Bears are notoriously difficult and temperamental creatures. In the wild, humans are advised to stay clear of them.
Especially when they’re hungry.
Except for one man who risked his life to save a famished, cranky and semi-tranquilized black bear from drowning in the Gulf of Mexico.
This particular black bear had wandered out of his Osceola National Forest home in Alligator Point, Florida in search of food.
All 400 starving pounds of ursine found himself in a residential area where he started searching through the garbage.
Because human leavings always taste better than bugs and honey.
Residents called wildlife authorities who promptly arrived to capture the bear and return him into the forest.
Things started to go terribly wrong, however, when they shot the bear with a tranquilizer gun.
Smokey took a hit but continued running for dear life.
Instead of cooperating and falling into a faint, the bear ran off instead. All the way to the ocean’s edge where he jumped in.
Almost like he was starting off on the first leg of an ultra-marathon.
Unfortunately, just as he was swimming to escape, the tranquilizers kicked in, and the bear started drowning as drowsiness overcame him.
Enter Adam Warwick, a biologist working for the Wildlife Commission. A brawny man himself, Adam wasted no time in jumping in after the drowning bear.
The water chase begins.
Grabbing the huge floundering ball of waterlogged fur, Adam started to tow the 400-pound mammal to shore.
As with all drowning creatures, the bear tried to save itself by crawling up on Adam, nearly sending him under.
The overwhelmed human and the gasping, floundering bear.
Still, Adam kept his calm and continued to drag the ursine to land. All the while, the black bear was losing more feeling in its limbs and struggling to keep its head above water.
Which meant Adam was lugging 400 pounds through water. All. By. Himself.
Fortunately, both man and exhausted, nearly unconscious bear made their way to shore, where they were hoisted back to land.
Watch the video to see the rescue unfold
Back on terra firma, the rest of the Wildlife Commission crew found the bear so heavy they had to use a tractor to move the now completely sedated animal to the transport vehicle.
Smokey goes beddy-bye.
Eventually, they returned ol’ Smokey back to the Osceola National Forest where he appeared much happier to be back.
If he wasn’t in such a hurry to run off, he would’ve given Adam a big bear hug for saving his life, too.
Adorable German Shepherd Has The Best Reaction to the Wolves of Zootopia Movie
When this German Shepherd Dog hears the song of his people, he does what any sensible dog would do and shows his support.
You've all seen Zootopia, right? Unless you're one of those folks who adamantly refuse to watch kids' animated films, you've probably seen this one. After all, it's fun, family-friendly, and still pretty funny even if you're an adult.
Well, it's not just humans who absolutely loved this film. Because this adorable German shepherd just couldn't help himself when he hears the howling wolves. And as shown in the movie, one howl leads to a chain reaction of subsequent doggie howls!
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A Husky Helped Rescue a Kitten, and Now They’re The Tightest BFFs
How adorable are these two?
When friendship forms among the unlikeliest of animals, it’s a joy to behold. Here are two species who’ve been portrayed as bitter enemies since forever but apparently, these two didn’t get the memo.
Pet owner Thoa Bui adopted a 3-week-old kitten a year and a half ago. Unfortunately, it was weak, lethargic, limp, and refused to eat. Bui was worried it wouldn’t survive.
So she let the tiny fur ball cuddle with one of her huskies, Lilo.
This Friendly Dog Walks 4 Miles Every Day Just to Say Hi To Everyone In Town
Bruno is a local dog from Longville, Minnesota who always walks into town to greet everyone!
There's a huge difference between being a wanderer and being a stray. This distinction is evident in a surprisingly friendly dog from Longville, Minnesota. This friendly dog's name is Bruno, and for the past 12 years, he has been walking 4 miles to town just to say hello to the townspeople.
Ears up, tongue down, Bruno makes the daily commute from Lake Country to town. And while not everyone in the town is acquainted with each other, every one of the townspeople know Bruno.