The cheetah has black ’tear tracks’ running from the inside corner of each eye to the mouth. These marks may serve as an antiglare mechanism for daytime hunting.
The cheetah is the only cat that cannot retract its claws. This helps it get a better grip while running- like a football player’s cleats.
In the 16th century, emperors and other royalty hunted gazelles with trained cheetahs.
A sprinting cheetah can run as fast as a car. It can reach 45 miles per hour within 2.5 seconds. Its top speed —up to 64 miles per hour—can only be only in brief bursts.