Top 10 Fastest Land Animals in the World

2. Pronghorn Antelope

The pronghorn antelope is now the fastest land animal in the northern part of the world after the American cheetah became extinct. Anatomically speaking, the pronghorn antelopes have large lungs and heart to support its stunning speed of 63 mph. The eye sight of pronghorn antelope is extraordinary because it can see as clear as a high powered binocular. Because of its weight of about 90 to 120 pounds, it prefers crossing underneath objects rather than jumping over them.

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  1. A correction on the cheetah. They do not have sharp claws. Their claws are always partially out so are blunt from touching the ground. They are semi-retractable and used for grip when running, not for climbing trees or bringing prey down. They also do not have strong jaws. Their heads are smaller than other big cats and because they have large nasal passages to bring in more oxygen when running, they have a smaller jaw and shorter canines. Because of this, they usually kill their prey by grasping the throat and suffocating rather than biting through the neck like most big cats. They are built for speed so lack the strength and power of other big cats.

    The Cape Hunting Dog is an old name and Wild Dog is more commonly used today.

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