NAPLES, FLA - Florida Fish and Wildlife officers rushed a six month, 43 pound panther to the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida after it was hit by a car on Oil Well Road in Collier County Thursday.
"She had some bruising of the lungs, pulmonary contusions, but also some fractures in her pelvis," said Dr. Marc Havig.
The hospital is equipped to handle traumatic injuries to animals, staff can evaluate, X-ray and operate all on site. However, this panther's recovery will take place at a facility in Jacksonville.
"The length of time really depends on the severity of her injuries, and how quickly she can be re-taught to hunt and capture prey," said Havig.
Havig and his staff have treated a few injured panthers in the 5 years they've been open.
He takes pride in being able to save one of Florida's endangered species.
"It was an amazing experience. The big panthers are impressive to be close to, and they are remarkable animals," said Havig.
If you see an injured panther you should call FWC's injured animal hotline at 1-888-404-(FWCC)3922 or ?#FWC? or *FWC on a cell phone. Another option is to send a text to Tip@MyFWC.com.