A biologist from Florida is currently being hailed as a hero after he risked his own life, dived in a lake, and saved a drowning 375-pound black bear.
According to reports, the black bear was becoming too familiar and extremely close to a residential area in Alligator Point.
The incident happened near Tallahassee, Florida.
It is said that the authorities did not want to hurt the bear, they just wanted to move him away from the houses that were near the area.
Wildlife officials made a decision to trap him, in order to do so, they tranquilized the bear with a dart gun.
When the officials shot him with a tranquilizer the bear startled and ended up running towards a lake, where it eventually drowned.
The poor bear managed to swim at least 25 yards into the lake before it became drowsy.
Luckily, Adam Warwick, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was there to help.
Adam dived in and saved the bear.
Such a heroic move sir!
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I jumped in. It was a spur of the moment decision. I had a lot of adrenaline pumping when I saw the bear in the water. I wanted to keep him from swimming into deeper water.
The bear started to move his leg and became distressed.
Adam tried to create a splash to get the bear back to shore, however, the bear was extremely confused.
At one point, Adam fell backward and started to sink under the water.
Adam knew at this point that he had to keep the bear away from drowning, and a number of seconds after, the bear popped his head out of the water.
The good thing is that the man managed to save the bear and only managed to get a single scratch from the bear.
The bear was reportedly loaded in a tractor and was released in the Osceola National Forest.