Cheetah has the acceleration that would leave many fast cars in the dust! If you are thinking how is that possible, well, this Speedy Gonzales goes from zero to sixty miles per hour in only three seconds! At the full speed, this cat can develop a speed of even 80 miles per hour. Extremely fast, isn’t it?
Cheetah speed and hunting.
Before unleashing their extreme speed, cheetah uses remarkable good eyesight to scan their target. Unlike the jaguar and leopard for instance, cheetah is a daylight hunter. The predator easily blends into dry grasses because of its spotted coat. When the perfect moment arrives, cheetah will make the move, sprint and knock down the prey. All of this takes less then a minute.
Female cheetahs typically have three cubs and live with them for one and a half to two years. Young cubs spend their first year learning from their mother and practicing hunting techniques with playful games. Male cheetahs live alone or in small groups.
How big are cheetahs?
An adult can weigh between 75 and 125 pounds. In length they can go from 40 to 60 inches, measured from head to the hind quarters. The tail can add 24 to 32 inches, bringing the total length up to 7,5 feet. Unlike the tigers and lions, cheetah has long legs and very fit body, this makes her quite different form other cats. Along with that, their foot pads are hard and less rounded.
What do they eat?
Cheetahs prey includes gazelles, impalas, hares, birds and rodents. Although, she will attack larger herd animals. This makes them one of the most successful hunters on the savanna. They also act as a population check which helps plants-life by preventing overgrazing.
Unlike other big cats, cheetahs don’t roar. They growl when facing danger, and they vocalize with sounds more equivalent to a high-pitched chirp or bubble and they even bark while communicating to each other. The cheetah can also purr while both inhaling and exhaling.
These majestic cats found in sub-Saharan Africa have a majority of quality to offer. They really are special, don’t you agree?
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