The cheetah

The cheetah’s way of hunting is very unique. Being the savannah and semi-desert inhabitant in Africa and South Asia it differs from other cats in extreme speed. You cannot tell by its appearance that this is a squat, powerful panther. It looks more like a leggy, hound-gutted borzoi; moreover, the cheetah’s short claws resemble the dog’s ones. Judging upon this, the cheetah’s victims become small, light gazelles. The cheetah is not so powerful to take a bigger hoofed victim. Having approached several hundred meters to the grazing herd, it rushes into a scud developing speed up to 115km/hour. The victim tries to escape not by the fast run, but the maneuver skills: the cheetah has nothing but to slow down each time and turn following the light-footed runner that always darts from one side to another. However, the carnivore gives ups in a few minutes; if it doesn’t reach and strike the gazelle within this time, the cheetah stops chasing and falls into the shady shrubs to recover breath for a while.

The humming and snarling|| tiger|| Everyone knows that cats can hum. This way they show their being in a good mood. We want you to pay attention how the cat is humming; it’s like as if there was a small motor inside that makes a musical sound as they exhale and inhale. This is what all small cats can do. Bigger cats cannot produce this everlasting “song”. Because of their laryngeal cartilage special structure they are able to make humming sounds only while exhaling.

Unlike small cats, the big ones are capable to generate the thunderous deep-chested roars, which can be heard in the distance of several hundred meters. You can often hear lions roaring during their night hunting. It is believed that they spread panic among the hoofed animals following the principle “wins the one, who frightens”.

The Amur tiger is surprisingly tight-lipped. The well-experienced hunters that have spent much time in the Ussuri taiga have never whispered a sound. They only make roars while chasing, especially the tigress. This carnivorous animal, which is the biggest among the cats, has a special hunting manner: during the deer tournaments that take place in the autumn, the tiger uses its “vocal sounds” making it sound similar to the stag-bull’s roars. The latter one hurries up for the challenge hoping to meet the match, but suddenly it meets the sly and steel-hearted hunter.

The way the cats carve the kill is also interesting. The small cats always sit aside drawn in horns and dress the kill out using only their teeth. It moves the meat from one tooth to another by turning the head from one side to another chewing the piece until it’s ready to swallow. The lynx and hare make it the same way and never put the paw on the kill. The big cat makes it in a different way. They bed comfortably their barrel with their paw tightly put on the victim and literally takes off the pieces of meat out of kill with its fangs.

If there is a pride of lions that surrounded the knocked down antelope, the varmints catch hold of the breathless corpse like being mad; the body stands still in the air for a moment, and yet you can see the animals go each their own way to the shady umbrella-like acacia with a piece of meat in their mouth.

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