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    Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning
    http://tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll...807010322/1010

    Adam Warwick's love for animals is earning him marriage proposals and endless interviews with everyone from "Good Morning America" to Fox News Network. Why?

    He rescued a 375-pound black bear from drowning in the Gulf of Mexico off Alligator Point. This hero's story started Saturday when residents spotted the bear roaming their neighborhood in Alligator Point, just 40 miles from Tallahassee, and called the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    The male bear hid under a beachfront home. Fish & Wildlife representatives shot it with a tranquilizer dart so they could move it to a remote location in the wild. But the gigantic bear didn't immediately respond to the drug.

    Instead, it bolted into the Gulf. Warwick, 31, a 200-pound Sopchoppy biologist with Fish & Wildlife, noticed the bear displaying signs of distress as it swam. He dived in.

    "It was just the spur of the moment," he said. "I'd never be able to live with myself if he drowned."

    He kept one arm under the bear. The other gripped the bear's neck to keep its head above water. The bear's claws scraped the tops of Warwick's feet below the water's surface. Oyster shells pierced the bottoms of his feet.

    And, he said, he swallowed a lot of saltwater.

    "I'm a good swimmer. I used to watch a lot of 'Baywatch,'" he said jokingly.

    He got the animal back to shore. Thad Brett, a general contractor, loaded it into the bucket of a backhoe.

    "It's good to have good guys like (Warwick) around," Brett said by news release. "We're real glad to have the FWC come out and help us."

    Warwick said his agency typically gets no more than two reports of bear spottings near Alligator Point in a year. More reports come from Carrabelle and Lanark Village, where vegetation is thicker, Fish & Wildlife spokesman Henry Cabbage said.

    This bear, meanwhile, has been relocated to the Osceola National Forest near Lake City. As for the three marriage proposals, Warwick isn't interested: He already has a wife, Joyce.

    "I guess," he said, "this is my 15 minutes (of fame)."


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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    yup hes an idiot
    All animals are equal, but some are more equal then others. -George Orwell

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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    Cool Story!!
    Eat, Sleep ,Fish

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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    Great story!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    It was Name:  fireinsane[1].gif
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    There is a very thin line between bravery and stupidity. I think he walked with one foot on both sides this time!

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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    In one way you want to say that the guy is a NUT !!! Then on the other... one helluva nice job. But I bet he would ONLY do that while the bear was nearly out. I found myself saying.. ahhhhh no, I couldn't and wouldn't do that. So my hats off to him.

    PLL

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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    nice post and a wonderful story. He was a big one for a florida black bear. They are coming back from all the bears that were placed in Tate's Hell WMA over the years. Glad they did go after him as they shot him.


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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    Great job. I don't know if I could have done that. But your right, there was that fine line between insane and brave.
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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    IS There Anyone out there
    That could/would have
    Just stood there onshore
    and
    Just
    Watched that BEAR Drown?

    CptBil & Bugs

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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    Quote Originally Posted by cptbil
    IS There Anyone out there
    That could/would have
    Just stood there onshore
    and
    Just
    Watched that BEAR Drown?

    Not I
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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    Quote Originally Posted by cptbil
    IS There Anyone out there
    That could/would have
    Just stood there onshore
    and
    Just
    Watched that BEAR Drown?

    no cptbil i couldnt either, my heart is too big for my own good...
    Never miss a good chance to shut up. -Will Rogers

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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    Quote Originally Posted by cptbil
    IS There Anyone out there
    That could/would have
    Just stood there onshore
    and
    Just
    Watched that BEAR Drown?

    nope I'd have to go get him too, hope he has found a nice new place to call home in the Osceola Forest.
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    Enjoy the dig, treasure the time

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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    WOW, GREAT MAN.

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    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    Holy cow what a story.

    Burdie

  15. #15
    BIG61AL

    Re: Man saves 375-pound bear from drowning

    I think he was extremly brave

 

 

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