The cheetah is famous for being the fastest animal on earth. It can reach speeds of up to sixty-five miles per hour for short periods of time. More slightly built than the leopard, the cheetah weighs between eighty and one hundred and thirty pounds. The cheetah stands about thirty-two inches high at the shoulder and seven feet long including the tail. Cheetahs prefer to hunt in the early morning or late afternoon. The cheetah stalks it's prey, usually a small antelope, getting as close as possible. Then it chases the antelope for about three hundred feet. The prey is often brought to the ground having been tripped by a flick of the cheetah's paw. Cheetahs give birth to litters of two to four cubs, which stay with the mother for more than one year learning hunting and survival skills.