Fastest Creatures On Earth - Fastest Animals World | Predator (Nat Geo)

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How fast can you run? Research suggests that human beings could run as fast as 40 miles an hour in theory but sprint speeds average to closer to 12-15 mph.

You may be thinking “that’s not too shabby” but as you will see a 15 mph sprint would not be enough to win a race with any of the fastest animals on earth. Many animals can go much faster than we can—some of them predatory. What is the fastest animal on earth?

The fastest animal in the world is of course the cheetah. This animal is actually only slightly faster than the pronghorn antelope and can reach speeds of up to 61 miles per hour.

The cheetah is a sprinter not a long distance runner but pairs agility with speed for deadly attack runs. Cheetahs are also very fast accelerators and can ramp up their speed four times faster than human beings can. They can also pull to a stop extremely fast. It is also interesting to note that the speed and agility of the cheetah is not matched by strength. The cheetah is fairly fragile and will lose in most fights with other predators. As a result they will quickly surrender prey to competitors. An injured cheetah may not be able to run quickly which can put its life in danger.

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