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Illustration by Natalya Zahn


The cheetah is the fastest mammal on land. It can run up to 60 miles an hour (100 kilometers an hour)! Nonretractable claws that lack a protective covering (lower right) help the cheetah make sharp turns at high speeds. Cheetahs also have very good eyesight and can see hidden prey (lower left).

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