November 30, 2012

Incredible high-speed cheetah footage

National Geographic and the Cincinnati Zoo teamed up to create some captivating footage:

Using a Phantom camera filming at 1200 frames per second while zooming beside a sprinting cheetah, the team captured every nuance of the cat’s movement as it reached top speeds of 60+ miles per hour.

Stick around ’til 5:40 or so to see the contraption used to drive the camera. Watching the cat pursue the stuffed target, my wife sat next to me & quietly whispered “Get it, get it, get it!” [Via Danny Smythe]

Posted by John Nack at 8:03 AM on November 30, 2012

Comments

  • Steve Snyder — 6:47 PM on November 30, 2012

    Thanks for this – Watched it half a dozen times now & am still fascinated. Love the part starting at about 2:35 where he just about catches the decoy – he leans into it, opens his mouth & you can actually see him reach out & turn his paw sideways to swipe at it & then realizes he won’t get it & turns his paw back to the ground.

  • Joel Schilling — 10:26 AM on December 01, 2012

    Amazing video, what a beautiful animal…

  • Jan Erik Edvartsen — 10:44 AM on December 01, 2012

    Thank you for this post. What a beautiful animal. This is poetry in motion :)

  • Alex — 7:20 PM on December 02, 2012

    Fantastic!! This is what we live for.

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