Cheetah Breaks Own Speed Record: Think Usain Bolt is fast? He ain't got nuttin' on Sarah, the Cincinnati Zoo's 11-year-old cheetah.
Sarah ran 100 meters in 5.95 seconds recently, compared to Bolt's 9.58 seconds and lopping off time from her 6.13-second previous record sprint, the zoo says in a press release.
Her top speed was 61 mph. And what made her run that fast? A fluffy toy dragged along the ground, of course.
Cheetahs are uniquely suited to sprint, with their long spines, horse-like gaits and cleat-like claws. Their running technique is unrivaled in the animal kingdom; they spend more than half their time in the air.
Cheetah populations are at endangered levels, with only about 12,000 maximum alive today. Take a look at Sarah's run here: