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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.

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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.

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The Florida panther is an endangered breed, so they decided to rescue the little kitten to further conservation efforts.

"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.

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From there, he went to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, where he's proudly the "fourth kitten and eighth panther to receive rehabilitation at the zoo," according to the FWC.

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“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.

Here's a video explaining the kitten's amazing story so far:

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