Let’s start with a very bold statement: The Cheetah is considered the fastest land animal.
We’re going to talk about this very fast animal because Marisa, of Mrs. Long’s third grade class suggested it, and I thought the idea was brilliant for a couple of reasons; They are endangered, and you know that my passion is to bring attention to endangered animals, and;They were always one of my favorite animals (I guess they still are!).
So let’s go back to that very bold statement above and look at it very carefully. First, let's discover the most important word in the sentence; LAND. If we consider ALL animals (land, sea and air), the fastest animal is actually a bird; the Peregrine Falcon. The Peregrine Falcon has been clocked at speeds of over 200 miles an hour, but this speed is in a hunting dive, not straight flying.