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The Next King of The Swamp

Since the departure of Lefty there has not been a dominant male panther at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Several young males have passed through but none have stayed. FP-236 only occasionally comes up to the Sanctuary. That looks like it is changing. There are now two contenders. Both have been scraping at multiple locations around the Sanctuary.

Contender number one, Crooked Tail, has an unusual shaped tail that looks like it may have been broken. He also has small notches on both ears.


Contender number 2 was following about two and a half hours behind.


He has a normal looking tail and no nicks in his ears.


The local pig population has also taken notice of the panther scrapes. They do not seem pleased.


December 19, 2015 Update

During the last week of November a third Contender moved in to the Swamp. You can tell him from Contender #2 by the kink at the tip of his tail.



During the second week of December FP-236 started hang around the Fish Farm. His patchy coloration is due to a severe case of ringworm.



About a half an hour after FP-236 showed up at the Fish Farm, Contender #1, Crooked Tail, returned to remark the territory. Just to be sure his claim could not be missed, he marked multiple locations.



With four cats competing for the Sanctuary we should be getting some interesting video.


December 24, 2015 Update

FP-236 returned on December 20, 2015 to re-mark his territory at the "Panthers' Singles Bar"


Contender number one, Crooked Tail.  returned on 12-21-2015 to re-claim the territory.


January 4, 2016 update

It looks like one of the ladies of the Swamp has made her decission on the new King of the Swamp.


January 16, 2016 update

Apparently not all the ladies are in aggrement about who should be the next King of the Swamp! Turn your sound up and you can hear her leading him along!


Grass eating panther

Panthers are obligate carnivores, they only eat meat. About 90 % of their diet is feral hog, white-tailed deer, raccoon, and armadillo. Occasionally they consume rabbits, rats, birds, and alligators.

So why is this panther eating grass? Could he be using it as a digestive aid like domestic cats do?



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