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Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

Description:

The cheetah is a large-sized feline (family Felidae) inhabiting most of Africa and parts of the Middle East. The cheetah is the only extant member of the genus Acinonyx, most notable for modifications in the species' paws. As such, it is the only felid with non-retractable claws and pads that, by their scope, disallow gripping (therefore cheetahs cannot climb vertical trees, although they are generally capable of reaching easily accessible branches). The cheetah, however, achieves by far the fastest land speed of any living animal—between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph)[3][4] in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to over 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds.

Notes:

This Cheetah cub lives at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. (Captive)

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4 Comments

Lily Barth
Lily Barth 9 years ago

Adorable!

CJulen
CJulen 9 years ago

What a cutie!

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 9 years ago

Thank you Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Great spotting and info.

LaurieWinters
Spotted by
LaurieWinters

Temple Terrace, Florida, USA

Spotted on Nov 20, 2011
Submitted on Nov 20, 2011

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