Cape Town - A group of visitors were treated to a cheetah stalking a herd of impala right next to the H7 road near Satara in the Kruger National Park on Tuesday.
The video, posted to Youtube by Kruger Sightings, shows how the herd becomes skittish, as the cheetah explodes into a full chase, finally nabbing a male impala and slowly choking it to death.
Here are a few fast facts for you to remember the next time you're out in the wild and happen to spot a cheetah - Endangered Wildlife Trust's
- The Cheetah is the only extant member of its genus Acinonyx. This genus previously includes two other species including Acinonyx pardinensis that was considerably larger (up to 100kg) than the modern Cheetah and was found in Europe, India and China. The closest living relative of the Cheetah is the Cougar (Puma concolor).
- The cheetah achieves by far the fastest land speed of any living animal-between 112 and 120 km/h. The second fastest land mammal is the Pronghorn from North America which reaches speeds of 98km/h.
- This Cheetah is notable for modifications in its paws. It is one of the only felids with semi-retractable claws and with pads that are modified for extra grip when running at speed and.