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Cheetah[1]
Fossil range: Late Pliocene to Recent
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Acinonyx
Species: A. jubatus
Binomial name
Acinonyx jubatus
(Schreber, 1775)
Type species
Acinonyx venator
Brookes, 1828 (= Felis jubata, Schreber, 1775) by monotypy
Subspecies
See text.
The range of the cheetah
The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is an atypical member of the cat family (Felidae) that is unique in its speed, while lacking climbing abilities. The species is the only living member of the genus Acinonyx. It is the fastest land animal, reaching speeds between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph)[3][4] in short bursts covering distances up to 460 m (1,510 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 103 km/h (64 mph) in three seconds, faster than most supercars.[5] Recent studies confirm the cheetah's status as the fastest land animal.[6]
The word "cheetah" is derived from the Sanskrit word citrakāyaḥ, meaning "variegated body", via the Hindi चीता cītā.[7]

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Genetics and classification

.The genus name, Acinonyx, means "no-move-claw" in Greek, while the species name, jubatus, means "maned" in Latin, a reference to the mane found in cheetah cubs.^ This is easy to remember because "no filter" means the default filter, and because None happens to be the only object the default filter treats specially.

^ When I walked into Cheetah even the reception desk would always smile at me and refer to me by name.
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^ Autocalling means that if any identifier's value is found to be a function or method, Cheetah will call it without arguments if there is no () following.

Mother with cub.
The cheetah has unusually low genetic variability and a very low sperm count, which also suffers from low motility and deformed flagella.[8] .Skin grafts between non-related cheetahs illustrate this point in that there is no rejection of the donor skin.^ The points discussed in section C.2 also apply to the comparison between Cheetah and WebMacro.

^ The Cheetah in Andersonville didn't fail because there was no demand for a gym; it failed because of poor management/oversight by the owner.
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^ Here are some examples of syntax differences between DTML and Cheetah: #for $animal_name in $frogQuery $animal_name #end for There are too many monkeys!

It is thought that it went through a prolonged period of inbreeding following a genetic bottleneck during the last ice age. It probably evolved in Africa during the Miocene epoch (26 million to 7.5 million years ago), before migrating to Asia. .New research by a team led by Warren Johnson and Stephen O'Brien of the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity (National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland, United States) has recently placed the last common ancestor of all existing species as living in Asia 11 million years ago, which may lead to revision and refinement of existing ideas about cheetah evolution.^ Also, if you discover new and interesting ways to use Cheetah, please put a quick tutorial (HOWTO) about your technique on the CheetahRecipies page on the wiki.

^ I loved the Halsted Multiplex when i lived in that neighborhood and compared to the Cheetah, i paid about the same every month but the facilities were so much better.
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^ You don't necessarily have to convert all your existing servlets right away: just build common site templates that are visually and behaviorally compatible with your specification, and use them for new servlets.

.Now-extinct species include: Acinonyx pardinensis (Pliocene epoch), much larger than the modern cheetah and found in Europe, India, and China; Acinonyx intermedius (mid-Pleistocene period), found over the same range.^ It's older than Cheetah, has a larger user base, and has better examples and docs at the moment.

.The extinct genus Miracinonyx was extremely cheetah-like, but recent DNA analysis has shown that Miracinonyx inexpectatus, Miracinonyx studeri, and Miracinonyx trumani (early to late Pleistocene epoch), found in North America and called the "North American cheetah" are not true cheetahs, instead being close relatives to the cougar.^ Autocalling means that if any identifier's value is found to be a function or method, Cheetah will call it without arguments if there is no () following.

^ Instead, multi-line directives like #for have corresponding closing tags ( #end for ).

Subspecies

.Although many sources list six or more subspecies of cheetah, the taxonomic status of most of these subspecies is unresolved.^ For more sophisticated file-upload handling, leave that name out of the list and do your own handling, or wait for Cheetah.Utils.UploadFileMixin.

^ We used to have more examples in the cheetah source tarball, but they were out of date and confused people.

.Acinonyx rex—the king cheetah (see below)—was abandoned after it was discovered the variation was only a recessive gene.^ When Cheetah sees $ , it determines both the variable's position and whether it's a searchList value or a non-searchList value, and generates the appropriate Python code.

