Before you learn how to draw a Cheetah, did you know?
The cheetah is famous for being the fastest animal on land. Its hunting success does not, however, depend on raw speed alone, but also on rapid acceleration and deceleration, and an ability to execute drastic changes in direction while moving at speed. Cheetahs can accelerate to 75 km/h (47 mph) within two seconds. Over short distances, their estimated top speed ranges from 90 to 128 km/h (56 to 80 mph), covering 6 to 7 m (20 to 23 ft) with each stride. The highest top speed was recorder at about 104 km/h (65 mph). As this is an averaged value, a cheetah’s maximum speed is presumably still higher.
Data from 367 runs by five wild adult cheetahs, three female and two male, wearing tracking collars yielded a top speed of 93 km/h (58 mph), with an average of 48 to 56 km/h (30 to 35 mph). Speed increased by almost 10 km/h (6 mph) in a single stride, while the average distance covered was 173 m (568 ft). Maximum run distances ranged from 407 to 559 m (1,335 to 1,834 ft). Given the moderate speeds of many chases, the ability to rapidly change direction was likely the crucial characteristic ensuring hunting success.
During the chase phase of a hunt, the body temperature of cheetahs increases rapidly; chases will not be engaged in if body temperature is higher than 40.5 °C (104.9 °F). During a 375 m (1,230 ft) sprint, the cheetah’s respiratory rate increases from 60 to 150 breaths per minute, while body temperature rises to 40.5 °C, which is 2 °C (3.6 °F) above normal. The long-held conception that overheating is the reason for a cheetah abandoning a chase was undermined by a 2013 study. [wikipedia]
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