One of my favorite big cats, the Cheetah.
A few thing I bet most folks don’t know.
1. On their back feet they have an extra thick pad that helps in braking during high speed pursuits and their claws do not retract, this helps for the super burst of speed that gets them from 0-60 in about 3-4 seconds.
2. On their face there are 2 black lines, these markings help reduce the glare of the mid day sun, like football players that put the black paint below their eyes. Cheetahs are the only big cat that hunts in the mid day heat and glare.
3. And last but not least and the coolest fact, the Cheetahs tail is flat, yep, you read it right, the flat tail helps as a rudder during high speed turns.
Needless to say this cat is made to catch nimble prey in the bush, Gazelles watch out.. 😉
This is one of my favorite big cat pics, its a Snow Leopard with a rather intense stare. I took this pic at the Denver Zoo back in 2006 with my first DSLR a Nikon D50, which I still have and use every now and again..:-)