Monday, March 10, 2014

Rescued Panther To Be Released Into Everglades Today

Big Cypress, FL. -- Florida Wildlife Commission biologists will release a young female Florida panther back into the wild this afternoon in a remote area of Southeast Hendry County.

In May 2013, the FWC and partners rescued the panther as a kitten, because she had sustained injuries likely caused by collision with a vehicle. FWC biologists transported the panther to the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida, where she underwent surgery. 

Her injuries included a compound fracture in her rear right leg, rib fractures and bruising around the lungs. With the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the panther was taken to the White Oak, a conservation center in Yulee, FL., where she received additional care and rehabilitation. She has now fully healed from her injuries and is ready for release this afternoon said officials from the FWC.

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