What Is the Fastest Animal on Earth?

The top speed man has run is about 25 miles per hour; the fastest dog, the greyhound, reaches a speed of 40 miles per hour; racehorses have been timed at 50 miles per hour; and antelopes can go close to 60 miles per hour.

Cheetah in Kenya

But none of them can come close to the world’s fastest runner, the cheetah. No animal on earth can outrun the cheetah’s 70-mile per hour speed.

what is the fastest animal on earth

This swift, graceful jungle cat lives in Asia and Africa, where it can be tamed and used for hunting. The native hunters blindfold the animal and hold it on a leash.

When game appears, the cheetah is freed. It then makes a running dash for its prey and holds it down until the hunters can reach it.

In other news, some people think that certain birds like the peregrine falcon are faster than the cheetah. Yup, it’s true that it can go faster (about 180mph), but not under its own power.

We’re also convinced that Chuck Norris could beat them all if he tries hard enough. We’ll upload a video as soon as we can get our hands on it.

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