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Cheetah with a Camera

Can you imagine trying to put a headband with a GoPro on a cheetah? Odyssey must be an unusually cooperative cat. He is out on the hunt with his siblings, which gives us a chance to see a chase from the cheetah's point of view. When things get going really fast, the production slides into slow motion to keep us from falling out of our chairs.

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It's a clip from the PBS Nature 3-part series Animals With Cameras. The chase itself reminds me of a study we posted last week about how prey animals benefit when a predator cannot go in a straight line. Cheetahs can run more than 60 miles per hour, but only for about ten seconds, and only then if there are no obstacles to break their stride. In this cas, we feel good for the gnu, but the cheetahs are tired and still hungry.     


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