This is one crazy story.
Saving a bear from drowning doesn’t seem like a situation many people would want to be in.
Black bears are the most common bear species found in North America. These bears can grow to be quite large, with males reaching weights of over 600 pounds occasionally. Despite their size, black bears are surprisingly agile and can move quickly when they need to. They are excellent climbers and often climb trees to avoid predators, threats or find food.
Another impressive ability of black bears is their swimming. Bears are excellent swimmers and can easily cross large bodies of water, including rivers and lakes. Black bears have large paws and strong legs that help push them through the water. They also have world-class endurance, capable of running or swimming at high speeds for miles.
But, this bear has a unique set of problems… he was drugged.
Wildlife officers had to tranquilize this black bear in Florida when he wandered into a residential neighborhood.
When the bear was shot, it took off running trying to get away from the officers, and opted for safety in the water. It ended up getting pretty far out into the water before the tranquilizer set in… meaning the bear could easily drown.
A wildlife biologist jumped to action when he realized the bear was in trouble:
“It was a spur of the moment decision. I had a lot of adrenaline pumping when I saw the helpless bear in the water dying”
Adam Warwick jumped into the water and swam out to rescue the bear. He grabbed ahold of the drowning bear keeping its head above water until he could get it to safety.
The serious of pictures captured the whole event.
Adam could’ve easily taken a swipe from the panicked bear, putting both Adam and the bear’s lives in jeopardy, however, the bear seemed to be pretty calm under Adam’s care.
That is a wild scenario but it shows how much these wildlife officials care about the work they do.
Adam suffered just a scratch, and the team was able to use a tractor bucket to transport the bear back to his home in Osceola National Forest.
A once-in-a-lifetime occurrence for sure.
Woman Risks It All Trying To Get Up Close To A Brown Bear
How many times do we have to see a video like this and just shake our heads?
I have a funny feeling it’s a never-ending cycle and there will always be some ignorant person that thinks they’re in a petting zoo. It’s a WILD ANIMAL lady…
And as long as Instagram is still a thing, people will continue to do dumb stuff for the sake of a picture…
If you are on the side of a road, just enjoy it from a safe distance… or maybe even, I don’t know… stay in your car? You probably aren’t a nature photographer if you are using a cellphone so let’s play it safe.
Especially with an animal like a brown bear, these things are absolute killers. It could shred you to pieces and not think twice about it.
Here, we have a crowd of people stop to watch a brown bear sitting on a roadside somewhere in Romania. A couple people are far too close but the bear seems very unconcerned about it.
Then, the dumbest one in the bunch looks around as if waiting for someone to tell her no. She looks back at the bear and takes two steps closer…
Well, the bear didn’t like that and lunged at her in one swift motion as she fleas as fast as she can.
She almost was bear food…
Let’s do better people.
Grizzly Bear Charges Idiot Tourist At Yellowstone National Park
I never wish for anybody to get hurt, but I get so much joy out of these bozos walking up to wild animals at Yellowstone National Park.
Bison, elk, bears… whatever the animal is, Bob and Nance get the ol’ camera phone fired up, hop out of the car, and walk right into its kitchen.
And then, they’re surprised when a grizzly bear acts like…. a grizzly bear.
According to USA Today, a woman was filmed at Yellowstone last year, walking right up near a group of bears.
Many of the other park visitors tried to warn her, but she just had to get that picture for the Gram.
Lucky for her, the bear only gave her a bluff charge, which was enough to make her turn her back to the bear (another genius move) and walk away, but it could’ve been MUCH, MUCH worse…
But in all reality, the bear peeled off before she even knew what was happening.
All it takes is a second…
UPDATE: She was sentenced to four days in jail
Samantha Dehring was charged after pleading guilty to willfully remaining, approaching, and photographing wildlife within 100 yards.
The other count of feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentionally disturbing wildlife, was dismissed.
According to NPR, she received a four day jail sentence, a number of fines, probation, and a one-year ban from Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone Ranger Stops Charging Grizzly With Rubber Bullets
Some of the wildest footage you’ll ever see has emerged from one the wildest places on the planet, Yellowstone National Park.
A park ranger was reportedly outside of his vehicle attempting to direct traffic when he was suddenly charged by an aggressive male grizzly bear. The bear appears to possibly have been limping on its front leg, which could explain its aggressive behavior.
The video was recorded on Friday, the same day that a grizzly bear mauled a hiker in a different part of the park.
The park ranger is caught off guard by the charging bear, but he’s able to retreat behind his truck bed and fire off some rubber bullets in self defense.
Once the bear retreats for the woods, the ranger then uses explosive devices (presumably bird bombs) to drive the bear further away with the loud noise.
Wildlife Photographer Details The Encounter
Wildlife photographer Deby Dixon reportedly spoke with a Yellowstone bear manager about the issue and relayed a massage on social media that helps contextualize the situation in the video.
“This is why visitors should maintain their distance from the bears. This guy meant business!
This boar had been following a sow around all day, in Yellowstone, and was reported to have charged about 6 cars throughout the day when people blocked the bear’s path.
Apparently, the sow would cross the road and then people would pull their car up in front of the boar to get photos, blocking him from reuniting with his girlfriend. As you can see, getting between a grizzly and what he wants can be bad news.”
Yellowstone recommends that visitors stay a minimum of 100 yards away from bears, especially when they can’t safely get back to their vehicles. Because even if you’re 100 yards from that bear, he’ll run you down in a hurry if you can’t get to safety.
And despite the scary incident, Dixon added that a number of tourists were still out of their cars and walking around near the area where the bear was.
“Even after this boar charged the ranger, several visitors and photographers were still standing along the road, watching the sow leave, despite not knowing where the boar had gone.”