June 29, 2008

Macho Bio

Everybody knows that scientists are nerdy little dudes in long white coats, right?


Florida biologist saves drowning bear

Photo from Telegraph.co.ukThe 375lb beast had been roaming a residential area at Alligator Point, near Tallahassee, when wildlife officers decided to trap it and move it away from houses.

They shot the bear with a tranquiliser dart, spooking the animal, which raced toward the water. With the tranquilising dart taking longer than expected to have an affect on the animal, it managed to swim at least 25 yards before becoming drowsy.

That was when Adam Warwick, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, decided the bear may need rescuing and dived in...

Mr Warwick kept one arm underneath the bear gripped the scruff of the bear's neck with the other to keep its head above water as he dragged the animal back to shore...
Well that's pretty macho, but if I ever saw a 375 lb. Tenebrionid beetle, I wouldn't wait for someone to shoot it with a tranquilizer gun. I'd wrestle it to the ground while it was fully conscious.

As long as someone had pumped some tranquilizers into me first.

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