Friday, September 25, 2009

Fast Cheetah Facts:

  • Female Cheetahs have been known to catch live prey for their cubs to use as hunting practice.

  • The Cheetah was trained by man for hunting as long as 3000 BC

  • Cheetahs were once raced against greyhounds

  • The Cheetah makes facial expressions, using the bold black lines around its muzzle to signal its mood.

  • From a standstill, the cheetah can reach its top speed in about 3 seconds, and can cover almost 33 inches in a single stride.

  • Fastest land mammal on Earth; over short distances it can reach a speed of over 60 mph

  • Cheetah cubs are born with long, grey fur. Some naturalists think that this mimics the ratel, a fierce relative of the badger that few animals dare attack

  • Cheetahs don't need to drink water, as they get the moisture they need from the bodies of their prey.

  • Cheetahs are the only cats that, while sprinting, can turn in midair to follow their prey.

  • Cheetah cubs have a long mane on their neck and shoulders that disappears as they get older.

  • Cheetahs can accelerate to freeway speeds in just a few strides!
  • The cheetah cannot roar like other big cats. However, it can purr while inhaling.
  • Unlike other big cats, Cheetahs cannot climb trees and have poor night-vison.