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Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Drought crises, Florida panthers, humpback whales and more...

The Comeback Cat

Florida panthers
(Cheryl Carlin)
Wildlife experts who moved eight female panthers from Texas to Florida in 1995 to bolster the dwindling population's genetic diversity now say the experiment has worked. Just a few dozen Florida panthers remained in the wild, and many suffered from heart defects, kinked tails and low fertility. Today, say National Cancer Institute researchers and others, their population has tripled and they show few signs of inbreeding.

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