Friday, January 14, 2011

Fastest land animal in the world


Cheetah, the fastest member of the cat family is given the distinction of being the fastest land animal. It lacks in climbing activities but gains in speed and stealth instead. The Cheetah can reach speeds between 112 kilometres per hour (70 mph) and 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph) in short bursts up to 460 metres. With immense ease, Cheetah can accelerate from 0 tp 60 mph in 3 seconds. The question comes, why would a cheetah need to be able to run so fast? Gazelle plays a crucial role as it is Cheetah's favourite prey which comes in a close second to the its amazing speed. It is interesting to find out the Cheetah and gazelle share a predator-prey relationship in thier natural habitat. This is the pretty strong motivation for Cheetah to practice its wind sprints. Just try to imagine if there is one running alongside your car when you are driving at such speed.


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