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Watch: Cheetah Runs Down and Catches a Gazelle [VIDEO]

cheetah runs down and catches a gazelle

Watch as this cheetah runs down and catches a gazelle in east Africa.

You’ve always heard that the cheetah is the fastest land mammal, and here is a good demonstration of just how fast one is.

In this video by BBC Earth, a female cheetah chases down and catches a Thomson’s Gazelle for dinner.

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The cheetah in this video makes catching a Thomson’s Gazelle look easy. Though the cheetah was successful, gazelles, which have a top speed of 50-60 miles per hour, are tough animals to catch. As a result, cheetah success rates range around 50%.

To be successful, cheetahs must get as close as possible to their prey without being spotted. Then, they can take advantage of their superior acceleration (0 to 60 in 3 seconds) to catch their prey without it turning into an extended chase. Gazelles have much better endurance than cheetahs and will usually escape if the chase turns into a marathon. In this case, the cheetah put it all together and ended up on top.

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Watch: Cheetah Runs Down and Catches a Gazelle [VIDEO]