Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Cheetah 3

Cheetahs may be the fastest animals, but they are not the strongest when it comes to survival. The wild cheetah population is now considered vulnerable in IUCN red list. Cheetahs aren't the mighty wildcats, neither do they stay in big packs. Unlike other big cats who prefer to hunt during night time due to their night vision, cheetahs hunt during the daytime. During day time, they have excellent vision and can spot their prey a few kms away. They also prefer to eat primarily fresh kill and hunt small to mid sized prey ranging from rabbits to impala, warthog etc.

Wild cheetah population is suffering due to predation from larger cats and scavenger like hyenas. Hyenas live in packs and many times they snatch cheetah kill. Bigger cats like lions are also known to scare cheetahs away from their prey. Since cheetahs aren't strong enough to fight a pack of hyenas or a pride of lions, letting go of the prey is the only way to survive another day.

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