Panther, rescued as orphaned kitten, gives birth - New York News

Florida Panther, rescued as orphaned kitten, gives birth

Posted: Updated:
Image courtesy FWC. Image courtesy FWC.
  • Panther, rescued as orphaned kitten, gives birthMore>>

  • Fla. panther, rescued as kitten, released in forest

    Fla. panther, rescued as kitten, released in forest

    Friday, February 1 2013 5:35 PM EST2013-02-01 22:35:10 GMT
    A Florida panther was released near Naples more than a year after being rescued as a kitten. Florida FWCC biologists turned her loose in the Picayune Strand State Forest.
    A Florida panther was released near Naples more than a year after being rescued as a kitten. Florida FWCC biologists turned her loose in the Picayune Strand State Forest.
COPELAND (AP) -

A female Florida panther rescued as an orphaned kitten and raised in captivity has given birth, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Wednesday.

Biologists report the panther gave birth about a month ago, about four months after her release back into the wild. They found her kitten Saturday at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in southwest Florida, near where the mother was released.

"We were very excited to find this panther's kitten," said Dave Onorato, an 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."

The panther mother was rescued alongside her brother as 5-month-old kittens in September 2011 after their mother was found dead. Both panthers were raised in the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee and released as young adults.

Biologists placed a collar that tracked the movements of both panthers and recently discovered the female had been staying confined to one general area, indicating that she had given birth and was staying close to the den where she was keeping her kitten, said FWC spokesman Kevin Baxter.

Biologists discovered the den behind a tree and waited for the mother panther to leave before approaching the kitten. The kitten was then evaluated and tagged for identification to document whether she one day becomes part of the endangered adult population.

"Kitten survival rates are pretty low, but this kitten looked healthy and feisty," Onorato said.

About 100 to 160 adult and adolescent panthers remain in South Florida.

MORE INFO: http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2013/june/26/panther-birth/

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Skydiver dies after crashing into NJ backyard

    Skydiver dies after crashing into NJ backyard

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:10:41 GMT
    New Jersey NewsNew Jersey News
    A 49-year-old sky diver from Brooklyn died after crashing into the backyard of a home in New Jersey. According to officials, Arkady Shenker wore a specialized parachute during the jump. Shenker was known to be an experienced skydiver who had more than 300 jumps under his belt.
    A 49-year-old sky diver from Brooklyn died after crashing into the backyard of a home in New Jersey. According to officials, Arkady Shenker wore a specialized parachute during the jump. Shenker was known to be an experienced skydiver who had more than 300 jumps under his belt.
  • Prenuptial digital privacy clauses gain popularity

    Prenuptial digital privacy clauses gain popularity

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:08 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:08:56 GMT
    Realty TV star Kim Kardashian probably wished she did have one before she walked down the aisle with Kris Humphries. We might never have known about Tiger Woods' cheating ways if he had one. And figure skater Johnny Weir is insisting on one as part of his post-nuptial agreement. What is it? A digital privacy clause.
    Realty TV star Kim Kardashian probably wished she did have one before she walked down the aisle with Kris Humphries. We might never have known about Tiger Woods' cheating ways if he had one. And figure skater Johnny Weir is insisting on one as part of his post-nuptial agreement. What is it? A digital privacy clause.
  • Record stores survive and thrive in Brooklyn

    Record stores survive and thrive in Brooklyn

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:04 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:04:57 GMT
    When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me.
    When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices