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   Clodfobble  Thursday Jul 24 11:51 PM

July 25, 2008: Bear Rescue

Happy Friday!

This wildlife officer working on the coast of Florida put his own life in danger when he dove into the ocean to save a black bear from drowning. The bear had wandered into a residential area looking for food, and a warden had shot it with a tranquilizer dart to take it back to the forest. But the bear was so large that the dart did not immediately drop it to the ground, and instead the bear staggered into the water in a daze.

Adam Warwick, who works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, realized the bear was in danger of drowning. He stripped to his underwear, dove into the water and wrapped his arm around the bear's neck to keep its head above water.

The rescue was successful, and Warwick escaped with only a few scratches, despite the fact that the creature weighed over 350 lbs. and was, you know, a bear.

"I had no idea what I was getting myself into," he said. "It was a spur of the minute decision. I was swimming toward the bear, trying to prevent him from swimming into deeper water. He was losing function in his arms and legs and was obviously in distress."

Once ashore (and finally passed out,) the bear was loaded onto a truck and returned to its home in the woods, completely unharmed.

Bullitt  Thursday Jul 24 11:59 PM

He's eyein the chuck on that bear.. can't let it get all soggy now.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 25 12:14 AM

I saw an interview with this guy right after it happened. He said the bear wanted to get out of the water... by climbing on him!

Cloud  Friday Jul 25 12:18 AM

chinese say now blessed bear protector for life!

zippyt  Friday Jul 25 01:04 AM

bearBQ , its all ready washed off !!

Scriveyn  Friday Jul 25 02:26 AM

I'll have white wine with the f...... - no wait <where's that scratching my head-icon>

newtimer  Friday Jul 25 02:43 AM

He wasn't swimming bear; the article said he kept his underwear on.

spudcon  Friday Jul 25 10:41 AM

Good point Newtimer. Keep `em honest.

TheMercenary  Friday Jul 25 11:53 AM

Pretty big balls to do that.

morethanpretty  Friday Jul 25 12:29 PM

I want a pic of him right after the bear is rescued, to see the extent of the damage the bear did. Not to see naked wildlife warden's wet body, of course not. I doubt the man who just pulled a 350lb animal out the water is anything to take a second look at.

barefoot serpent  Friday Jul 25 12:43 PM

...later that day

sweetwater  Friday Jul 25 01:45 PM

And forever after he was known as "Grizzly Adam" Warwick.

birdclaw  Friday Jul 25 02:02 PM

the "warden" should have had the tranquilizer gun from Old School then the whole thing could have been prevented. Dude, you have dart in your neck!

Sundae  Friday Jul 25 09:00 PM

Originally Posted by barefoot serpent View Post
...later that day
Ooh, them's the sort of bares I'd jump in after!

Gravdigr  Monday Jul 28 07:22 PM

Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
Ooh, them's the sort of bares I'd jump in after!
Sundae, them's the kind of bears that ain't interested!!! In females, anyway.

Big, hairy, & gay...(shudder)

Sundae  Tuesday Jul 29 06:20 AM

I see the beads now - Mardi Gras?

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