Florida man meet Florida cat.
The panthers of the Sunshine State have been trying to get friendly with the locals, with two viral sightings of the big cats just this month.
According to the Associated Press, Phil Hendra was visiting his dad’s Fort Meyers home on March 18 when his son pointed out a “funny dog” on the porch. That so-called canine turn out to be an endangered Florida panther who was relaxing outside the house with a calm grin on his face.
The Hendras watched the big cat from inside for 20 minutes, snapping several photos before the animal wandered off. The family passed along one of their best shots from the encounter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The group posted the panther to its Facebook page on Tuesday, where he has garnered over 12,000 likes.
The other Florida feline moment also hit the web on Tuesday, with Tina Dorschel posting a video of the panther she passed while on a morning walk through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples.[facebook url="https://www.facebook.com/tina.dorschel/videos/10207553046537178/" /]
The clip (which contains some NSFW language) shows the cat charging past Dorschel on the wooden walkway that weaves through the park. Excitedly tripping past the woman, it seems the panther was just as startled to encounter another walker as Dorschel was.
Could these be the first signs of feline world domination? All panther activity points to yes.