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This panther 'attack' ended in the sweetest possible way

Watch the unexpected moment after this this panther creeps on a man at an animal sanctuary in Mexico.
/ Source: TODAY

The panther slowly stalks his prey, creeping up on a man seemingly unaware of the predator lurking behind him.

But just when the panther lunges, a potentially disastrous moment becomes a beautiful one.

The animal, whose name is Kal-El (after Superman's birth name), instead gets multiple loving smooches from Eduardo Serio, who runs the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation in Mexico.

Serio, it turns out, was the animal's rescuer.

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The video was shot by foundation employee Bofo Farias Gonzales, who apparently knew the two were buddies and therefore didn't give Serio any warning about Kal-El sneaking up on him.

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Serio created the foundation in 2013 to protect big cats from exploitation and trafficking, according to its Facebook page.

The foundation has since rescued dozens of big cats to live on its 30-acre property, according to Facebook.

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