The Fastest Animal (on land)

by Kilo on June 29, 2011

The next time in your automobile and you get it up to 70 mph, try to wrap your head around the fact that a Cheetah, the fastest land animal in the world, could keep pace with you, if only for a short while.

Is it strength? Aerodynamics? Do the spots give them magic powers of acceleration? I do not know.

I was in the Denver zoo in December of 2010 and you can probably guess what I was thinking about as I looked into the Cheetah habitat. How fast could it get over here? How high can they jump? How in the hell can they actually move 70 MPH?

I’m sitting in Salt Lake City typing this. If a cheetah could sustain that pace, it could run across the salt flats and be in Elko, Nevada, in the time it would take me to watch the final Lord of The Rings movie.

Incredible. I wish they were a little bigger so I could ride one to work.



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John Sifferman July 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Now I really feel slow :-)

On that note…

Usain Bolt is the fastest human in history, and a squirrel can outrun Usain Bolt. – Christopher McDougall


Kilo July 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

That’s hilarious. If it’s any consolation, I’m sure that the difference between your top speed and my own is at least the difference between the squirrel and me.


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