An injured panther cub was discovered by officials of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission a couple of weeks back, found on the roadside of State Road 82, Collier County, Florida.
The panther cub, a member of the endangered species population, was 3-months old, and its injuries are believed to have been caused by a vehicular accident. Given the state of how the panther cub was found, leads as to the accident’s culprits are sketchy as they often are with such incidents and cases.
A thorough checkup was done on the cub when authorities noted that it was initially unresponsive, and though the checkup didn’t show signs of major injuries, veterinarians were certain that if left alone, the cub would have a hard time surviving in the wild.
A couple of weeks back, officials of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found another panther cub who died from injuries sustained from vehicle-related accidents. Officials are convinced that the same panther cub was the newly rescued cub’s sibling.
Last year, records indicate that a third of panther deaths in the area are related to vehicular accidents. The recently rescued panther cub makes it the third cub and the seventh panther to be under the care of the Florida Zoo hospital.
The story reminds motorists of keeping speeds in check, in ensuring that no further roadside accident discoveries will take place.