Locomotion dynamics of hunting in wild cheetahs

  title={Locomotion dynamics of hunting in wild cheetahs},
  author={A. M. Wilson and John Lowe and Kyle Roskilly and Penny E. Hudson and Krystyna A. Golabek and J. Weldon Mcnutt},
Although the cheetah is recognised as the fastest land animal, little is known about other aspects of its notable athleticism, particularly when hunting in the wild. Here we describe and use a new tracking collar of our own design, containing a combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) and inertial measurement units, to capture the locomotor dynamics and outcome of 367 predominantly hunting runs of five wild cheetahs in Botswana. A remarkable top speed of 25.9 m s−1 (58 m.p.h. or 93 km h−1… 

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