The cheetah is sandy tan with black spots smaller than the leopard's. The cheetah also has a black "tear line" going down from each eye to the mouth, nonretractable claws, small head, a big nose, a flexible spine, long, thin, muscular legs, a large chest, a tiny waist, and a long, muscular tail. The cheetah can weigh up to 140 pounds, 60 pounds smaller than the leopard.
In Real Life
The cheetah is the fastest land animal. Despite running up to 70 miles per hour, it can't run very long, or it might overheat. The favorite meal of a cheetah is Thomson gazelle. Young male cheetahs often hang out together in small groups called "coalitions" from 2 to 4. A male and female can spend a few days together when they mate, and then, after about 3 months, the female alone can have up to eight cubs per litter. The average is 4. She must move her cubs every day to keep lions, leopards, and hyenas from eating them. The cheetah is endangered mainly because of habitat destruction and fur coats. There are 12,000 cheetahs in Africa and 200 in the Middle East.
In "The Wild Thornberrys"
In "Cheetahs Never Prosper"
Eliza finds a mother cheetah and her cub Tano in a dried up watering hole. Soon, Tano gets separated from his mother by mistake. Eliza, Darwin, and Donnie save him from jackals by climbing a dead tree when they tried to eat the cub. Tano's mother arrives and tries to eat Eliza, Donnie, and Darwin. But the rains arrive. Then the cheetahs drink from a filled up watering hole with elephants, antelopes, zebras, foxes, giraffes, lions, wildebeests, and buffaloes.
In the movie
When Eliza is playing in the grassland with Akela the cheetah's three cubs Tally, Tully, and Darry, poachers arrive and steal one of them, Tally. After several days, Eliza and Darwin find the cub and after a fight with the poachers in the elephant reserve, they return Tally to his mother.
Gallery of Real Cheetahs