"He was very lethargic, listless, and non-responsive," said Carli Segelson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission of the U.S. about the discovery by biologists in the woods of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge last month. The kitten (SLIDESHOW HERE, VIDEO HERE) weighed only 1 lb and appeared to have been abandoned by its mother. He was taken to the Animal Specialty Hospital of Naples for emergency treatment, then transferred to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa for longer-term rehabilitation. With his healthy appetite for the milk replacement supplement he drinks, the kitten has gained 3 lbs. In a few weeks, he will be weaned and started on a meat-based diet. Although he will not be returned to the wild since he never learned to hunt, and will live out his life at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, the panther kitten will then truly be a carnivore.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM (and thanks for not abandoning me)!