The subspecies Acinonyx jubatus guttatus, the woolly cheetah, may also have been a variation due to a recessive gene. Some of the most commonly recognized subspecies include:[9]

Description

The cheetah's chest is deep and its waist is narrow. The coarse, short fur of the cheetah is tan with round black spots measuring from 2 to 3 cm (0.79 to 1.2 in) across, affording it some camouflage while hunting. .There are no spots on its white underside, but the tail has spots, which merge to form four to six dark rings at the end.^ With reset , there's no end tag.

^ If there were no errors, do whatever the form's job is (e.g., update a database) and return a success message; this will be the value for $processFormData .

^ If the input variable corresponding to the submit field is empty, there is no form input, so we're showing the form for the first time.

The tail usually ends in a bushy white tuft. The cheetah has a small head with high-set eyes. Black "tear marks" run from the corner of its eyes down the sides of the nose to its mouth to keep sunlight out of its eyes and to aid in hunting and seeing long distances. Although it can reach high speeds, its body cannot stand long distance running. It is a sprinter.
The adult cheetah weighs from 36 to 65 kg (79 to 140 lb). Its total body length is from 115 to 135 cm (45 to 53 in), while the tail can measure up to 84 cm (33 in) in length. Cheetah are 67 to 94 cm (26 to 37 in) in high at the shoulder. .Males tend to be slightly larger than females and have slightly bigger heads, but there is not a great variation in cheetah sizes and it is difficult to tell males and females apart by appearance alone.^ It's older than Cheetah, has a larger user base, and has better examples and docs at the moment.

^ Python local variables, which have a faster lookup time than Python globals or values from Cheetah's searchList.

^ (Note: Cheetah's one-line #if will not work for this, since it produces output rather than setting a variable.

Compared to a similarly-sized leopard, the cheetah is generally shorter-bodied, but is longer tailed and taller (it averages about 90 cm (35 in) tall) and so it appears more streamlined.
Some cheetahs also have a rare fur pattern mutation: cheetahs with larger, blotchy, merged spots are known as "king cheetahs". It was once thought to be a separate subspecies, but it is merely a mutation of the African cheetah. The "king cheetah" has only been seen in the wild a handful of times, but it has been bred in captivity.
A cheetah.
.The cheetah's paws have semi-retractable claws[8] (known only in three other cat species: the Fishing Cat, the Flat-headed Cat and the Iriomote Cat) offering extra grip in its high-speed pursuits.^ Some of them exist for you to call, others are mainly used by Cheetah internally but you can call them if you wish, and others are only for internal use by Cheetah or Webware.

.The ligament structure of the cheetah's claws is the same as those of other cats; it simply lacks the sheath of skin and fur present in other varieties, and therefore the claws are always visible, with the exception of the dewclaw.^ Python objects, functions, and other data structures should be fully accessible in Cheetah.

^ The first is with the Cheetah directives that mirror Python's structured exception handling statements.

The dewclaw itself is much shorter and straighter than that of other cats.
.Adaptations that enable the cheetah to run as fast as it does include large nostrils that allow for increased oxygen intake, and an enlarged heart and lungs that work together to circulate oxygen efficiently.^ Does anyone know how large the Edgewater Cheetah is in terms of square feet?
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^ The gym will re-open, and bank, managment as well as staff will work together to get the gym up and running soon.
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^ Cheetah's design does not allow functions to have flow control effect outside the function (e.g., #if and #for , which operate on template body lines), so directives like these cannot be encoded as functions.

During a typical chase its respiratory rate increases from 60 to 150 breaths per minute.[8] .While running, in addition to having good traction due to its semi-retractable claws, the cheetah uses its tail as a rudder-like means of steering[citation needed] to allow it to make sharp turns, necessary to outflank prey animals that often make such turns to escape.^ Cheetah uses a Python-like syntax inside directive tags and understands any valid Python expression.

^ This will make it easier to use Cheetah to produce indented source code programmatically (e.g., Java or Python source code).

^ Usually this means the Cheetah method calling the Python method to calculate the needed values, then the Cheetah method produces the output.

Unlike "true" big cats, the cheetah can purr as it inhales, but cannot roar. By contrast, the big cats can roar but cannot purr, except while exhaling. However, the cheetah is still considered by some to be the smallest of the big cats. .While it is often mistaken for the leopard, the cheetah does have distinguishing features, such as the aforementioned long "tear-streak" lines that run from the corners of its eyes to its mouth.^ The standard Cheetah test suite ('cheetah test') does not test Webware features.

