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(io9)   Coolest high-def, ultra-slow-mo video of a cheetah you'll see .... well, ever   ( io9.com) divider line
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2012-11-27 09:08:12 PM  
That was seriously good. I like how the first part of the video is roughly 2 seconds of actual running.
 
2012-11-27 09:24:23 PM  
That was beautiful The first part of the video almost made me want to cry, but then I saw a flash of cheetah junk and it was all good.
 
2012-11-27 09:25:42 PM  
I love how the head remains almost perfectly still, so that the cheetah doesn't lose track of the animal.
 
2012-11-27 11:00:30 PM  

Makh: That was seriously good. I like how the first part of the video is roughly 2 seconds of actual running.


It was amazing watching that creep along as the cat took stride after stride.
 
2012-11-27 11:03:56 PM  
brilliant. amazing when they slow down, their biceps and triceps don't look much different from ours, though extremely toned. but the whole back half does shiat ours is so far away from. gorgeous animals.
 
2012-11-27 11:44:00 PM  
That's amazing. Right about 5:20 you can see the cat flex its paws -- claws out, toes spread -- in anticipation for the next leap. Wow.
 
2012-11-28 12:04:38 AM  
The last :90 of credits and backslapping was well done

//eyeroll

///actual vid of the cheetah was cool
 
2012-11-28 12:04:48 AM  

Rincewind53: I love how the head remains almost perfectly still, so that the cheetah doesn't lose track of the animal.


I thought that too.
 
2012-11-28 12:22:38 AM  
Link to the original National Geographic article (^) for those who abhor io9 and prefer the original source. ;)
 
2012-11-28 01:16:56 AM  
I'm thinking of the olympic cartoon with a goat and cheetah holding hands during a marathon, falling in love in slomo
 
2012-11-28 01:23:02 AM  
Actually leads me to wonder where the kangaroo's hop came from.

The kangaroo occupies an ecological niche similar to the deer, but I don't associate a predator. I wonder if the Australian aboriginals had something to do with that.
 
2012-11-28 01:24:37 AM  
Yes, coolest I've ever seen. Incredible and beautiful.

Also a bit sad considering the sorry state of their numbers nowadays.
 
2012-11-28 01:28:42 AM  
Even my housecat paused to watch the screen with me.

/but then she sleeps on the back of my chair, so she might have just woke up when the video game sounds stopped.

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2012-11-28 01:49:46 AM  
"stunning" lol

farking children writing web articles while masturbating in public.


I've seen a slow-mo video of a cheetah closing on prey at about 50mph, the prey didn't move. The cheetah snagged it, tore if off the ground breaking the prey's stuck leg and did a tumble, the prey arched into the air as the cheetah and it tumbled downrange a bit and the cheetah recovered enough to pounce back on the prey and kill it.

like the best cat attack video out there on the web... and it was 1986

lol


farking children masturbating on the web like everything is so new.
 
2012-11-28 01:51:15 AM  

wildcardjack: Actually leads me to wonder where the kangaroo's hop came from.

The kangaroo occupies an ecological niche similar to the deer, but I don't associate a predator. I wonder if the Australian aboriginals had something to do with that.


deer "hop" too
 
2012-11-28 02:29:05 AM  
I cried with joy, and I kid you not. Made my wife watch it, too. Life... is ;)
 
2012-11-28 02:34:25 AM  

prjindigo: "stunning" lol

farking children writing web articles while masturbating in public.


I've seen a slow-mo video of a cheetah closing on prey at about 50mph, the prey didn't move. The cheetah snagged it, tore if off the ground breaking the prey's stuck leg and did a tumble, the prey arched into the air as the cheetah and it tumbled downrange a bit and the cheetah recovered enough to pounce back on the prey and kill it.

like the best cat attack video out there on the web... and it was 1986

lol


farking children masturbating on the web like everything is so new.


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2012-11-28 03:00:46 AM  

prjindigo: "stunning" lol

farking children writing web articles while masturbating in public.


I've seen a slow-mo video of a cheetah closing on prey at about 50mph, the prey didn't move. The cheetah snagged it, tore if off the ground breaking the prey's stuck leg and did a tumble, the prey arched into the air as the cheetah and it tumbled downrange a bit and the cheetah recovered enough to pounce back on the prey and kill it.

like the best cat attack video out there on the web... and it was 1986

lol


farking children masturbating on the web like everything is so new.


