World's Fastest Sprinter Anticipates Escape

September 5, 2013 1:44 PM

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The cheetah is the world's fastest animal, speeding across the savanna with unmatched grace and agility. The giant cat can outpace its prey, bringing it down with its speedy hunting tactics. Now, though, scientists are learning a bit more about how the cheetah captures its dinner. They've found that the cat may anticipate the escape tactics of different prey rather than just relying on its speed and agility.

In order to examine the hunting tactics of cheetahs, the researchers used GPS and accelerometer data loggers deployed on the big cats. In addition, they used traditional observational methods. This allowed them to better understand how cheetahs brought down their prey.

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