The word cheetah comes from an Indian word meaning spotted. Cheetahs had been very popular among Indian kings. They used to keep them as pets The cheetah is the fastest land animal found on earth. It's maximum speed is about seventy miles per hour. It's body structure helps him in running fast. Cheetah has long and slim legs, a rounded head set on a long neck and a deep chest. A male Cheetah will accompany a female for a short while after mating, but most often the female is alone or with her cubs. Cheetah mothers spend a long time teaching their young how to hunt. Small live antelopes are brought back to the cubs so they can learn to chase and catch them. The young cubs have a long gray blue skin and a black underbelly that rapidly lightens and becomes spotted. Cheetah does not roar like lion, rather purrs and growl. Cheetahs prey small animals like rabbits. The cheetah gets as close to the prey as possible, then in a sudden flashes on it. Once a cheetah kills the prey, it eats quickly and keeps an eye out for lions, leopards, hyenas, vultures and jackals so that they may not will steal. In some areas seventy percent of cheetah cubs die before three months, as they are highly susceptible to disease at this age.