Disclaimer: This video might be the cutest thing you’ve seen in a while.
Thank you, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for capturing it and making our weekend.
The agency posted a black-and-white clip of a beautiful reunion between a Florida panther and her lost kitten on its Facebook page on Friday, then told the story to its followers:
In March, after the 4-month-old girl somehow became separated from her mother in Collier County, staff members launched a search in the area, to no avail.
The kitten was taken to Naples Zoo and a towel with his scent was placed in the area where he was found.
When that didn’t work, biologists then attempted to lure the Florida panther with her real baby, placing the cub in a cage in the same location. After two days, the FWC was close to giving up, according to the agency’s message. Finally, after the third night, mom finally appeared.
The live video captures the sweet moment when the adult panther arrives on the cage and the kitten begins to meow loudly in recognition.
A biologist has opened the cage, Fish and Wildlife says, and the kitten comes out, rushing towards mom.
“Reunited and it feels so good,” reads the on-screen text, referencing the classic song “Peaches & Herb.”
Later footage shows the pair walking together, with Mini Me following close behind.
Although the kitten is wearing a stretchy collar in the clips, he will soon fall out, the FWC says, adding that the two animals will be watched in case they become separated again.
The post ends with a reminder that Friday is Endangered Species Day and the Florida panther’s current status is listed as endangered. There are only about 130 left in the wild.
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