Cheetah

Cheetah

cheetah

Cheetah Facts

The word “Cheetah” is derived from the Hindi word “Chita” meaning “spotted one”. It is known as the fastest mammal on Earth. It has long legs, a tall, slim build and its colors are tawny, black-spotted fur. The cheetah’s spots help to camouflage it in its environment. Unlike the other cats it has non-retractile claws. 

Some cheetahs have a rare fur pattern mutation of larger, blotchy, merged spots. Known as “king cheetahs,” they were once thought to constitute a separate subspecies but are in fact African cheetahs; their unusual fur pattern is the result of a single recessive gene.

The name of a male is referred to simply as a cheetah. The name of a female is referred to as a she-cheetah. The name or offspring, or baby Cheetahs, is a cub. This animal is often mistaken for leopards. 

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