A drowning 375-pound bear was rescued from the Gulf of Mexico after fleeing from a neighborhood into the surf.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists said the large bear was spotted in a neighborhood near Apalachicola in the Panhandle over the weekend.
As the tranquilizer drugs took effect, the bear began to drown in the Gulf.
However, biologist Adam Warwick jumped in to keep the bear from drowning.
Warwick managed to get the bear to shore, and then a backhoe operator helped load the animal to a truck.
The bear was relocated to Osceola National Forest near Lake City.
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