Collier County, Florida – On Friday, representatives of the fish and wildlife took to Facebook to talk in detail about the happy reunion in the wild that took place earlier this year.
“In March, FWC staff were notified of a 4-month-old panther kitten in Collier County who had been separated from his mother,” the statement said.
The kitten was taken to the Naples Zoo for a health check, and FWC officers used a towel with the kitten’s scent to mark trails near where it was, in an attempt to find the mother.
It took three attempts, but officials were finally able to reunite the mother and kitten, and a happy moment was caught on a night vision camera.
The FWC says the couple continues to thrive, and even a few weeks after the tests they were seen on camera again.
Biologists hope to continue to monitor their progress with the help of tracking cameras.
Florida panthers are threatened with extinction; 13 of the last 14 panther deaths registered in the state, have been connected to vehicles in southwest Florida.