Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | This is Walter, a six-year-old Florida panther living at ZooTampa. He was rescued in 2017 by @MyFWC biologists and veterinarians from Highlands County, where his front left foot had been caught in a snare that cut into his bones and nearly killed him. At @zootampa he underwent a series of surgeries and a partial amputation that saved his life. Unable to be returned to the wild, Walter was given a permanent home at ZooTampa, and he was named after a donor who was inspired to invest in the veterinary facilities to help Walter and other Florida panthers. Walter is now an ambassador at ZooTampa, where his story can inspire nearly one million annual visitors and where 13 Florida panthers have been rescued and rehabilitated since 1988. I am working with dedicated conservationists at ZooTampa and other Florida zoos to use my #PathofthePanther project with @insidenatgeo to help protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor. I captured this portrait with a lucky 1/10-second handheld exposure, focusing through the steel mesh of his enclosure with a telephoto lens. @pathofthepanther @FL_wildcorridor #FloridaWild #Panther #KeepFLWild.

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Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | This is Walter, a six-year-old Florida panther living at ZooTampa. He was rescued in 2017 by @MyFWC biologists and veterinarians from Highlands County, where his front left foot had been caught in a snare that cut into his bones and nearly killed him. At  @zootampa he underwent a series of surgeries and a partial amputation that saved his life. Unable to be returned to the wild, Walter was given a permanent home at ZooTampa, and  he was named after a donor who was inspired to invest in the veterinary facilities to help Walter and other Florida panthers. Walter is now an ambassador at ZooTampa, where his story can inspire nearly one million annual visitors and where 13 Florida panthers have been rescued and rehabilitated since 1988. I am working with dedicated conservationists at ZooTampa and other Florida zoos to use my #PathofthePanther project with @insidenatgeo to help protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor. I captured this portrait with a lucky 1/10-second handheld exposure, focusing through the steel mesh of his enclosure with a telephoto lens. @pathofthepanther @FL_wildcorridor #FloridaWild #Panther #KeepFLWild.

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