Thursday, September 28, 2023

Panther is a Member of the Family

You may have seen an article or a video making the rounds that tells the story of a woman who found an abandoned kitten on the side of the road, and took that kitten in. She was surprised to see the kitten grow into a panther! Well, that's not the real story at all.

Luna was born in a "traveling zoo"in Siberia. It sounds like something we in the West would call a circus. Luna's mother refused to nurse, and her cub was suffering greatly. Victoria, who had experience with big cats, volunteered to take the cub in and feed her. She named the cub Luna. Luna is a melanistic leopard, which we call a panther, although melanistic jaguars are also called panthers. Victoria heard that the zoo was trying to sell Luna, so she bought the cub herself. Luna became part of the family, and made friends with the female Rottweiler that belongs to Victoria's parents, named Venza. They became best buddies and playmates!

Now, a family home is not the best place for a wild animal, but in Siberia, it might be the best arrangement possible for Luna. You can follow Luna, Venza, and Victoria on YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, or Instagram. (via Fark)

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