No matter how brave we might think we are, we’re still nowhere near this man who jumped into the Gulf of Mexico to save a bear. The wild animal was first found roaming around a neighborhood before wildlife experts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were called to get him back into his natural habitat.
The officers shot the bear with a tranquilizer gun, which caused the bear to panic and jump into the nearby water. As he began to swim further out, the tranquilizer began to take effect and slowly bring him to sleep. However, this began to worry everyone watching the interaction, and they realized they needed to help the animal.
That’s when a biologist named Adam Warwick jumped in to save the day.
“I just wanted to try to get in front of him and keep him from swimming out there and drowning,” Warwick later told his local CBS News Station.
He further elaborated on the entire interaction, saying:
“I got in front of him, tried to create some splashing and some commotion and tried to get him to go back to shore. But he wasn’t having any of that. The scariest part was probably when he decided — he started looking at me as if he wanted to climb up on me to keep from drowning and, at one point, he reared up on his hind legs, so I’m looking at a six-and-a-half-foot tall bear. Instead of lunging forward, he fell straight back and was submerged for a couple of seconds and, that’s kinda when I moved in.”
Warwick was able to grab a hold of the groggy animal and keep his head afloat until they reached shore. Even with all of the sharp barnacles and concrete that laid around the area, he kept pushing through the entire way until both he and the bear were on land.
The bear was put on a truck and returned to his natural habitat in the Osceola National Forest groggy, but unscathed.
Hopefully, he stays there!
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