Wow, that made LOTS of sense!
 
2012-11-28 03:15:43 AM  
Beautiful. I love the section where the cat is getting close to the "prey", mouth open, claws out, and it just slips away 'cause they increased the speed of the pull.
 
2012-11-28 03:26:39 AM  
At least one of those cheetahs had a look in his eye that said he was really farking sick and tired of this stupid ragdoll outrunning him. A murderous look.

Gorgeous animals, just gorgeous.
 
2012-11-28 03:53:04 AM  

prjindigo: "stunning" lol

farking children writing web articles while masturbating in public.


I've seen a slow-mo video of a cheetah closing on prey at about 50mph, the prey didn't move. The cheetah snagged it, tore if off the ground breaking the prey's stuck leg and did a tumble, the prey arched into the air as the cheetah and it tumbled downrange a bit and the cheetah recovered enough to pounce back on the prey and kill it.

like the best cat attack video out there on the web... and it was 1986

lol


farking children masturbating on the web like everything is so new.


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2012-11-28 04:09:06 AM  

prjindigo: "stunning" lol

farking children writing web articles while masturbating in public.


I've seen a slow-mo video of a cheetah closing on prey at about 50mph, the prey didn't move. The cheetah snagged it, tore if off the ground breaking the prey's stuck leg and did a tumble, the prey arched into the air as the cheetah and it tumbled downrange a bit and the cheetah recovered enough to pounce back on the prey and kill it.

like the best cat attack video out there on the web... and it was 1986

lol


farking children masturbating on the web like everything is so new.


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2012-11-28 04:14:50 AM  
Totally Eadweard.
 
2012-11-28 04:16:24 AM  
I like the part where it runs.
 
2012-11-28 04:34:58 AM  
Anyone else notice the cheetah's big floppy balls?
 
2012-11-28 04:55:51 AM  
The finest proof of God ever offered on Fark.
 
2012-11-28 05:27:20 AM  
Fascinating animals.
 
2012-11-28 05:47:56 AM  

prjindigo: "stunning" lol

farking children writing web articles while masturbating in public.


I've seen a slow-mo video of a cheetah closing on prey at about 50mph, the prey didn't move. The cheetah snagged it, tore if off the ground breaking the prey's stuck leg and did a tumble, the prey arched into the air as the cheetah and it tumbled downrange a bit and the cheetah recovered enough to pounce back on the prey and kill it.

like the best cat attack video out there on the web... and it was 1986

lol


farking children masturbating on the web like everything is so new.


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I give more weight to your posts because of your history of truly understanding nature and shiat.
*rolls eyes*
 
2012-11-28 06:03:53 AM  
The timing of his movement was amazing. Right before it comes in contact with the ground, each paw is already moving backwards.

I would love to see the same camera shoot some video of Usain Bolt.
 
2012-11-28 07:43:52 AM  

wildcardjack: Actually leads me to wonder where the kangaroo's hop came from.

The kangaroo occupies an ecological niche similar to the deer, but I don't associate a predator. I wonder if the Australian aboriginals had something to do with that.


Aboriginals have 'only' inhabited the Australian land mass for about 40,000 years, since the last ice age - that last part is off the top of my head, so I may be corrected - by which time the basic mechanics of the kangaroo would have already been developed.

You got me thinking, though, so I looked it up and lifted this from Wikipedia: Kangaroos and wallabies have large, stretchy tendons in their hind legs. They store elastic strain energy in the tendons of their large hind legs, providing most of the energy required for each hop by the spring action of the tendons rather than by any muscular effort. This is true in all animal species which have muscles connected to their skeleton through elastic elements such as tendons, but the effect is more pronounced in kangaroos.

There is also a link between the hopping action and breathing: as the feet leave the ground, air is expelled from the lungs; bringing the feet forward ready for landing refills the lungs, providing further energy efficiency. Studies of kangaroos and wallabies have demonstrated that, beyond the minimum energy expenditure required to hop at all, increased speed requires very little extra effort (much less than the same speed increase in, say, a horse, dog or human), and that the extra energy is required to carry extra weight. For kangaroos, the key benefit of hopping is not speed to escape predators-the top speed of a kangaroo is no higher than that of a similarly sized quadruped, and the Australian native predators are in any case less fearsome than those of other countries - but economy: in an infertile country with highly variable weather patterns, the ability of a kangaroo to travel long distances at moderately high speed in search of food sources is crucial to survival.