^ Cheetah's design does not allow functions to have flow control effect outside the function (e.g., #if and #for , which operate on template body lines), so directives like these cannot be encoded as functions.

^ However, unlike Python, Cheetah does not use colons (:) and indentation to mark off multi-line directives.

The body frame of the cheetah is also very different from that of the leopard, most notably so in its thinner and longer tail and, unlike the leopard's, its spots are not arranged into rosettes.
The cheetah is a vulnerable species. Out of all the big cats, it is the least able to adapt to new environments. It has always proved difficult to breed in captivity, although recently a few zoos have managed to succeed at this. Once widely hunted for its fur, the cheetah now suffers more from the loss of both habitat and prey.
The cheetah was formerly considered to be particularly primitive among the cats and to have evolved approximately 18 million years ago. .New research, however, suggests that the last common ancestor of all 40 existing species of felines lived more recently than that—about 11 million years ago.^ You don't necessarily have to convert all your existing servlets right away: just build common site templates that are visually and behaviorally compatible with your specification, and use them for new servlets.

^ I'm not sure what your bank policy is, but I just wanted to warn everyone so that you don't lose more money than we all already have.
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^ Best of all, they heard the news, and put together a special membership for Cheetah members.
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.The same research indicates that the cheetah, while highly derived morphologically, is not of particularly ancient lineage, having separated from its closest living relatives (Puma concolor, the cougar, and Puma yaguarondi, the jaguarundi) around five million years ago.^ You can either use the #extends directive in Cheetah to indicate the superclass(es), or write a Python class statement to do the same thing.

[10][11] These felids have not changed appreciably since they first appeared in the fossil record.

Morphs and variations

King cheetah

A king cheetah showing its unique coat pattern.
The king cheetah is a rare mutation of cheetah characterized by a distinct pelt pattern. It was first noted in Zimbabwe in 1926. In 1927, the naturalist Reginald Innes Pocock declared it a separate species, but reversed this decision in 1939 due to lack of evidence, but in 1928, a skin purchased by Walter Rothschild was found to be intermediate in pattern between the king cheetah and spotted cheetah and Abel Chapman considered it to be a color form of the spotted cheetah. .Twenty-two such skins were found between 1926 and 1974. Since 1927, the king cheetah was reported five more times in the wild.^ Everyone who has been to Cheetah for a long time, it will be a matter of adjustment but since we don't have a lot of options, that place is worth checking out.
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.Although strangely marked skins had come from Africa, a live king cheetah was not photographed until 1974 in South Africa's Kruger National Park.^ I'm moving in a few weeks anyway but I am disappointed that I can't work out at Cheetah in Wicker Park until then.
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Cryptozoologists Paul and Lena Bottriell photographed one during an expedition in 1975. They also managed to obtain stuffed specimens. .It appeared larger than a spotted cheetah and its fur had a different texture.^ Note that Cheetah uses the term ``output filter'' differently than Smarty: Cheetah output filters ( #filter ) operate on placeholders, while Smarty output filters operate on the entire template output.

^ It's older than Cheetah, has a larger user base, and has better examples and docs at the moment.

There was another wild sighting in 1986—the first in seven years. By 1987, thirty-eight specimens had been recorded, many from pelts.
Its species status was resolved in 1981 when king cheetahs were born at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre in South Africa. .In May 1981, two spotted sisters gave birth there and each litter contained one king cheetah.^ There can be only one #extends directive in a template and it may list only one class.

^ Cheetah provides several ways to compile and fill templates, either as one step or two.

^ There are two broad strategies: the Inheritance approach and the Containment approach .

The sisters had both mated with a wild-caught male from the Transvaal area (where king cheetahs had been recorded). Further king cheetahs were later born at the Centre. It has been known to exist in Zimbabwe, Botswana and in the northern part of South Africa's Transvaal province. .A recessive gene must be inherited from both parents in order for this pattern to appear- which is one reason why it is so rare.^ The keys in self._stylesheets must be listed in the order that they should appear in the list self._stylesheetsOrder , to ensure that the style rules are defined in the correct order.

