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Watch As The Fastest Mammal Slowly Moves Really Fast

Friday, March 08, 2013 - 05:32 PM

This isn't quite as impressive as taking the fastest thing ever and stopping it, but it's pretty damn amazing:

The first minute and half of the video is actually just 1.84 seconds, slowed down. I can’t believe how crazy fast that cheetah is. And I recommend taking the time to watch it all the way through. 

It’s very Zen.

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Comments [12]

Liz from So Calif

Magnificent. Thank you for this--yes it is very zen. Watching the muscles ripple as energy moves throughout her body, all in just a flash. Only way to really appreciate it is in super slo-mo so again thank you.

Another commenter mentioned that this zoo and Sarah the cheetah were in HuffPo awhile back and I did see that, but this brings the cheetah's physiology into the art form it is and let's us appreciate it so much more fully. Many thanks.

Mar. 21 2013 03:34 AM

the best moments in life seem to be more surreal than real. thanks for the dose of surreality

Mar. 17 2013 12:57 AM

in reply to frank patrick: i'm sorry but to me, that sounds like nothing but human arrogance/ego centrism. if you really think you can design a machine that moves with this same fluid grace, DO IT! it'd likely be an idea that could profit millions in some way. i think what you saw was the track that was dragging the toy the CHEETAH was chasing. you're lending too much of your human faults to a cheetah to assume it'd get frustrated and misplace it's aggression, real creatures of nature don't do that, because they know failure is a part of life.

Mar. 16 2013 01:17 PM
Jonathan Crow from Santa Cruz, CA

Interesting how the left side is first and last to touch. Made me wonder if Cheetahs are left or right footed.

Mar. 16 2013 02:01 AM
Chris from CA

Bravo. Incredible job capturing the raw beauty of nature.

Mar. 15 2013 02:10 AM
scedastic

Notice how the head stays almost completely level to keep the eyes on the target.
No movement is wasted.
Elegance.

Mar. 13 2013 09:34 PM
Trike

Gorgeous. When I was in South Africa at the wild cat rehab center, one of the cheetahs trotted from the rear of his enclosure to the front, a distance similar to what's seen in this video, and even at quarter speed it was difficult to process how fast he was.

Mar. 12 2013 11:14 AM

I just cannot wrap my brain around how fast that is...1.84 seconds. How does the body move that fast...WOW.

Mar. 10 2013 12:24 AM
Erin Melissa Applegarth from Albany, NY

She is Beautiful <3

Mar. 09 2013 12:42 PM
Frank Patrick from The great state of New Jersey

The trick is given away during the credits. Those two guys at the end of the run are actually controlling the mechanical cat with a remote. Otherwise, wouldn't a real cat be frustrated after the run and attack them?

Mar. 09 2013 08:55 AM
Magwi from Cincinnati, OH

Two things to note:
1.) Not only is the cheetah the fastest land animal, but one of the cheetahs in that video, Sarah, is in fact the world's fastest cheetah. She's amazing: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/03/fastest-cheetah-breaks-record-video_n_1736862.html

2.) You can see these cheetahs run, in person, in one of the coolest zoo shows I have every seen. They do it EVERY SINGLE DAY during the summer at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which is an amazing place well worth the trip. Seeing this video is all the more awesome because I have seen that cheetah run in real time. It's blindingly fast, and just as beautiful.

Mar. 09 2013 12:15 AM
Hari Rao from Chicago

Wow!! the first 1.5 minutes is actually 1.84 seconds?!!!! How many times does the cat's legs even touch the ground???? Can any human even move any appendage that fast? Are a hummingbird's wings faster?? Just some thoughts that come to mind. #MIND BLOWN.

Mar. 08 2013 07:40 PM

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