Lefty


 Lefty first appeared in Corkscrew in July of 2010. His blind left eye made him easy to identify.  For the next several months Lefty and FP-159 both claimed Corkscrew. Frequently follow each other around and marking their territory.  In December of 2010, FP-159 moved west and left Corkscrew to Lefty.

 

 Lefty following about an hour behind Cori.


Cori is seen flehming. This behavior facilitates the transfer of pheromones and other scents into the vomeronasal organ located above the roof of the mouth via a duct that exits just behind the front teeth of the animal. Flehming helps her discover when other panthers are nearby.

 

Lefty hunting. Since he did not bring his catch back out for us to see, it’s hard to know if he was really after the squirrel or just scared it away.

As the dominate male panther at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, he is probably the father of March and Nickie's latest litter of kittens.


 

 Lefty on a date.


Be sure to have your sound turned on!

 

 Lefty was last photographed at Corkscrew on June 19, 2014. Since his departure there have been several male panthers in the area, including FP-236, but none have so far dominated the area like FP-159, UCFP-134, or Lefty.

© Ralph Arwood 2017