Bear Rescue in Florida
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.
  
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The tranquilizer dart sent the bear into a panic.  
H
e ran towards the Inland Waterway, evading officers.
  
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As he swam further and further out,
he became drowsy
and started to drown.
But Adam Warwick,
a biologist with the Wildlife
Commission,
wasn't about
to let that happen.
Adam went into the water after
the bear (yes, after a bear!!!)
to stop him from going under.
  
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"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."
  
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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.
  
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He seemed to become calm when under the man's control.
  
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Adam's determination finally got the 400-pound wild creature
safely back into shallow water.
  
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Adam suffered only a scratch from the rescue.
  
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Once they reached the shore, other team members came to help.
  
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The team was able to use a tractor bucket to transport the bear
back 
to his home in Osceola National Forest.
  
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Adam rode with him back home
— 
a sight that you don't see on the highway every day-  
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where he is safe and happy again!
  
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