescue.
Once they reached the shore, other team members came to help.
The team was able to use a tractor bucket to transport the bear
back to his home in Osceola National Forest.
Adam rode with him back home
— a sight that you don't see on the highway every day-
where he is safe and happy again!