What forced the ancestor of the kangaroo to develop these mechanics in the era of Australian mega-fauna, I have no idea.
 
2012-11-28 08:00:55 AM  
Gorgeous. Damn, big cats are amazing.
 
2012-11-28 08:12:12 AM  

JesusJuice: Anyone else notice the cheetah's big floppy balls?


NTTAWWT
 
2012-11-28 08:41:36 AM  
LOOKIT THAT SUMBIATCH GO!

If it come near my house, I kill it!
 
2012-11-28 08:54:18 AM  
Truly amazing, but watching the back legs land with paws outstretched, then seeing the rest of the leg touch the ground hurt me to watch it. I saw the Thiesman video one too many times, me thinks.
 
2012-11-28 08:59:24 AM  
If you ever have a chance to watch one run in person, GFI.

Truly an amazing thing to watch.

/have photos of one running directly at me at about 55MPH
//Won an award for it too.
 
2012-11-28 09:01:42 AM  
Will have to check that out tonight after I smoke... lava lamp like...
 
2012-11-28 09:07:49 AM  
I didn't have enough CPU to pull it off using Chrome. Tried Explorer 8 and was cruising at only 65%. Adobe flash drivers are up to date on both.. What gives?
 
2012-11-28 09:13:09 AM  
Not to take anything away from the tecnical accomplishment of the video. But the Cheetah is renowned as the world's fasted land animal. After the first couple of strides it more like watching a video of a jet fighter taxi.
 
2012-11-28 09:21:00 AM  

farker99: If you ever have a chance to watch one run in person, GFI.

Truly an amazing thing to watch.

/have photos of one running directly at me at about 55MPH
//Won an award for it too.


Pics or it didn't happen

/seriously, those sound like cool pics
 
2012-11-28 09:31:21 AM  
We were at the Bronx Zoo when my daughter was a toddler and we went to see the cheetah and I would swear that that cat was stalking my daughter. And anytime she would move one way the cheetah would follow her she'd turn around and the damn thing would do the same thing. Kind of cool, kind of creepy.
 
2012-11-28 09:41:51 AM  
The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
 
2012-11-28 09:42:27 AM  

Pentaxian: We were at the Bronx Zoo when my daughter was a toddler and we went to see the cheetah and I would swear that that cat was stalking my daughter. And anytime she would move one way the cheetah would follow her she'd turn around and the damn thing would do the same thing. Kind of cool, kind of creepy.


Stalking, not likely. Despite being an apex predator, cheetahs are extremely picky in their diet, mostly because they're actually very, very fragile creatures. Just about any kind of injury is a death sentence for a cheetah - unless they're travelling in a pack - because they rely on their speed to hunt. For a cheetah to consider a human, even a child human, as prey, it would have to have no fear of humans. Unlikely for a zoo cat.
Cheetahs were, and still are, one of the most tame-able of the "big cats".
 
2012-11-28 09:46:54 AM  

mr_a: I would love to see the same camera shoot some video of Usain Bolt.


Or maybe a video of that cheetah chasing Usain Bolt.

and then we'd all be 

Survivor smile link
 
2012-11-28 09:57:22 AM  

prjindigo: "stunning" lol

farking children writing web articles while masturbating in public.

I've seen a slow-mo video of a cheetah closing on prey at about 50mph, the prey didn't move. The cheetah snagged it, tore if off the ground breaking the prey's stuck leg and did a tumble, the prey arched into the air as the cheetah and it tumbled downrange a bit and the cheetah recovered enough to pounce back on the prey and kill it.

like the best cat attack video out there on the web... and it was 1986

lol

farking children masturbating on the web like everything is so new.


That's nice. Can you stop patting yourself on the back for a second and give us a link to that totally amazing, ultra cool video you saw or -- as an alternative -- STFU and let us enjoy this thing that's right in front of us, you smug-assed douche bag.
 
2012-11-28 10:00:57 AM  

Fano: I'm thinking of the olympic cartoon with a goat and cheetah holding hands during a marathon, falling in love in slomo


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2012-11-28 10:29:47 AM  

TwistedIvory: That's amazing. Right about 5:20 you can see the cat flex its paws -- claws out, toes spread -- in anticipation for the next leap. Wow.


