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A Cheetah Giving Chase, Diorama – Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Fast, agile, and extremely vigilant, Grant’s gazelles rarely fall prey to large predators on the savanna. But these two gazelles have clearly met their match in the cheetah, the fastest land mammal in the world. This specialized speedster can accelerate rapidly and attain a top speed of 112 kilometers per hour (approximately 70mph). A long lightly built body, elongated legs, and small feet with nonretractable claws help the cheetah to maneuver expertly, meeting its prey’s every move at very high speeds.