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.. 😉
Here are some of the big and not so big cats from my visit to the Columbus Zoo. It was a really nice, relaxing time over the past few days and now its time to get back on the road….
I did’nt get the Cougar or the Bobcat, maybe next time..