While the Houston Zoo's cheetahs haven't broken pro sports' species barrier, they're at least able to get in a good workout at the Houston Dynamo's practice field.
Thanks to the Dynamo, the six-year old brothers, Kiburi and Kito, get to run at the Houston Sports Park once or twice a month, Zoo spokesman Brian Hill told us in an email. He also told us to pay particular attention to the 26-second point: "In the slow-motion part of the video, watch the cheetah's spine. The secret to the cheetah's speed is its spine, which coils and uncoils like a spring catapulting the cat forward."
That's probably the coolest thing we're going to hear all week.
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"So far, their top speed is just over 50 miles an hour," Hill explained. "Over short distances, cheetahs in the wild can hit 60 mph. In the wild, the average speed during a chase when hunting is around 40 mph."
We bet K&K would hit that 60 mph mark if that was a real freakin' duck. (Then again, what kind of monster duck would move that fast? On land, no less? But we digress.)
Bottom line: These cats rule.