Man Jumps In Water To Save Drowning 400-Pound Bear


Most black bears – especially the American black bear – are relatively timid. It is very rare for a bear to hunt and feed on humans under normal circumstances. Most bear attacks are only experienced when the animal happens to be defending itself against anything that poses to be a threat to itself.

Bears have got an excellent sense of smell. As opportunistic omnivores, they are easily attracted to pet and human foods, as well as improperly disposed refuse to which they can solely depend on. Bears are shy animals and are usually scared of humans, but this can make them ignore their usual instinct of avoiding humans.


In 2008, a black bear was found lurking around a home in search of refuse. Soon enough, Animal Control arrived at the scene to tranquillize the “trouble bear.” However, the sedative didn’t exert any immediate effect on the animal that began to wander adventurously.

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The semi-drugged-up bear headed towards the ocean probably to take a swim. Obviously, bears are good swimmers but this bear way unable to perform its civic responsibility. Within a short period of time, his muscles became inefficient as a result of the tranquilizers he had received which had already begun to take control of him.

He tried to do some stunts, but he failed to make headway. It was obvious that he was drowning as it took a longer period of time to see him come up. It was at this point that Adam Warwick decided to risk all and save the drowning bear.


Warwick is a biologist who works with the Wildlife Commission. Saving a 400-pound bear from drowning was really a weird thing to do yet Warwick was undeterred as he momentously plunged into the ocean to rescue the bear from drowning.


Grabbing the bear by the scruff on his back, he tried to pull his head above the water surface. On a good day, if it were not for the sedative which was already at work at this time, this bear would have considered this action as a threat and could have made do with ambitious Warwick.


After successfully leading the bear back to land, the animal was no longer able to steady itself and so it tumbled due to exhaustion. Thanks to the waiting tractor at the shore that helped in transporting the 400-pound beast to safety.


Have you found a potentially dangerous wild animal? It’s probably best to seek out a qualified wildlife rehabilitator. Find one in your state here.

h/t One Green Planet

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