What’s the fastest land mammal in the world?
It’s the cheetah. In 2009, the Cincinnati Zoo’s 8-year-old female cheetah Sarah covered 100 meters in 6.13 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 6.19 seconds set by a male South African cheetah named Nyana in 2001. That’s an average about 36.5 mph and a top speed of about 70 mph near the end of the run. The Cheetah is definitely made for speed. You can watch it here:
There may be some discussion about the animals that made our list, but there is little discussion about No. 2: the all-American pronghorn. With a top speed of right at 60 mph, this animal — a species unique to North America — can easily outrun predators.
Here’s our list:
What About Fish?
Now that the top 10 fastest land mammals are listed, what’s the fastest fish?
It’s the sailfish, which can reach speeds of up to 68 mph. But the fastest overall animal is the peregrine falcon. This feathered wonder is capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 mph while at a dive. No wonder its prey has no chance! It is the fastest animal on the planet when in a dive.
Although, I have to tell you, I had a rattlesnake come after me once, and it seemed like it was moving at light speed! How about you? What’s the fastest animal you’ve had an encounter with in the wild? Drop me a note, firstname.lastname@example.org, and share your stories!
Featured photo by John Hafner