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Cheetah

By Misty56    
Peop is enjoying his retirement in Kent, having fathered ten off spring it is unlikely he will be
required to breed again so he can just relax, enjoy the sun whilst watching the trains pass our site.

He weighs in at a good 47 Kg (approx 94 lbs) and eats on average between 4 - 5 Kg (8 10 lbs) of meat three times a week, with the occasional extra chicken or rabbit.

Pepo is tall and sleek and is a good specimen of a cheetah. He is happiest lazing around in his enclosure waiting for the next meal to appear over the fence. With his chirping and the occasional chasing of a "diesel train", Pepo is a placid, friendly cat who knows how to pose for the cameras.

Facts
Cheetahs are listed as vulnerable and it is estimated that there are 9,000 12,000 remaining in the wild with the largest population (2,500) being found in Namibia.

Cheetahs are smaller than the other big cats, measuring on average 4 feet in body length with 28 inch tails and weighing on average 80 140 lbs.

They have spotted coats, small head and ears and a distinctive "tear drop" marking from the corner of their eye down the side of their faces.

They are often referred to as the "Greyhound" of cats with their lean bodies and long legs and reaching speeds of 70 mph they are the worlds fastest land animal. Cheetahs can accelerate from 0 40 mph within 3 strides and reach top speed within seconds, but can only maintain this speed for short distances of 400 600 yards. They use their tails as stabiliser or rudder and have short non retractable claws that help grip the ground for traction when running. Once found throughout much of African and Asia they are now confined to parts of Eastern & South-Western Africa with a small population in the Middle East. Cheetahs are found on open and partially open savannas.

They rely on burst of speed to catch swift prey like gazelles, wildebeest calves, impalas and smaller hoofed animals. They must eat quickly to avoid losing their kill to other carnivores.

thank you all for my recent c/c this is best seen large

Tags: Whf Pets and captive animals

Voters: Naturesview, walk8, vickyal and 23 more


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Comments


Naturesview 15 38 Scotland
29 Jan 2009 11:20AM
Great shot. Looking right at the lens

Love it

Paul

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vickyal 11 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2009 11:29AM
Great shot, gorgeous eyes.
Vicky
29 Jan 2009 11:31AM
Great shot, love the eye contact.
Natasha
ugly Plus
11 9 57 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2009 11:44AM
Great eyes...
Very well done with this shot, It very clear and sharp...
Good colours...
Nice DOF..

Good work...

Dave
arhb 12 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2009 11:53AM
Superb shot, very good detail in the eyes.
Misty56 11 22 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2009 1:07PM
thank you all for your kind c/c and your votes
Ayelet_A 11 11 3 Israel
29 Jan 2009 1:09PM
Wow look at those eyes! fiery...

Ayelet
Ridgeway 13 222 2 Ireland
29 Jan 2009 1:50PM
What beautiful eye's,love his markings.
Great shot.
motorsportpictures 11 289 23 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2009 2:28PM
Brilliant shot, and great detail.
Scott
mohikan22 15 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2009 2:30PM
WOW very good. a nice heasdon shot thats colourful and attention seeking Grin
matt.
29 Jan 2009 2:50PM
Great shot.

Gavin
BERTRAM 11 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2009 5:04PM
A terrific close up shot,great info.
Dave
Misty56 11 22 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2009 6:31PM
thank you all, this if from WFH as many of you will have visited,
jayjay52 11 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2009 7:03PM
Wonderful shot. Amazing eyes.
Jenny
iancam 11 23 England
31 Jan 2009 9:00PM
Great shot, wonderful eyes
Ian
Misty56 11 22 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 9:01PM
thank you all for the wonderful comments and votes
jimmypaton 11 19 Scotland
25 Feb 2009 11:36PM
i love this one well done
jimmy

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