Uncollared Florida Panther – and Kitten – Captured on Remote Camera

Here’s something wonderful to add to your apocalyptic doom:

For the first time ever, an uncollared Florida panther has been captured on camera moving her kittens to a new den in the 26,000-acre Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge near Naples.

The images, snapped by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ motion-triggered trail cameras, are a thrilling development for those working to save the endangered cats. A single population of 100-160 Florida panthers is all that’s left of the subspecies, which once ranged throughout most of the southeastern United States but has been whittled to near-extinction by loss of habitat and human persecution.

Kevin Godsea, FWS’s project leader of the SW Florida Gulf Coast Refuges, told HuffPost that the camera photographed the panther moving three different kittens over the course of 12 hours. Then, two months later, another camera in the area caught the group again, with all three youngsters following closely behind their mother.

Wait: Maybe that panther is moving her babies BECAUSE OF THE APOCALYPSE! That would be a cat-astrophe!

Puns like that almost make you want the world to end, huh?

• More great pics from the good folks at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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