When a very large black bear invaded a Florida neighborhood, wildlife officers did what they were trained to do – and shot him with a tranquilizer.
But things didn’t go according to plan. In fact, they went very wrong.
This black bear was seen sniffing around a residential area.
Animal Control officers were called to the scene and decided to tranquilize the bear with a dart. The dart hit home, but then the bear panicked.
A Wildlife Commission biologist named Adam Warwick wasn’t going to let that happen. But he knew he had to act quickly.
Without hesitating, Adam dove right into the ocean and swam up to the huge bear.
“It was a spur of the moment decision,” he said. “I had a lot of adrenaline pumping when I saw the bear in the water.”
People couldn’t believe their eyes as they watched him pull in the 400-pound, seven-foot bear.
At one point, the bear even lunged at Adam and tried to climb on top of him to stay above the surface.
The last stretch was terrifying. What would the bear do when he regained his footing?
Finally, they made it to shore.
Somehow Adam only suffered one minor scratch during the heroic rescue.
Onlookers rushed to help the exhausted pair once they made it to shore.
They had to use a tractor to transport the bear back to Osceola National Forest, where he belonged.
That’s probably the last time he tries to go for a swim.
I’d say he looks much happier on land.