Other color variations

Other rare color morphs of the species include speckles, melanism, albinism and gray coloration. Most have been reported in Indian cheetahs, particularly in captive specimens kept for hunting.
The Mughal Emperor of India, Jahangir, recorded having a white cheetah presented to him in 1608. In the memoirs of Tuzk-e-Jahangiri, the Emperor says that in the third year of his reign: Raja Bir Singh Deo brought a white cheetah to show me. Although other sorts of creatures, both birds and beasts have white varieties .... I had never seen a white cheetah. Its spots, which are (usually) black, were of a blue colour, and the whiteness of the body also inclined to blue-ishness. This suggests a chinchilla mutation which restricts the amount of pigment on the hair shaft. Although the spots were formed of black pigment, the less dense pigmentation gives a hazy, grayish effect. .As well as Jahangir's white cheetah at Agra, a report of "incipient albinism" has come from Beaufort West according to Guggisberg.^ I believe Cheetah charged for services to come, so if that's the case, I'm absolutely going to dispute the August charge as well as any future charges.
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In a letter to "Nature in East Africa", H. F. Stoneham reported a melanistic cheetah (black with ghost markings) in the Trans-Nzoia District of Kenya in 1925. Vesey Fitzgerald saw a melanistic cheetah in Zambia in the company of a spotted cheetah. Red (erythristic) cheetahs have dark tawny spots on a golden background. Cream (isabelline) cheetahs have pale red spots on a pale background. .Some desert region cheetahs are unusually pale; probably they are better-camouflaged and therefore better hunters and more likely to breed and pass on their paler coloration.^ Poor thing probably has to come up with stuff like that to make himself feel better.
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^ "More than anything I feel like I am a student-probably will be one forever.
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^ For Webware servlets, you're probably better off using Webware's servlet caching rather than Cheetah's caching.

Blue (Maltese or grey) cheetahs have variously been described as white cheetahs with grey-blue spots (chinchilla) or pale grey cheetahs with darker grey spots (Maltese mutation). .A cheetah with hardly any spots was shot in Tanzania on 1921 (Pocock), it had only a few spots on the neck and back and these were unusually small.^ Cheetah's design was guided by these principles: Python for the back end, Cheetah for the front end.

^ There is one small C module ( _namemapper.so ) for speed, but Cheetah automatically falls back to a Python equivalent ( NameMapper.py ) if the C module is not available.

Range and habitat

.There are several geographically isolated populations of cheetah, all of which are found in Africa or Southwestern Asia.^ My friend just walked by Cheetah and there are reps from all the gyms handing out fliers in front of the building RIGHT NOW! .
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^ Autocalling means that if any identifier's value is found to be a function or method, Cheetah will call it without arguments if there is no () following.

^ Where are all the Cheetah regulars I see all the time there going to go now?
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A small population (estimated at about fifty) survive in the Khorasan Province of Iran, where conservationists are taking steps to protect them.[12] It is possible, though doubtful, that some cheetahs remain in India. .There have also been several unconfirmed reports of Asiatic Cheetahs in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, with at least one dead animal being discovered recently.^ Then it appears that there were at least FOUR poor animals neglected by Wilshire over the past few years;possibly more.
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[13]
The cheetah thrives in areas with vast expanses of land where prey is abundant. .The cheetah likes to live in an open biotope, such as semi-desert, prairie, and thick brush, though it can be found in a variety of habitats.^ Like Python, Cheetah and Webware are Open Source software and are supported by active user communities.

In Namibia, for example, it lives in grasslands, savannahs, areas of dense vegetation, and mountainous terrain.
.In much of its former range, the cheetah was tamed by aristocrats and used to hunt antelopes in much the same way as is still done with members of the greyhound group of dogs.^ Also, if you discover new and interesting ways to use Cheetah, please put a quick tutorial (HOWTO) about your technique on the CheetahRecipies page on the wiki.

^ You'll just have to choose, perhaps coding groups of methods all the same way.

^ I loved the Halsted Multiplex when i lived in that neighborhood and compared to the Cheetah, i paid about the same every month but the facilities were so much better.
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Reproduction and behavior

Cheetah cub.
.Females reach maturity in twenty to twenty-four months, and males around twelve months (although they do not usually mate until at least three years old), and mating occurs throughout the year.^ Even if they rent the place out tomorrow, just the remodeling of the spaces will take at least 6-8 months .
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^ I remember in one instance where, after going month-to-month for the duration of the year, they wanted to charge me $20 more - something like $119 or something?
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^ Then it appears that there were at least FOUR poor animals neglected by Wilshire over the past few years;possibly more.
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.A study of cheetahs in the Serengeti showed that females are sexually promiscuous and often have cubs by many different males.^ Here are some examples of syntax differences between DTML and Cheetah: #for $animal_name in $frogQuery $animal_name #end for There are too many monkeys!

