"Picture perfect": Rare Florida panther released back into the wild

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A Florida panther, rescued as a kitten,released back into the wild in the Florida Everglades, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, runs away from its game officials and photographers.
(image by AP Photo / J Pat Carter)

An endangered Florida panther rescued as a kitten and raised in captivity has made a rare run back into the wild. The sandy-colored, 120-pound panther cautiously poked its head out of the crate that wildlife officials drove Wednesday from northeast Florida to Palm Beach County, then it trotted out onto a gravel road in the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area. 'It was picture perfect,' Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission biologist Darrell Land told CBS Miami. 'The cat must have followed the script even though we didn't give him a copy of it.' It built up speed with longer and longer strides, sprinting several hundred yards before veering off into the brush and disappearing. 'To see him run straight like that for such a distance and running free off into the woods makes everything worthwhile,' said Dave Onorato, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission scientist...

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[[VID137]]An endangered Florida panther rescued as... by Kyle McDermott on Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 at 6:33:53 PM
they didn't put those collars on them. ... by molly cruz on Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 6:28:10 PM