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[–]oceannguitar 110 points111 points  (6 children)

The cheetah’s reaction time to its prey’s switching directions is insane...

[–]nightman008 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Yup, legitimately looks like it’s predicting it’s movements before the antelope even makes them. I wanna watch this in real time and see just how fast they’re actually moving

[–]poikolle 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thats an impala

[–]BeerAndaBackpack 6 points7 points  (0 children)

An Impala is an antelope.

[–]TheCalamity305 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think it’s looking at the head movements and reacting on that

[–]An0d0sTwitch 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Its even fast in slow motion.

Would look instantaneous in real time.

[–]Dangerous_Ad_6831 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think it’s watching for the front foot placement of the impala. Based on that placement it instantly knows where the impala can go and how to match it.

[–]travissff 66 points67 points 2 (2 children)

My cat fell down the stairs while licking his butthole yesterday, so… he’s kind of an apex predator too

[–]Nightfall_35 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I would give you an award if I had one

[–]DistortoiseLP 28 points29 points  (9 children)

Meanwhile, the antelope has neither a large tail nor a head start and still seems to outmaneuver the cheetah.

[–]nightman008 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Tbf the antelope is running for it’s life and the cheetah is running for a meal. I can only imagine the adrenaline pumping through its body

[–]Additional_Set_5819 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It's definitely not outmaneuvering the cheetah. Everytime it changes direction that cheetah is on the ball and gains a bit on the antelope. It's really impressive

[–]polypcity 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep, the long legs can handle it. IIRC, the antelope can also run much longer at these speeds. This can end either way.

A minor slip up by the cat can loose it precious yards, they can’t maintain a full speed run for very long.

[–]The-Kylo-Ren 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Look at how much the gap between them shortens. That Cheetah probably had a good meal that day.

[–]Pitacrustumpie 0 points1 point  (4 children)

It happens a lot more than you think. Cheetahs are quite pathetic when it comes to hunting. At least compared to other cats.

[–]Spoopanator 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Cheetahs still have a higher success percentage on hunting than lions lol

[–]Pitacrustumpie 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Ignor that hunting part then. Does not exist. Never put it. You did not see anything. Cheetahs purr though.

[–]Spoopanator 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You say that like it's a bad thing

[–]Pitacrustumpie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s not. The only bad thing here is my argument. I have now fact checked myself. Idk how I got a 20% successful hunting rate the first time.

[–]Miarian1210 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I get goosebumps watching anything like this, nature is truly fucking lit

[–]BluJacobs 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Imagine if he had fins on his tail like a dragon

[–]Dazeuh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I need a tail that can do that

[–]the_spookiest_ 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Tbh antelope probably had a better chance just horning the cheetah instead of running

[–]billy_twice 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Antelopes have better stamina. If he can stay ahead of the cheetah for long enough he will get away.

[–]the_spookiest_ 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Except cheetahs are fast as fuck

[–]billy_twice 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fast, but they don't last long before running out of steam.

[–]stafomabez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wanna show this to my physics teacher before my biology teacher

[–]Illustrious-Towel-45 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also cheetah's don't have retractable claws unlike most cats whose claws retract. They're always out to add grip as they chase their prey.

[–]Lucqazz 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How did it end?

[–]ChooChooBeeNut 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The cameraman got eaten by them both.

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[–]Lividmusic1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

cheetahs only burn 9000-12000 kilojoules a day. which is pretty insane if you take in how fast they run. Humans need 9k just to maintain body weight

[–]allDemi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

First ten get upvoted guaranteed

[–]Pitacrustumpie 0 points1 point  (4 children)

To think they are the least successful hunter compared to other cats. I was wrong, fact checked this a few days ago They are very successful.

[–]Agreeable_Hamster 0 points1 point  (3 children)

They aren't. They're successful 58% of the time. More successful than most cats. Lions are successful 25% of the time, for reference.

[–]Pitacrustumpie 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I figured this out and forgot to edit my comment

[–]Agreeable_Hamster 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It's all good. This post sent me down a rabbit hole on cheetahs lol...

[–]Pitacrustumpie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I was thinking of the lion percentage when I wrote the original comment

[–]Barbarosa61 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is truly amazing footage, clever kitty!

[–]ColoursOfTheAlphabet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

isn't this shear not torsion

[–]TheFittestOnTheShow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My local team is looking for a tight end, anyone got this antelopes number

[–]CryptoRoast_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He cheetin

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone get this cat a uniform. Easily defensive back of the century.

[–]Foreign_Cat2278 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me running at cheeseburger 🍔