[14]
Females give birth to up to nine cubs after a gestation period of ninety to ninety-eight days, although the average litter size is three to five. Cubs weigh from 150 to 300 g (5.3 to 11 oz) at birth. .Unlike some other cats, the cheetah is born with its characteristic spots.^ Some of the objects are classes for specific purposes (e.g., filters or error catchers), while others are standalone and can be used without Cheetah.

^ A Cheetah method would be more advantageous in some ways, but a Python method in others.

^ Some are Cheetah-specific but others are generic and can be used standalone.

Cubs are also born with a downy underlying fur on their necks, called a mantle, extending to mid-back. This gives them a mane or Mohawk-type appearance; this fur is shed as the cheetah grows older. It has been speculated that this mane gives a cheetah cub the appearance of the Honey Badger (Ratel), to scare away potential aggressors.[15] Cubs leave their mother between thirteen and twenty months after birth. Life span is up to twelve years in the wild, but up to twenty years in captivity.
.Unlike males, females are solitary and tend to avoid each other, though some mother/daughter pairs have been known to be formed for small periods of time.^ The idea of some other company buying the gym and reopening seems just too good to happen, even though that's what I want.
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^ It's also possible to cache for a certain time period using the form $* *variable , where is the interval.

The cheetah has a unique, well-structured social order. Females live alone except when they are raising cubs and they raise their cubs on their own. .The first eighteen months of a cub's life are important; cubs learn many lessons because survival depends on knowing how to hunt wild prey species and avoid other predators.^ I no someone else who sold him an exotic cat and ended up taking it back because he didn't know how to take care of it.
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^ Daley voting shallow tv watching citizen who for the first time in their self important life experinced "injustice" .
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^ Have you learned any thing bigger interms of empathy to others because of this?
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At eighteen months, the mother leaves the cubs, who then form a sibling, or "sib" group, that will stay together for another six months. At about two years, the female siblings leave the group, and the young males remain together for life.

Territories

Males

.Males are very sociable and will group together for life, usually with their brothers in the same litter; although if a cub is the only male in the litter then two or three lone males may group up, or a lone male may join an existing group.^ As usual it may be omitted if there's nothing after the directive on the same line.

These groups are called coalitions. In one Serengeti study by Caro and Collins (1987), 41% of the adult males were solitary, 40% lived in pairs and 19% lived in trios.[16]
.A coalition is six times more likely to obtain an animal territory than a lone male, although studies have shown that coalitions keep their territories just as long as lone males—between four and four and a half years.^ "More than anything I feel like I am a student-probably will be one forever.
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^ We are hoping to have power by the end of the week and more exciting things just keep happening everyday.

^ There’s like a ohm, War, going on for the last, ohm six plus years!
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Males are very territorial. Females' home ranges can be very large and trying to build a territory around several females' ranges is impossible to defend. Instead, males choose the points at which several of the females' home ranges overlap, creating a much smaller space, which can be properly defended against intruders while maximizing the chance of reproduction. Coalitions will try their best to maintain territories in order to find females with whom they will mate. The size of the territory also depends on the available resources; depending on the part of Africa, the size of a male's territory can vary greatly from 37 to 160 km2 (14 to 62 sq mi).
Males mark their territory by urinating on objects that stand out, such as trees, logs, or termite mounds. The whole coalition contributes to the scent. Males will attempt to kill any intruders and fights result in serious injury or death.

Females

Female cheetah and cubs in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Unlike males and other felines, females do not establish territories. Instead, the area they live in is termed a home range. These overlap with other females' home ranges, often those of their daughters, mothers, or sisters. .Females always hunt alone, although cubs will accompany their mothers to learn to hunt once they reach the age of five to six weeks.^ The plan is to open Edgewater early next week, once they get the two larger gyms situated.
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The size of a home range depends entirely on the availability of prey. Cheetahs in southern African woodlands have ranges as small as 34 km2 (13 sq mi), while in some parts of Namibia they can reach 1,500 km2 (580 sq mi).

