Somebody asked me about Cheetah’s lately. I can’t remember who. But I cannot post without showing you Hope and her baby Saambili!! How amazing are they?!!
Cheetah’s are very interesting animals. They are the fastest land animal on the planet going from zero to 70 miles an hour in 3 seconds! They can only maintain that pace for a short time. Their claws are like cleats on soccer shoes to allow traction and speed. The only thing faster is an air animal which is a breed of hawk. Cheetah’s are relatively small when it comes to cats in the wild so they run very fast, catch their prey and eat as quickly as they can because inevitably bigger cats (lions and tigers) smell the kill and chase the cheetah away so they can eat the rest. Then the cheetah rests, and tomorrow she/he repeats. Cheetahs eat ONLY meat which is so interesting since Gorillas are strictly vegetarian and wouldn’t eat a piece of meat if you handed it to them!!!
As a side note, all cats in the wild are solitary ie they live their lives alone and solitary except when they come around to mate which happens quickly and then they go their own ways again solitarily. The strange exception is Lions who live in family groups called Prides. We have a pride at the Dallas zoo with baby cub, mommy, daddy and auntie! It’s amazing! The animal thing is all so amazing!
Watching Hope and baby Saambili has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It reduces me to weakness by its amazingness!