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

Tina Dorschel was taking a stroll through a Florida nature sanctuary when the panther ran towards her.

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.


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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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