Hearing a Panther Up Close, Very Close Amy DiFiore recorded a Florida panther with her microphone inches away from its jaws while doing a story for Florida Public Radio. The scary sound is enough to stop your heart.
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Hearing a Panther Up Close, Very Close

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

For today's SoundClip, a reporter learns to let sleeping cats lie.

AMY DIFIORE: My name is Amy DiFiore and I live in Tallahassee, Florida. I was outside of Ft. Myers, Florida, doing a story about some ranch lands the state was buying. And to get some local perspective I had planned to interview a man named Jim Carthord(ph) who lives across the street from the ranch. Well, the interview went fine, nothing out of the ordinary, and then Jim invited me to see his backyard, and that's where I found this.

(Soundbite of growling)

DIFIORE: That's a Florida panther. His name is Duke and he's a really big cat -about 130 pounds and six feet long.

(Soundbite of growling)

DIFIORE: His nickname in the neighborhood is Glamour Boy.

(Soundbite of growling)

SIEGEL: A Florida panther and a reporter, Amy DiFiore of the Florida Public Radio Network. For more about our series, you can search for SoundClips at NPR.org.

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