Panther pounces on zookeeper

Look behind you! Heart stopping moment a panther sneaks up and pounces on a defenseless man. Panther filmed stalking man at zoo before ‘launching attack’ – and there’s no glass protecting him. At first, it looks like the man is doomed.

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Resting easily against a wall in an animal sanctuary enclosure, the Mexican man chats happily in Spanish as a black panther – hundreds of pounds of sleek muscle, claw and tooth – creeps silently up on him.

Just as the big cat coils to pounce, the man spins around and starts laughing and playing with the animal, who he refers to as one of his ‘babies’.

It seems the panther and the man know each other quite well, as the man turns and offers his friend a kiss.

The panther playfully bats his face away before eventually giving in and licking at the man’s lips.

Amazingly, the man then pats the panther on the back and it retreats, instead opting to lie down in the grass.

Kal-El the panther – named after Superman’s birth name – is seen sneaking up on Eduardo Serio, owner of the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation animal sanctuary in which he’s housed

Kiss kiss: after playing with the big cat, Serio gives it a series of kissed on the nose – though it swipes at him playfully at first. Serio’s sanctuary was set up to care for unwanted big cats, and has lions, tigers and more

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The video, which was posted to Instagram Saturday by user @Bofokaram and highlighted by the  New York Daily News, continues with the man and panther tussling with one another, the big cat grabbing him playfully with its powerful paws and jaw.

The man – Eduardo Serio – taunts the cat into chasing him then jumps up onto the grassy verge behind, the creature gracefully leaping up behind him.

He jumps down again and gives the animal a kiss on its nose, ducking back as it swipes at him and bares its teeth.

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Incredibly he goes in for a kiss again, and again, and it becomes clear that he was never in any serious danger as the panther begins to lick his face.

Then he gives the panther a friendly push away and it settles on the grass behind him, content – for now – just to watch him.

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Amazingly, the man then pats the panther on the back and it retreats, instead opting to lie down in the grass.

The jaguar, it turns out is named Kal-El – Superman’s birth name – and he is one of Serio’s ‘kids’, the name the Mexican man gives to the animals he cares for in his animal sanctuary.

 

 

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