FWC rescues injured Florida Panther kitten

Kitten was likely hit by car

Author: Steve Owen, Assistant News Director, sowen@local10.com
Published On: May 15 2013 02:31:16 PM EDT   Updated On: May 15 2013 09:47:31 PM EDT
NEAR NAPLES, Fla. -

Wildlife experts rescued a badly injured Florida Panther kitten on Monday.

The panther, which is believed to be about 9-months old, was caught in Southwest Florida.

Florida Fish & Wildlife veterinarians responded after someone called to report they saw the female panther kitten dragging her rear leg.

They believe the panther was hit by a car and suffered a broken leg, broken ribs, and a bruised lung.

Surgeons at the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida placed a steal plate in the cat's leg to mend the bone together.

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Published On: May 15 2013 02:59:14 PM EDT
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Injured panther in thick brush

“We are pleased with what appears to be a successful surgery with no complications,” said Darrell Land, FWC panther team leader.