This Rescued Florida Panther Kitten Is Actually Too Cute
Part of an endangered breed, biologists discovered the abandoned kitten weeks ago nonresponsive and with a dangerously low body temperature. Now the kitten is totally healthy at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
A baby Florida panther was found "in the wilderness, nonresponsive and with an extremely low body temperature."
Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida discovered the kitten at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.
"We want to give any panther kitten the best opportunity to survive in the wild. But clearly this kitten...almost certainly would have died without intervention,” said FWC veterinarian Dr. Mark Cunningham.
“This kitten exemplifies how joint efforts of the FWC, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners are helping recover imperiled species in Florida,” said Kevin Godsea, manager of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge for the USFWS.
Zoo officials still haven't named the kitten, but we'll hopefully get an announcement soon!
Luckily, he's very healthy and super cute, no matter what his name is.
Here's a video explaining the kitten's amazing story so far: