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Old 07-24-2008, 10:51 PM   #1
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July 25, 2008: Bear Rescue

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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.
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:59 PM   #2
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He's eyein the chuck on that bear.. can't let it get all soggy now.
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:14 PM   #3
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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!
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:18 PM   #4
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chinese say now blessed bear protector for life!
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:04 AM   #5
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bearBQ , its all ready washed off !!
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:26 AM   #6
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:43 AM   #7
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He wasn't swimming bear; the article said he kept his underwear on.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:41 AM   #8
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Good point Newtimer. Keep `em honest.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:53 AM   #9
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Pretty big balls to do that.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:29 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:43 AM   #11
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...later that day
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:45 PM   #12
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And forever after he was known as "Grizzly Adam" Warwick.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:02 PM   #13
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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!
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:00 PM   #14
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Ooh, them's the sort of bares I'd jump in after!
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:22 PM   #15
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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)
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