Their claws are always out.
 
2012-11-28 10:58:42 AM  

PYROY: TwistedIvory: That's amazing. Right about 5:20 you can see the cat flex its paws -- claws out, toes spread -- in anticipation for the next leap. Wow.

Their claws are always out.


Cheetah's claws are semi-retractable.
 
2012-11-28 11:00:57 AM  

PYROY: TwistedIvory: That's amazing. Right about 5:20 you can see the cat flex its paws -- claws out, toes spread -- in anticipation for the next leap. Wow.

Their claws are always out.


Yep. I think they're one of the only species of cat that can't retract their claws.
 
2012-11-28 11:42:05 AM  

John Buck 41: The last :90 of credits and backslapping was well done

//eyeroll

///actual vid of the cheetah was cool


I liked both parts. I was fascinated by how much production went into producing the cheetah clips.
 
2012-11-28 11:55:59 AM  
yep.
 
2012-11-28 12:00:55 PM  
Meh....seen faster.

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Saw a BIG peregrine up close on the beach in South Texas a couple of weeks ago. Probably picking off migratory shorebirds.
 
2012-11-28 12:01:00 PM  
Awesome. Lots of time in the air, even considering the cat was shoving off like 10 times a second. I'd like to see that first 1.85 second section in slo-mo and then again at full speed immediately after, just for a better sense of what actually went down. Also, the distance covered at the supposedly 60 mph would've been nicer for me to know than what camera was used at how many fps.

The outstretched paw with fully extended claws trying to snag the bait was my favorite part.

The 8 billion scripts I had to enable over the course of 4 different page refreshes to see the video on that poorly coded webpage were my least favorite parts. I rather enjoy the content those guys have on their various sites, but they go out of their way to discourage my perusal of them.
 
2012-11-28 01:47:22 PM  

ABQGOD: John Buck 41: The last :90 of credits and backslapping was well done

//eyeroll

///actual vid of the cheetah was cool

I liked both parts. I was fascinated by how much production went into producing the cheetah clips.


The video from above showing a cheetah running at normal speed was very interesting in comparison.
 
2012-11-28 02:08:39 PM  
I feel bad for the poor fool who had to pull the string.

Eddie Ate Dynamite: The 8 billion scripts I had to enable over the course of 4 different page refreshes to see the video on that poorly coded webpage were my least favorite parts. I rather enjoy the content those guys have on their various sites, but they go out of their way to discourage my perusal of them.


And can you believe I had to enable HTML before stuff would even show up? Wow, I mean, how dumb are those guys!
 
2012-11-28 04:03:37 PM  
Its amazing how fulfilling that was on both an emotional and scientific level.
 
2012-11-28 04:08:00 PM  
After watching that, how can anyone dispute the existence of a Supreme Being, unless of course that was a streetlamp that was being filmed.
 
2012-11-28 04:36:04 PM  

Where's Farkdo: After watching that, how can anyone dispute the existence of a Supreme Being, unless of course that was a streetlamp that was being filmed.


If that's your proof, I'm a little miffed at him for not letting me run like that. And having a cool airbrake/rudder tail.

and not having spots. 'Cause the spots are cool.

j/k, please no G-d flamewarz.
Nice kitteh.
 
2012-11-28 04:53:57 PM  

prjindigo: "stunning" lol

farking children writing web articles while masturbating in public.


I've seen a slow-mo video of a cheetah closing on prey at about 50mph, the prey didn't move. The cheetah snagged it, tore if off the ground breaking the prey's stuck leg and did a tumble, the prey arched into the air as the cheetah and it tumbled downrange a bit and the cheetah recovered enough to pounce back on the prey and kill it.

like the best cat attack video out there on the web... and it was 1986

lol


farking children masturbating on the web like everything is so new.


Do you have a link?

To the cat video, I mean. Not the children masturbating.
 
2012-11-28 05:43:53 PM  
It really is impressive how much ground goes by between when the hind paws pull up to when they touch down again.
 
2012-11-28 05:53:03 PM  

Where's Farkdo: After watching that, how can anyone dispute the existence of a Supreme Being evolution, unless of course that was a streetlamp that was being filmed.


