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Bears have an incredible sense of smell, and when they’re hungry bears will go to some pretty crazy extremes to get their paws on a snack. Bears are also very intelligent, so once they learn that humans provide a seemingly endless supply of snacks, by way of garbage or half-eaten candy bars that get left behind, they will search out residential areas to find something tasty to eat.

In this particular story, a 400-pound black bear set out to follow his nose and wandered all the way from his home in Osceola National Forest to a residential area in Alligator Point, Florida. When he was discovered shuffling through one of the residents garbage, wildlife authorities set out to capture and return the bear back to his forest home…this is when things started to go horribly wrong.

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)
 

Once the bear was located authorities attempted to sedate the bear–as a 400-pound, claw-weilding black bear is not exactly the most cooperative animal–this would be the safest way they could transport him back to his home. But the bear had other plans…

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)
 

After being hit with a tranquilizer dart, the bear took off towards the ocean and hopped into the water.

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

 

As he was swimming out into the Gulf, the tranquilizers began to kick in and he became drowsy and started to drown.

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

Luckily, Adam Warwick, a biologist with the Wildlife Commission was nearby…

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

Without even flinching at the size and strength of the bear, Warwick grabbed a hold of the floundering animal.

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

The bear was beginning to lose feeling in his legs and struggled to crawl onto Warwick to stay afloat.

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

Knowing he would need to act quickly and stay as calm as possible, Warwick began to drag the bear to shore.

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

 The bear was having trouble keeping his head above the water, losing more and more mobility. 

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

But the brave biologist just kept swimming, despite the growing weight of the 400-pound bear. 

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

Warwick managed to tow the bear the entire 25 yards to land. 

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

Finally on shore, the groggy bear and exhausted Warwick were hoisted onto land.

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

The bear weighed too much for the crew to handle, so they used a tractor bucket to move the sedated bear.

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

Warwick made sure the sleepy bear made it safely onto the transport vehicle. Surely, if the bear hadn’t been so groggy he would have given Warwick a big bear hug. 

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)

Back at Osceola National Forest, the bear is looking MUCH happier…it’s going to be a long time before this guy goes rummaging through human garbage again! 

This Man did the Unthinkable to Rescue a 400-lb Black Bear! (PHOTOS)
 


 

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699 comments on “Brave Man Saving a Drowning 400-lb Black Bear Is Possibly one of the Greatest Rescue Stories Ever!”

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Lyn Doyle
9 Days ago

Definitely very courageous! He was in the right place at the right time. Thanks Adam!


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Joan
10 Days ago

YES, of course Adam is a hero! He is also a wildlife biologist so he knew he might stand a chance with a groggy bear, however, he didn\'t have to, but he did. Thank you Adam!


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Jeff
14 Days ago

Adam is a hero. I am 70 yr old retired California freediving, horse and dog -loving community college administrator with 10 years of living in Costa Rica, and I\'m getting out of here as soon as I can sell all. I save dogs (and the occasional horse) in absolute danger of losing their lives. So far 53 rescues, baths, vaccines, parasite treatment, basic training with discipline and LOVE ( a factor totally lacking here) before I adopt my pooches only to Americans, Canadians, and Europeans. The government and tourism department of this very evil money groveling nation have cleverly managed to convince the world that their people might enjoy such an article. Save your money, folks, stay home and enjoy our fellow Americans such as Adam Warwick, our USA, and never forget that there are no better people on this planet than your fellow Americans. In some countries, this bear would have been slaughtered just for his paws. Go, Adam!! God Bless you for having the intestinal fortitude to calculate risk/reward and go for it.


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patricia
14 Days ago

Yes, Adam is a hero! Adam took action with no regards to his own safety, he went into the water to help a frightened and hungry animal. Adam could have been seriously injured or worst killed, and then what would have become of the black bear??? The black bear would have probably been seen as some threat to society by someone and been forced to be put down. Yes, Adam is a hero and there was a happy ending for both he and the black bear! On behalf of all of us who love animals, THANK YOU Adam for stepping in, instead of stepping aside, to help.


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Nora Yudin
14 Days ago

He\'s a real hero! Thinking of the life of the bear above anything else! Risking his own life to save a precious life.


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Beryl McBride
18 Days ago

Good for you....


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Mary Prezgay
19 Days ago

So very cool.


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Zee Bearington
19 Days ago

Yes, bears for life


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Erin Colvin
20 Days ago

Absolutely


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Amber Williams
20 Days ago

Diana Fink Rieser


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