Do cheetahs die after sprinting for 30 seconds?
As we know, cheetahs are the fastest living land animals, for they can accelerate to around 120 km/h for 20–30 seconds, or even 60 seconds!
But despite their tremendous speed, cheetahs have very limited endurance, because should they keep their long pace up under the blazing African sun, they immediately die from over-heating. Indeed, the cheetah’s body temperatures increase over the course of the day, and once they reach their highest peak (around 40 degrees Celsius) when running, the cat will immediately break off its run so as to not get overheated.
The reason for this lies in the fact that when the cheetah runs at full speed, blood pumping rates from the heart to other body parts also become fast, because the heart can only pump blood for a maximum time of 10 seconds, and thus the pace starts to slow down after said time.
So, the answer to your question is yes: a cheetah definitely dies if it keeps on sprinting after 30 seconds.
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