Vocalizations

The cheetah cannot roar, but does have the following vocalizations:
.
  • Chirping - When cheetahs attempt to find each other, or a mother tries to locate her cubs, it uses a high-pitched barking called chirping.^ Some of the objects are classes for specific purposes (e.g., filters or error catchers), while others are standalone and can be used without Cheetah.

    ^ Cheetah will try to convert the `` src '' argument to a WebKit serverSidePath relative to the servlet's location.

    ^ Cheetah comes ``batteries included'' with libraries of templates, functions, classes and other objects you can use in your own programs.

    The chirps made by a cheetah cub sound more like a bird chirping, and so are termed chirping.
  • Churring or stuttering - This vocalization is emitted by a cheetah during social meetings. .A churr can be seen as a social invitation to other cheetahs, an expression of interest, uncertainty, or appeasement or during meetings with the opposite sex (although each sex churrs for different reasons).
  • Growling - This vocalization is often accompanied by hissing and spitting and is exhibited by the cheetah during annoyance, or when faced with danger.
  • Yowling - This is an escalated version of growling, usually displayed when danger worsens.
  • Purring - This is made when the cheetah is content, usually during pleasant social meetings (mostly between cubs and their mothers).^ Cheetah promises to keep content (the placeholder values), graphic design (the template definition and is display logic), and algorithmic logic (complex calculations and side effects) separate.

    ^ There are two other differences between ``cheetah compile'' and ``cheetah fill''.

    A characteristic of purring is that it is realised on both egressive and ingressive airstream. A purring cheetah can be heard on Robert Eklund's Ingressive Speech website [1] or on Robert Eklund's Wildlife page [2].

Diet and hunting

A cheetah with impala kill.
The cheetah is a carnivore, eating mostly mammals under 40 kg (88 lb), including the Thomson's Gazelle, the Grant's gazelle, the springbok and the impala. The young of larger mammals such as wildebeests and zebras are taken at times, and adults too, when the cats hunt in groups. Guineafowl and hares are also prey. .While the other big cats mainly hunt by night, the cheetah is a diurnal hunter.^ Some of them exist for you to call, others are mainly used by Cheetah internally but you can call them if you wish, and others are only for internal use by Cheetah or Webware.

.It hunts usually either early in the morning or later in the evening when it is not so hot, but there is still enough light.^ There are still several things that I need to take care of before I can even think about hiring people, like painting, lighting, permits, health dept, etc...

.The cheetah hunts by vision rather than by scent.^ (Note: Cheetah's one-line #if will not work for this, since it produces output rather than setting a variable.

^ Rather than require you to manually populate the 'namespace' like Velocity, Cheetah will accept any existing Python object or dictionary AS the 'namespace'.

^ For Webware servlets, you're probably better off using Webware's servlet caching rather than Cheetah's caching.

Prey is stalked to within 10–30 m (33–98 ft), then chased. .This is usually over in less than a minute, and if the cheetah fails to make a catch quickly, it will give up.^ I joined today on the way home from work, it is in a better location and less expensive than Cheetah.
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^ Be patient and the loyal cheetah trainers will make sure to get your money back and has ways to give you quality training in the near weeks.
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The cheetah has an average hunting success rate of around 50% - half of its chases result in capture.[8]
Running at speeds between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) puts a great deal of strain on the cheetah's body. When sprinting, the cheetah's body temperature becomes so high that it would be deadly to continue; this is why the cheetah is often seen resting after it has caught its prey. If it is a hard chase, it sometimes needs to rest for half an hour or more. The cheetah kills its prey by tripping it during the chase, then biting it on the underside of the throat to suffocate it, for the cheetah is not strong enough to break the necks of the four-legged prey it mainly hunts. The bite may also puncture a vital artery in the neck. Then the cheetah proceeds to devour its catch as quickly as possible before the kill is taken by stronger predators.
The diet of a cheetah is dependent upon the area in which it lives. For example, on the East African plains, its preferred prey is the Thomson's Gazelle. .This small antelope is shorter than the cheetah (about 53–67 cm (21–26 in) tall and 70–107 cm (28–42 in) long), and also cannot run faster than the cheetah (only up to 80 km/h (50 mph)), which combine to make it an appropriate prey.^ Cheetah's learning curve is shorter than DTML's.

^ In the meantime, you can make a simple template containing something like "This is a very small template.", compile it, put the *.py template module in a servlet directory, and see if Webware serves it up OK. You must not have a Webware context called "Cheetah".

