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Cheetahs Rule The Roost When The Question Of Speed And Agility Is Raised

Cheetahs Rule The Roost When The Question Of Speed And Agility Is Raised

The cheetah holds the record for being the fastest mammal on earth with 60mph. They can clock 60 miles an hour in just a matter of three seconds. Their ability to take quick, sudden and abrupt turns makes them one of the most powerful predators in Africa. They are found in the grasslands of Africa and parts of Iran. Their excellent eyesight makes them capable of scanning large areas for probable prays. They feed on antelopes and hares usually. They hunt in the day.

 Their coats provide excellent camouflage against enemies and foes. They stalk their prey and attack at the appropriate time. These chases are quite exhaustive and don't last a long time. The cheetah clutches its prey between its teeth and drags it to its hiding place to enjoy it in privacy.
Females attain reproductive maturity within 20-24 months. Mating is an annual phenomenon following which females give birth to as many as nine babies in a litter, but rarely do all of them survive for a long time. They fall prey to other predators. Those that live to see their first year, learn the art of hunting from their mothers. They leave the protection and shelter of their mother after spending 13-20 months in her care. Male members live alone or in small groups.

Humans have been the biggest enemies of the cheetah. Grasslands which were their habitats have been cleared up to make space for human habitation. This has pushed cheetahs to the verge of extinction. So much so that there are only about 7,000-10,000 cheetahs left.

 

 

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