Cheetahs are famous for being the fastest short-distance runners. They can accelerate from a walking speed to about 40 mph (65 kmh) in less than 2 seconds. Their top speed is an amazing 70 mph (110 kmh). They can leap 23 feet (7 m) in a single stride. This is about five times the length of a cheetah's body. The cat can keep up its highest-speed pursuit for two or three football fields, or 220 to 330 yards (200 to 300 m).
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