At the top speed of 48.28km/h, Usain Bolt may be the fastest human. but he has got nothing on the speedsters of the animal kingdom.
Here are the 10 fastest mammals on this planet.
With the help of its strong hind legs, a jackrabbit can leap up to 3m and some can even leap as far as 6m. Jackrabbits can reach a speed of 72km/h and use a combination of leaps and zig-zags to outrun predators.
Greyhounds are the fastest dogs and are bred primarily for racing and coursing game. They can run as fast as 74km/h.
Hares are very agile and have fast reflexes and can reach maximum speeds of 56 km/h in short distances of approximately 90 meters, and a top speed of 80 km/h for about 20 meters.
The blackbuck antelopes are long-distance runners and can sustain speeds of 80 km/h for over 1.5 km at a time. Each of its strides can be anywhere between 5.8–6.7 m.
The lion is the second fastest wild cat reaching a top running speed of 80.5 km/h but only for very short bursts. The sprints can be highly exhausting, hence forcing them to sneak closer to their prey before starting the attack.
Both, the blue wildebeest and the black wildebeest are extremely fast runners, which allows them to flee from predators.They are better at endurance running than at sprinting but can reach a maximum running speed of around 80 km/h.
The springbok, an antelope of the gazelle tribe in southern Africa can run up to 88km/h. They make long jumps and sharp turns while running and are poor long-distance runners.
The pronghorn (American antelope) is the fastest animal over long distances; it can run 56 km/h for 6 km, 67 km/h for 1.6 km , and 88.5 km/h for 0.8 km.
2. Free-tailed Bat
The Molossidae, or free-tailed bats are a family of bats within the order Chiroptera. During its flight, the tail wind is what allows free-tailed bats to reach high speeds of about 96.6km/h.
The cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 96.6 km/h in under three seconds. Due to limited endurance, most cheetahs run for only 60 seconds at a time. When sprinting, cheetahs spend more time in the air than on the ground. Their speed may lie between 109.4–120.7 km/h, making them the fastest mammal on the planet Earth.