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Corkscrew boardwalk panther

While walking the boardwalk at Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary last spring, visitor Tina Dorschel had her camera out when a full-grown Florida panther trotted into view and skidded directly past her in fright. She later posted her video on Facebook, not knowing that she is probably the only person in at least a generation to unintentionally encounter a healthy Florida panther in the wild. A single choice word and more than 6 million page views later, we still marvel at how close she came to Florida’s most prized big cat.

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