Source: Speed Kills

Category: Science, Weekend

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4 Responses to “This is Why You Can’t Outrun a Cheetah”

  1. PeterR says:

    Amazing . . .

    The Smithsonian Channel is great. The other night there was a special on African lions with incredible close-up video by an Australian (?) couple who have lived amongst the lions for decades. Breathtaking . . .

    The statistics about the cheetahs is staggering, especially their 3-second acceleration for 0-60 MPH being faster than most sports cars (all?).

    A great way to start the morning! Thanks.

  2. MikeNY says:

    Beautiful beast.

  3. davefromcarolina says:

    Unfortunately, speed isn’t everything. There are only somewhere between 9,000 and 12,000 of them left in the wild. I was in South Africa in January, where I learned that there are only about 675 cheetahs left. Cheetahs are fast, but they’re smaller than lions, which kill them. Because they’ll attack livestock, farmers also kill them. There is actually a program in South Africa to raise Anatolian Shepherd dogs and give them to farmers to protect their livestock, so the farmers will stop killing cheetahs.

    One other thing: Cheetahs can run very, very fast, but only in bursts of 20-30 seconds. I watched this at a cheetah sanctuary outside of Cape Town. They can be, and are, caught and killed by slower, larger animals such as lions.

  4. Init4good says:

    ..and Smithsonian channel is one of very few that does not (yet) automatically increase the volume during the commercial segments. That artificial blaring of commercials is something I have come to really hate.