The state of Florida has a reputation for being, well, pretty weird. One thing that makes the state of Florida really unique is its wildlife and their remarkable ability to get a little too close for comfort. Alligators are awesome creatures but who wants one in their swimming pool. One Florida man recently experienced this reality when he found a dangerous predator lounging on his front porch. Phil Hendra lives in Fort Myers, and when his dog wouldn’t stop barking, he assumed there was a squirrel or cat outside his home. But when he opened the front door, Phil received the surprise of a lifetime.
Waiting outside his front door was a full-grown Florida panther. Scroll down to keep reading and see what happened next.
When Phil saw the panther, his first reaction was to grab his phone and take a picture.
Being a good Samaritan, Phil knew just how rare this incident was. Florida panthers are extremely endangered. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation says there are less than 100 of them left in the wild. He described the incident to the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and told them:
The image of the curious panther was posted on social media and soon became an Internet sensation.
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