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.