When we think about the chase, Cheetah comes to our Mind. Truly, Cheeta is the king of chase. It is a diurnal hunter and as It hunts during the day primarily. This big cat is quite nimble at high speed and can make quick and sudden turns in pursuit of prey. It can get many automobiles past himself. It is most successful hunter in the big cats family. When the moment is right a cheetah will sprint after its prey and attempt to knock it down. If you want to learn more, go through these interesting facts about this fastest animal on the planet, Cheetah:
1. King Of Speed
Cheeta is fastest running animal on the planet. It can run faster than today’s Ferrari. The speed of a hunting cheetah averages 64 km/h (40 mph) during a sprint. Cheetah can attain more than 100 km per hour speed within just 3 seconds. At the utmost, It can attain the speed of 112 km per hour. It is the fastest animal on the land. At the height of an intense chase, a cheetah’s body temperature will rise up to 41 degree celcius or 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
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2. How So Fast?
We all know that Cheetah is undisputable king of speed. But how comes it possible? that Ferrari, Lamborgini or many others have no match with Cheeta. Cheetah has enlarged adrenal glands, lungs, nasal passages, and hearts to accommodate extra oxygen in order to fuel its muscles. A comparatively long, heavy tail provides a counter balance for tight turns at top speeds and fused tibia and fibula bones in the cheetah’s legs make them more stable when sprinting after prey. The Spine of Cheetah is also flexible so its rear legs overlap front legs.
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3. Losing The Ground Now
It’s estimated that over 100,000 cheetahs wandering around on earth in 1900, but now that number has plummeted to a mere 9000 to 12,000 cheetahs in Africa with a few hundred more in Iran. Now, this amazing species is in endangered category.
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4. One Of The Most Successful Hunters
The Cheetah is the carnivore that prefers medium-sized prey and one of the most successful hunters in the world. Approximately 6 or 7 in every 10 hunts is successful for Cheetah. This figure is better than any other big cat’s success rate. Blesbok, duiker, Grant’s gazelle, impala, reedbuck, springbok, and Thomson’s gazelle are some of the common targets of the cheetah.
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5. Can’t Roar
Unlike all other big cats, Cheetah can not roar. They purr but their most distinct sound is a chirping noise.
6. Perfect Camouflage
Its fur is of tan color that allows it to blend easily in tall grasses of the grassland. Its entire body is covered with black spots. The pattern of spots in every cheetah is different, making each one of them uniquely identifiable.
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7. Females Are Loners And Males Hunt In Group
Females hunt alone and have their cubs for two years, while male Cheetahs hunt together.
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8. Not Drink Too Much
Cheetahs don’t drink too much, they get all the water they need from their prey but they drink water after a long while.
9. Most Of The Time, They Do Rest
Even though they’re known for their incredible sprinting abilities, cheetahs actually spend most of their time doing rest about 90 percent of their time. A study in 2014, found that cheetahs only spend about 12 percent of their day actually moving. The rest of the time is spent hanging around, conserving energy for those big bursts of speed.
10. See The King Cheetah
King Cheetah is the variety of Cheetah with rare patterns and stripes on its back. It has a cream-coloured fur marked with large, blotchy spots and three dark, wide stripes extending from their neck to the tail. The first king cheetah wasn’t photographed until 1974.
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11. It Is What Engineers Are Looking For!
Two separate groups of engineers on Robotics have recently made strides with robots based on a cheetah’s gait. In 2012, Boston Dynamics set a new record for legged robotic land speed when their robot, The Cheetah, got the top speed of 29 mph on a treadmill and just last year, MIT upped the ante with another headless cheetah robot—this time government-funded—that can run untethered and navigate its own way over setbacks.
12. Be A Good Friend Like Dogs
Dogs are the good companions of Cheetah. Dogs can often be seen along with Cheetah many times.
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