Chapter 3: Catching a Quick Meal

Thompson, Sharon Elaine
January 1998
Built for Speed;1998, p30
Cats are well known for using stealth to catch their prey and sharp claws to hold it. Most cats quietly creep close to their prey, then pounce or jump on it. But the cheetah has evolved to hunt fleet-footed antelopes. The cheetah's fast-running prey lives on the open savanna. The vast plains give the antelopes room to run, and they can see for long distances. Cheetahs use the plains to their advantage. A cheetah may scramble up onto a low branch of a solitary tree or climb a termite mound to get a better look across the plains. Adult male cheetahs can eat as much as 25 to 35 pounds of meat at one sitting, although they usually eat less.


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