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Cheetah Sprinting After Prey

Photograph by Chris Johns

Reaching speeds up to 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour, cheetahs are the fastest land animal. However, running at this speed requires a lot of energy, and the cheetah cannot keep up a sprint for long.

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