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Woman catches Florida panther on jog in Naples

Animal encounter at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary goes viral

Florida panther | Video courtesy Tina Dorschel
Florida panther | Video courtesy Tina Dorschel

NAPLES, Fla. – An animal encounter that happened to a jogger near Naples has gone viral.

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Tina Dorschel wasn't the only one out for a jog at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. A Florida panther ran next to and then past her.

Dorschel posted the video on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon and it has more than 500,000 views as of Wednesday evening.

The wildlife sanctuary says panthers are notoriously shy and called Dorschel's experience lucky and extremely rare.