For How Long Does a Cheetah Recover after Hunting?

A cheetah has to recover from the exhaustion of hunting for 15 to 30 minutes before it can consume its prey. This is due to the burst of energy it uses while hunting, with the ability to reach 70 mph (112 km/h) in 3 seconds.

More about cheetahs:

  • As a species, cheetahs are relatively inbred and have little genetic variation from each other. This results in abnormally low sperm counts (more than 10 times lower than other cats) along with a relatively high proportion of genetic birth defects and infant mortality.
  • Cheetahs cannot roar, but they do purr.
  • Cheetah cubs are camouflaged to look like honey badgers due to a silver stripe on their back which protects them from predators.
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Considering how fast cheetahs run, it doesn't surprise me that they have to take such a long break after catching their prey. Eventually, if they didn't slow down, their heart would burst.


In spite of some of the issues that cheetah's have, such as endangerment and genetic variation, it's good to know that they can hide themselves from predators, especially cheetah cubs. Overall, cheetahs aren't the strongest of animals, and camouflage is their best bet. In fact, I've noticed that to be the case with several animals. What they lack in strength, they make up for in stealth.


I didn't know that cheetahs had such little variations in their genetics. That's very interesting. It really makes me wonder if that's why they're an endangered species. After all, with so many birth defects and infant morality, I'm sure that those cubs don't live for very long.

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