FWC biologists have successfully reunited Panther Keaten with her mother

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Video captures sweet reunion between Florida Panther and 4-month-old kitten

Collier County, Fla. – Fish and wildlife officials took to Facebook on Friday for details of a happy reunion in the wild that took place earlier this year.

“In March, FWC staff in Collier County were informed about a 4-month-old panther kitten that had been separated from its mother,” the post reads.

Collier County, Fla. – Fish and wildlife officials took to Facebook on Friday for details of a happy reunion in the wild that took place earlier this year.

“In March, FWC staff in Collier County were informed about a 4-month-old panther kitten that had been separated from its mother,” the post reads.

The kitten was taken to Naples Zoo for a health assessment when FWC officials used a towel containing the kitten’s scent to try to find the mother and mark the path near where it was located.

It took three attempts, but officials were finally able to reunite the mother and female kitten, and the moment of joy was captured on a night vision camera.

The FWC said the pair continued to improve and even reappeared on camera a few weeks after their reunion.

The FWC says the kitten’s expandable collar will soon be off, and after that, biologists hope to continue tracking their progress with the help of trail cameras.

Friday will also occur as Endangered Species Day, and the Florida Panthers have been federally listed as endangered.

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Panthers are the last subspecies of Puma that still survives in the eastern United States.

The Florida Panthers are critically endangered; Of the last 14 panther deaths recorded in the state, 13 have been attributed to vehicles in southwest Florida.

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