September 10, 2009

Fastest animal is also slowest learner

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 10:42 am

Cheetah, the fastest predator on earth, lives in low attitude areas especially in the savanna plains of sub-Saharan Africa. They are lanky animals, of ten living alone or in pairs, which barely grow to above 40 kilograms. Their prey consist mainly of small to medium-sized antelopes, burrowing animals like hare and warthogs.

They depend on sheer speed to catch their quarry. On straight stretch of savanna, a cheetah can accelerate up to 80 kilometers per hour. It outruns its prey then uses a long horn – nail on either of its front legs to trip the animal.Like all cats, it then goes for the throat, and gives crushing bite to the jugular vein using its sharp.

Due to the energy- sappingrun a cheetah employs in a hunt, it may take up to ten minutes catching its breath before it starts feeding on a kill. At the moment, cheetah conservationists say, the cat ends up losing 80% of its catch to rogue scavengers like hyena and strong bullies like lions and leopards.Cheetahs  do not attack other animals apart from their prey. However, they can be dangerous if provoked from close quartes, responding with a bite or a scratch.

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