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Florida Biologist Conducts Harrowing Tranquilized Black Bear Rescue [PICS]

Watch this tranquilized black bear rescue by a quick-thinking biologist.

Grogginess set in, and Warwick grabbed the bear by the scruff of the neck

Back in 2008, a black bear found near a residential area in Alligator Point, Florida needed to be tranquilized and relocated to keep people safe, but things didn’t quite go as planned.

According to CBS News, the bear bolted for the harbor after getting shot with the dart, and made it to the water before the drugs took effect.

RELATED: “He’s Back…” Florida Black Bear Returns After 90-Mile Relocation

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist Adam Warwick did what any other person would do, and jumped in after it.

Wait, any other person? Okay, maybe any other trained and passionate wildlife biologist, who knew right away that the bear would drown before swimming four miles to the other side of the harbor.

Check out the slideshow for pictures of the ordeal, and see how it turned out.

 

All images via Becky Bickerstaff

The bear made a run for the water after getting tranquilized

Warwick swam out to head off the 375-pound animal

Grogginess set in, and Warwick grabbed the bear by the scruff of the neck

The biologist was able to drag it to shore

A backhoe was needed to finish the job

That’s the kind of rescue story we’re big fans of: one that has a happy ending!

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Florida Biologist Conducts Harrowing Tranquilized Black Bear Rescue [PICS]