Rescued panther gives birth in wild
Photo: Image by Courtesy FWC
COPELAND – Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have announced the discovery of a kitten in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.
According to the FWC the mother was rescued as a kitten in 2011 and just released into the wild in January.
“We were very excited to find this panther’s kitten,” said Dave Onorato, FWC panther biologist. “The fact that this panther has given birth is positive news for the recovery of this endangered species and a testament to the hard work of all involved in its rescue and rehabilitation.”
Biologists estimate that the panther became pregnant about three weeks after her release, giving birth to a healthy baby kitten around one month ago.
“Kitten survival rates are pretty low, but this kitten looked healthy and feisty,” said Onorato. “The kitten has a chance of one day contributing to the population as well.”
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