Mammals
Mammal Gallery
'Royalty -African cheetah' 86 x 66cm Pastel - drawing on Colourfix paper
The most elegant of the big cats is the Cheetah. The fastest land mammal is also one of the most vulnerable. Its non-retractible claws function like running spikes but are consequently rather blunt. When combined with fairly small and weak jaws the cheetahs only real defence is speed and it is persecuted by many larger carnivores as well as humans.
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