Update: Rescued Florida panther kitten doing well

TAMPA - Last week's story about a four-week-old rescued Florida panther kitten caught the attention of many.

In response, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo provided an update along with some new photos and video on Monday.

In the video, the kitten can be seen exploring and playing inside the Zoo’s veterinary clinic, receiving a weight check, taking a bottle and getting sleepy.

The male kitten weighs 4.5 pounds.

Because the kitten is being cared for in the zoo's veterinary clinic, there currently is no media or public access.

Previous report:

The male kitten was about a week old when it was discovered in mid-January by a team of panther biologists conducting research in Collier County.

The one-pound kitten had a dangerously low body temperature and was non-responsive.

"We want to give any panther kitten the best opportunity to survive in the wild," said FWC veterinarian Dr. Mark Cunningham. "But clearly this kitten was in poor condition and almost certainly would have died without intervention."

Life-saving measures were performed at a Naples Animal Hospital.  Once he was strong enough to travel, the kitten was brought to the Lowry Park Zoo where he continues to recover in the veterinary clinic.

The kitten is the fourth kitten and eighth panther to receive rehabilitation at the zoo.  Because he was so young when he was found, he will not learn survival skills and cannot be released into the wild

Once he is old enough, the panther kitten will be taken to the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park where visitors can see him.

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