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(Science Daily)   Scientists gain new insight into how cheetahs catch their prey. Apparently they cheat   (sciencedaily.com) divider line 24
    More: Interesting, cheetahs, Biological Sciences at Queen, scientists, NERC New Investigator, School of Biological Sciences, Natural Environment Research Council, Queen's University, Royal Society  
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2013-09-05 05:41:13 PM  
That's why I stay out of Africa. Too many cheetahs.
 
2013-09-05 05:41:56 PM  
fark. I meant play poker in Africa.

/Old joke.
 
2013-09-05 05:46:58 PM  
The hard part was running fast enough in a lab coat to put the GPS devices on the cheetahs.
 
2013-09-05 06:09:53 PM  
They had an unlimited blue shell code?
 
2013-09-05 06:16:28 PM  
Leave it to scientists to use 3000 words to explain the obvious.

Anyone who has watched a cheetah chase video (or housecats for that matter) already knows this.

What is it about Ph.Ds that turns brilliant people into blithering idiots?
 
2013-09-05 06:32:41 PM  
Well, the Cheat is to the limit.
 
2013-09-05 06:57:53 PM  
Repetitive article is repetitive.
 
2013-09-05 07:09:25 PM  
FTFA:
A new research study has revealed that the cheetah, the world's fastest land animal, matches and may even anticipate the escape tactics of different prey when hunting, rather than just relying on its speed and agility as previously thought.

No shiat, Sherlock. Ever watched IRL (or even a video of) a cat - domestic or wild - chasing down it's prey?
 
2013-09-05 07:20:07 PM  
Cheetahs gonna cheat.
 
2013-09-05 07:21:59 PM  

Head_Shot: What is it about Ph.Ds that turns brilliant people into blithering idiots?


it's not the PhD ...

http://xkcd.com/231/
 
2013-09-05 07:34:19 PM  

farkingismybusiness: That's why I stay out of Africa. Too many All the damn cheetahs.


filmdope.com
 
2013-09-05 08:01:30 PM  
Well, if I was snorting that orange dust while jamming to Rush, I could outrun anything else too.


/Looked in the mirror tonight.
 My eyes just didn't seem so bright.....
 I lost a few more hairs
 I think, I think...I'm going bald!
 
2013-09-05 08:11:51 PM  

farkingismybusiness: fark. I meant play poker in Africa.

/Old joke.


I don't like how well elephants count cards.
 
2013-09-05 08:52:05 PM  

Surool: farkingismybusiness: That's why I stay out of Africa. Too many All the damn cheetahs.

[filmdope.com image 320x240]


What came to mind as well lol
 
2013-09-05 09:26:49 PM  
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NERC!
 
2013-09-05 09:45:33 PM  
Why are cheetahs going extinct?  Because cheetahs never prosper...
 
2013-09-05 10:48:31 PM  

Head_Shot: Leave it to scientists to use 3000 words to explain the obvious.

Anyone who has watched a cheetah chase video (or housecats for that matter) already knows this.

What is it about Ph.Ds that turns brilliant people into blithering idiots?


The burden of proof?
 
2013-09-05 10:52:13 PM  
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fark you Marlin!
 
2013-09-05 11:20:59 PM  
On this episode of Cheata's:

Chelsea Cheetah suspects that her husband, Chesney, is matching and even anticipating the escape tactics of different prey when hunting, instead of relying on his speed and agility to catch her dinner, as he told her when they first became involved. Chelsea is also concerned that Chesney is accelerating toward a certain nubile Cheetah in their pride, before slowing down and allowing her to mirror prey-specific escaping tactics, which take her out of range before Chelsea becomes suspicious. Chelsea believes that her husband is using speed to enable rapid turns, in a predator-cheata' arms race, and Chelsea fears that Chesney has developed a new and different chase strategy than he used with her, that he is now using on a different prey species. Let's watch........
 
2013-09-06 12:04:13 AM  
Cheetahs nevah win...

except for foot races and hotdog eating contests.
 
2013-09-06 01:01:25 AM  

Lava Lamp Repairman: FTFA:
A new research study has revealed that the cheetah, the world's fastest land animal, matches and may even anticipate the escape tactics of different prey when hunting, rather than just relying on its speed and agility as previously thought.

No shiat, Sherlock. Ever watched IRL (or even a video of) a cat - domestic or wild - chasing down it's prey?


I don't think a video of a cat chasing a Roomba is sufficient to show that they have different chase patterns -- including different top speeds with associated changes in agility -- based on the species of prey being pursued. Considering that a cheetah is also highly specialized for speed, it would be easy to assume that speed is its main tactic, without much focus on intelligence and prediction of behavior.
 
2013-09-06 03:52:08 AM  
Don't all predators change their tactics depending on what prey they are stalking?  I've definitely  seen dogs track / chase bunnies very differently than they do cats and those very differently than they do birds.  Bears have different styles depending on if they're chasing moose or a ground squirrel.  It just stands to reason that a predator knows, through experience, trial and error, and observation that certain prey behaves certain ways.  I'd think that's how they'd know what is easiest to catch or is more worth the effort.

Of course, maybe I credit the beasts with too much intelligence.  But enough about the scientists.
 
2013-09-06 08:10:56 AM  
It's almost like they discovered that a five year old cheetah will have a better success rate than a one year old cheetah, even if they have the same time in the 100 yard dash.

Next week, wolves tend to anticipate each others moves in order to hunt as a pack.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-06 08:46:43 AM  
Approves

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