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Houston Zoo Lets Cheetahs Run On Horse Track

Posted: Jan. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Cheetahs
Houston Zoo via YouTube

The Houston Zoo has been offering their cheetah bothers Kito and Kiburi the chance to stretch their legs and go full sprint at a local horse track due to the zoo lacking a long enough run for the cheetahs to reach top speed.

Two Houston Zoo cheetahs recently had a chance to stretch their legs on a run, and their stunning speed was caught on camera.

 

"They need about 600 feet," Beth Schaefer, the zoo's curator of primates and carnivores told The Houston Chronicle. "We don't have that straightaway anywhere on zoo grounds."

 

The five-year-old brothers, Kito and Kiburi, were taken to the fenced turf horse racing track at Sam Houston Park and even taken off their leash during the last two visits.

 

As male cheetahs tend to form small "coalitions" of two to four brothers, Kito and Kiburi seemed extremely comfortable together on the track.

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