This big cat is the fastest animal on land. Gazelles are quick too; but in a chase that can reach 70 miles per hour, this grazer doesn't stand a chance.
Blasting across the Serengeti at up 70 miles per hour...the cheetah is the world record holder for sprinting speed on land.
Gazelles are fast, too...but not fast enough.
The chase lasts less than a minute. Any longer and the cheetah's own body temperature could kill her.
Super speed at the cheetahs' level can take its toll on the body. But it is an advantage that's kept cheetahs alive on these plains for millions of years.