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Locomotion dynamics of hunting in wild cheetahs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23765495     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
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)) was recorded, but most cheetah hunts involved only moderate speeds. We recorded some of the highest measured values for lateral and forward acceleration, deceleration and body-mass-specific power for any terrestrial mammal. To our knowledge, this is the first detailed locomotor information on the hunting dynamics of a large cursorial predator in its natural habitat.
Authors:
A M Wilson; J C Lowe; K Roskilly; P E Hudson; K A Golabek; J W McNutt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature     Volume:  498     ISSN:  1476-4687     ISO Abbreviation:  Nature     Publication Date:  2013 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410462     Medline TA:  Nature     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  185-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Structure & Motion Laboratory, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Hatfield AL9 7TA, UK. awilson@rvc.ac.uk
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BB/J018007/1//Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

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