The Cheetah: Our Fastest Land Animal on Earth

With a flexible spine, streamlined body and claws that don't fully retract, the cheetah can reach 60mph in three seconds - making it the fastest land mammal on earth. Also, those black tear marks under their eyes act like natural sunglasses to reduce glare from the sun. The cheetah is part of the cat family along with lions, tigers, not bears, leopards, cougars, and jaguars - but it has some neat differences that make it stand out from the rest (like those semi-retractable claws)! Another interesting feature about the cheetah - they cannot roar! They lack the proper hyoid bone structure to do so! There are so many awesome features and adaptations to learn about with all of the different cat species - I challenge you to pick your favorite (yes it can be your beloved Mr. Whiskers) and find out a fun feline fact about them!

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