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Cheetah Facts

- The cheetah can purr as it inhales, but cannot roar.

- Cheetahs live 8 to 10 years in the wild.

- The cheetah is often mistaken for a leopard.

- An estimated 9,000 to 12,000 cheetahs remain in the wild.

- The name cheetah comes from an Indian word meaning "spotted one."

- The cheetah's favorite prey is the gazelle.

- The cheetahs have been used in hunting sports in ancient times.