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Cheetah

The Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is an atypical member of the cat family that hunts by speed rather than by stealth or pack tactics. It is the fastest of all land animals and can reach speeds of up to 70 mph (110 km/h) in short bursts up to 500 yards (460 m). The cheetah is well-known for its amazing acceleration (0 to 100 km/h (~62 mph) in 3.5 seconds), which is greater than that of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, the Lamborghini Murciélago and the F/A-18 Hornet.

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