​Fastest Animals In The World Can Reach Speeds Of 60 MPH

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August 13, 2012

The fastest animals can build powerful speed like no invented-machine in the world, and they use this speed to escape their predators, but you’ll be surprised their maximum measurements by nature.

For example, the world’s fasted animal is the cheetah. The cheetah has an “acceleration that would leave most automobiles in the dust; a cheetah can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 3 seconds,” according to the National Geographic. This large cat has exceptional eyesight to scan for prey.

For more than a million years, the pronghorn antelope has roamed North America. “The running gait of the pronghorn is beautifully smooth and their powerful legs can carry them at a remarkable pace across the roughest kind of terrain. Pronghorns can reach speeds of 60 mph,” notes the National Park Service.

Lions roam grassy plains and open woodlands of the sub-Saharan region. Lions may be as long as 48 inches and weigh up to 500 pounds. When looking for prey the lion can reach speeds as fast as 50 mph.

The Thomson’s gazelle roams the grasslands and open plains of northern Tanzania and southern Kenya. This gazelle weighs 35 to 55 pounds and is exceptionally alert to sounds and movements, and its fine sense of hearing, sight and smell balances its vulnerability on the open plains, according to the Out to Africa website. The Thomson’s gazelle is able to run 50 mph.

The wildebeest belongs to the antelope family. The Afrikaans began calling the gnu the wildebeest because it had a shaggy mane, sharp horns, pointed beard and a huge head. Wildebeest can weigh as much as 600 pounds and run as fast as 50 mph.

A springbok may reach a speed of 50 mph. The springbok’s main predators consist of leopards, lions, humans and lions. This reddish-brown, small antelope may leap up to 13 feet.

The quarter horse has heavy muscling, a stocky built and a compact appearance. This well-defined horse can sprint 47.5 mph. “Quarter horses are quick, balanced and agile. They are collected in action and stand at ease with their legs well under them.

These are only some of the fastest land animals in the world, but as you can see, some of them can outrun an automobile with their speeds.