A Florida man was shocked when he looked outside the window of his father’s home and saw a panther loitering on the porch.
Phil Hendra was at his father’s East Fort Myers home on March 18 when he spotted the Florida panther, WFLA reported. He took a photo of the endangered cat, which was then shared by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
“[The panther] stayed for about 20 minutes and laid down for a bit,” Hendra told the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. “It looked at us inside the window then slowly walked away, and we have not seen it since. My parents have lived here since 1988 and they may have seen a younger panther about two years ago, but nothing compares to this once in a lifetime experience.”
The picture went viral on social media, and the Fish and Wildlife Commission dispelled rumors that the panther was spotted in Pinellas County.
There are less than 100 Florida panthers left in the wild, according to the National Wildlife Federation. They can range from 6 to 7 feet long and have an average lifespan of 12 years.