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Woman Who Came Face-to-Face With Panther: 'I Was Hoping It Wasn't Angry'

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The woman who recorded a video of a panther whizzing right by her called the encounter “amazing.”

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Tina Dorschel was taking an early morning stroll through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida, when, out of nowhere a panther, came right in her direction.

She told IE: “It was extremely surprising.”

Though nervous, she kept right on recording the big cat earlier this week.

"I was hoping it wasn't angry," she said.

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She posted the video on Facebook and it has racked up more than four million views.


On on early morning nature walk we saw a gator, a snake, frogs, pretty birds, and had this unexpected encounter. (Warning...curse word at end!)(For licensing or usage, please contact

Posted by Tina Dorschel on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The panther may have been more frightened than she was.

On the sanctuary’s Facebook page, staff wrote: “Panthers are shy creatures and this kind of encounter was a lucky and extremely rare experience.”

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