Florida panther kitten rescued in Collier, recovering from surgery

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A 9-month-old Florida panther has been rescued after a Golden Gate Estates man spotted the injured kitten on his way to work.

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say a homeowner in Collier County saw the panther dragging her rear leg Monday morning. When he returned home from work, he saw the panther again and notified law enforcement.

Biologists and deputies were able to locate and sedate the panther.

Veterinarians determined the kitten had a compound fracture in her rear right leg, rib fractures and bruising around a lung. All the injuries were likely caused by a vehicle collision.

The panther underwent a successful surgery and is at the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee. The FWC expects the panther to make a full recovery and return to the wild.

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