Amid controversy surrounding the death of the 17-year-old gorilla, people have been keen to focus on mishaps—or near mishaps—at zoos, questioning whether the animals should be kept in such facilities in the first place.
In a video shot on Saturday, a video of a panther sneaking up on a man has fallen under the umbrella of the public’s focus, but for very different reasons.
The panther could be seen stalking Eduardo Serio, the owner of the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation—where the panther is housed—before it plays with him. The panther is named Kal-el, which is also known as Superman’s birth name.
The man turns around and comes face-to-face with the animal. The two then grapple one another and he breaks away. Finally, the jaguar places its face to the man’s face with its jaws open. But instead of attacking, the two kiss.
The Mexico-based Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation, which posted the video on its Instagram page and Facebook page, says it owns 30 acres of land, and it houses jaguars, panthers, lions, tigers, lynxes, and servals.
The group says its mission is to “rescue as many Animals in need from sad circumstances like circuses, breeding facilities” and from people who have them as pets.
The foundation is the first, and only, group to specialize in big cats in Mexico.
They also seek to “raise awareness worldwide through pictures and videos using” Facebook, Instagram, and other social media websites—like the viral video of the Kal-el the panther.
Meanwhile, they are attempting to work “hand by hand with the Mexican Government, to keep changing laws in order to protect all species of Animals in Mexico and inspire all countries around the world to join in,” the website states.