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Clodfobble 07-24-2008 10:51 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 07-24-2008 10:59 PM

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

xoxoxoBruce 07-24-2008 11:14 PM

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! :eek:

Cloud 07-24-2008 11:18 PM

chinese say now blessed bear protector for life!

zippyt 07-25-2008 12:04 AM

bearBQ , its all ready washed off !!

Scriveyn 07-25-2008 01:26 AM

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

newtimer 07-25-2008 01:43 AM

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

spudcon 07-25-2008 09:41 AM

Good point Newtimer. Keep `em honest.:)

TheMercenary 07-25-2008 10:53 AM

Pretty big balls to do that.

morethanpretty 07-25-2008 11:29 AM

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 07-25-2008 11:43 AM

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...later that day

sweetwater 07-25-2008 12:45 PM

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

birdclaw 07-25-2008 01:02 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 07-25-2008 08:00 PM


Originally Posted by barefoot serpent (Post 471436)
...later that day

Ooh, them's the sort of bares I'd jump in after!

Gravdigr 07-28-2008 06:22 PM


Originally Posted by Sundae Girl (Post 471520)
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.:headshake

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

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