Fascinating... the statement works both ways except one has supporting evidence!
 
2012-11-28 06:04:25 PM  

ProfessorOhki: I feel bad for the poor fool who had to pull the string.

Eddie Ate Dynamite: The 8 billion scripts I had to enable over the course of 4 different page refreshes to see the video on that poorly coded webpage were my least favorite parts. I rather enjoy the content those guys have on their various sites, but they go out of their way to discourage my perusal of them.

And can you believe I had to enable HTML before stuff would even show up? Wow, I mean, how dumb are those guys!


Oh, so I guess it's just me that has problems with their site then. Go fark yourself.
 
2012-11-28 06:12:20 PM  

Eddie Ate Dynamite: ProfessorOhki: I feel bad for the poor fool who had to pull the string.

Eddie Ate Dynamite: The 8 billion scripts I had to enable over the course of 4 different page refreshes to see the video on that poorly coded webpage were my least favorite parts. I rather enjoy the content those guys have on their various sites, but they go out of their way to discourage my perusal of them.

And can you believe I had to enable HTML before stuff would even show up? Wow, I mean, how dumb are those guys!

Oh, so I guess it's just me that has problems with their site then. Go fark yourself.


Not at all. There's plenty of people here who disable standard web-browser functionality and then complain when the web doesn't work right. I mean, take Fark itself for example: it looks like ass with CSS disabled, but if I turned it on and brought my browser into line with 1996, what would I complain about in meta posts?
 
2012-11-28 06:25:28 PM  

ProfessorOhki: Eddie Ate Dynamite: ProfessorOhki: I feel bad for the poor fool who had to pull the string.

Eddie Ate Dynamite: The 8 billion scripts I had to enable over the course of 4 different page refreshes to see the video on that poorly coded webpage were my least favorite parts. I rather enjoy the content those guys have on their various sites, but they go out of their way to discourage my perusal of them.

And can you believe I had to enable HTML before stuff would even show up? Wow, I mean, how dumb are those guys!

Oh, so I guess it's just me that has problems with their site then. Go fark yourself.

Not at all. There's plenty of people here who disable standard web-browser functionality and then complain when the web doesn't work right. I mean, take Fark itself for example: it looks like ass with CSS disabled, but if I turned it on and brought my browser into line with 1996, what would I complain about in meta posts?


Oh, I'm sure you'd be able to find something to be a passive-aggressive dick about.
 
2012-11-28 06:30:04 PM  

Eddie Ate Dynamite: ProfessorOhki: Eddie Ate Dynamite: ProfessorOhki: I feel bad for the poor fool who had to pull the string.

Eddie Ate Dynamite: The 8 billion scripts I had to enable over the course of 4 different page refreshes to see the video on that poorly coded webpage were my least favorite parts. I rather enjoy the content those guys have on their various sites, but they go out of their way to discourage my perusal of them.

And can you believe I had to enable HTML before stuff would even show up? Wow, I mean, how dumb are those guys!

Oh, so I guess it's just me that has problems with their site then. Go fark yourself.

Not at all. There's plenty of people here who disable standard web-browser functionality and then complain when the web doesn't work right. I mean, take Fark itself for example: it looks like ass with CSS disabled, but if I turned it on and brought my browser into line with 1996, what would I complain about in meta posts?

Oh, I'm sure you'd be able to find something to be a passive-aggressive dick about.


Probably.
 
2012-11-28 08:26:48 PM  

wildcardjack: The kangaroo occupies an ecological niche similar to the deer, but I don't associate a predator.


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2012-11-28 08:50:13 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: wildcardjack: The kangaroo occupies an ecological niche similar to the deer, but I don't associate a predator.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 728x486]


Also marsupial lions...
 
2012-11-29 12:03:40 AM  
What I learned from this video:

All cats love balls of fluff on a string:)
 
2012-11-29 01:29:10 AM  
They should have had the cheetah chase a real animal and not a Tribble.
 
2012-11-29 08:31:16 AM  

flaflaflowhigh: They should have had the cheetah chase a real animal and not a Tribble.


My layman's guess is that they needed control over the run for the setup they were using.
 
2012-11-30 12:40:01 AM  
I read on the internet somewhere that they're only good for about a 15 second burst of speed. If they go too much faster than that, their internal temperature gets so high, they'll croak.

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