Cheetahs Hunt at Moderate Speeds

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Cheetahs Hunt at Moderate Speeds

Unread postby Kovu » Wed, 19th Jun 2013 21:31

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Re: Cheetahs Hunt at Moderate Speeds

Unread postby V-Raptor » Thu, 20th Jun 2013 11:26

I knew that their capacity to quickly decelerate and change directions was one of the main factors in their hunting, but I never thought that in those recorded chases cheetahs wouldn't be going full speed. In fact, I don't understand how it catches up to a thomson's gazelle at such (relatively) low speeds. Maybe the gazelles run away at moderate speeds as well? Or in the cases recorded only some higher speed ones were gazelle hunts? I guess not all of the runs would be successful chases, though.

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Re: Cheetahs Hunt at Moderate Speeds

Unread postby Kovu » Thu, 20th Jun 2013 15:51

^ The study revealed that the collared cheetahs performed their best hunts in amid thick vegetation by making sharp turns and sudden stops, so the answer on how they manage to catch up is relatively simple: agility, they are quicker in changing direction than their prey.
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