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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Cheetah

Cheetahs come from a very small pool of cats that survived the last ice age.

The word cheetah comes from the Hindi word “chita” meaning “spotted one.”


The cheetah, which lives in many countries in Africa, can run faster than 60 miles per hour,

A cheetah can go from 0 to 40 mph in three strides.

A cheetah that sprints for more than 30 seconds can suffer brain damage.

After a chase, a cheetah needs half an hour to catch its breath before it can eat.

Their long tail helps stabilize and steer cheetahs when they reach top speeds of 70 mph.

Cheetahs cannot roar—instead, they chirp like birds.

Their ears are small, short, and rounded, marked by black patches on the back and tawny edges.

Every cheetah has a unique pattern of spots on its coat.

Only 5 to 10 percent of cheetah cubs make it to adulthood.



Josephine Baker had a cheetah named Chiquita, which accompanied her on walks down the Champs-Elysee, on a lead with a diamond-studded collar.

Cheetahs were raced at London's Romford greyhound stadium in 1937. A dozen of the big cats had been imported from Kenya to boost dwindling attendances at the dog track.

Estimated at a population of 200 in the 1970’s, there are now thought to be only 70-110 Asiatic cheetahs left in the wild, all occupying the arid, central plateau of Iran.

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