The birth of England’s royal baby is probably the most talked about birth in recent memory, but there was much more exciting baby news for the wildlife community here in Florida in recent weeks.
Late last month, wildlife officials announced that a 2-year-old Florida panther who was raised in captivity and released early this year gave birth to her own kitten, which is great news for this endangered species. The adult panther was orphaned as a kitten and rescued along with a male sibling. She was released into the wild in January and became pregnant soon after.
The new kitten was a month old when it was discovered in late June in Southwest Florida at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.
Biologists have since evaluated the kitten’s health and tagged it for research purposes.
To learn more about Florida panthers, visit www.floridapanthernet.org.