^ Type the following at the command prompt: cheetah test The tests will run for about three minutes and print a success/failure message.

.Cheetahs look for individuals which have strayed some distance from their group, and do not necessarily seek out old or weak ones.^ Cheetah has many potential uses, but web developers looking for a viable alternative to ASP, JSP, PHP and PSP are expected to be its principle user group.

^ If he takes one look at this blog, he will realize that he is not very popular here and he will load up a duffle bag and catch the next train out.
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^ Cheetah is one of several templating frameworks that grew out of a `templates' thread on the Webware For Python email list.

A cheetah in pursuit of Thomson's Gazelle. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.

Interspecific predatory relationships

Despite their speed and hunting prowess, cheetahs are largely outranked by other large predators in most of their range. .Because they have evolved for short bursts of extreme speed at the expense of both power and the ability to climb trees, they cannot defend themselves against most of Africa's other predator species.^ We mention only the solution for old-style classes because Cheetah classes are old-style (in other Python documentation, you will find the technique for new-style classes, but they are not listed here because they cannot be used with Cheetah if you use dynamically-compiled templates).

.They usually avoid fighting and will surrender a kill immediately to even a single hyena, rather than risk injury.^ It's a "single" value because we specified it in 'names' rather than 'namesMulti'.

Because cheetahs rely on their speed to obtain their meals, any injury that slows them down could essentially be life threatening.
A cheetah has a 50% chance of losing its kill to other predators.[8] Cheetahs avoid competition by hunting at different times of the day and by eating immediately after the kill. Due to the reduction in habitat in Africa, Cheetahs in recent years have faced greater pressure from other native African predators as available range declines.[citation needed]
The cheetah's mortality is very high during the early weeks of its life; up to 90% of cheetah cubs are killed during this time by lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, or even by eagles. Cheetah cubs often hide in thick brush for safety. Mother cheetahs will defend their young and are at times successful in driving predators away from their cubs. Coalitions of male cheetahs can also chase away other predators, depending on the coalition size and the size and number of the predator. Because of its speed, a healthy adult cheetah has few predators.[17]

Relationship with humans

Economic importance

A Mongol warrior with a cheetah.
Cheetah fur was formerly regarded as a status symbol. Today, cheetahs have a growing economic importance for ecotourism and they are also found in zoos. .Cheetahs are far less aggressive than other felids and can be tamed, so cubs are sometimes illegally sold as pets.^ I joined today on the way home from work, it is in a better location and less expensive than Cheetah.
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^ It's not nearly as fancy as Cheetah, but it's dirt cheap and not very busy if you go sometime other than 5 p.m.
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.Cheetahs were formerly, and sometimes still are, hunted because many farmers believe that they eat livestock.^ Because Cheetah's core is flexible, there are many ways to integrate it with Webware servlets.

When the species came under threat, numerous campaigns were launched to try to educate farmers and encourage them to conserve cheetahs. Recent evidence has shown that cheetahs will not attack and eat livestock if they can avoid doing so, as they prefer their wild prey. .However, they have no problem with including farmland as part of their territory, leading to conflict.^ No, if somebody leads an honest lifestyle and treats people well, they are usually not the subject of such intense discussion.
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Ancient Egyptians often kept cheetahs as pets, and also tamed and trained them for hunting. Cheetahs would be taken to hunting fields in low-sided carts or by horseback, hooded and blindfolded, and kept on leashes while dogs flushed out their prey. When the prey was near enough, the cheetahs would be released and their blindfolds removed. This tradition was passed on to the ancient Persians and brought to India, where the practice was continued by Indian princes into the twentieth century. .Cheetahs continued to be associated with royalty and elegance, their use as pets spreading just as their hunting skills were.^ Cheetah can be used with all types of HTML output, not just with Webware.

Other such princes and kings kept them as pets, including Genghis Khan and Charlemagne, who boasted of having kept cheetahs within their palace grounds. Akbar the Great, ruler of the Mughal Empire from 1556 to 1605, kept as many as 1000 cheetahs.[8] As recently as the 1930s the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, was often photographed leading a cheetah by a leash.

Conservation status

Cheetah cubs have a high mortality rate due to genetic factors and predation by carnivores in competition with the cheetah, such as the lion and hyena. Recent inbreeding causes cheetahs to share very similar genetic profiles. This has led to poor sperm, birth defects, cramped teeth, curled tails, and bent limbs. Some biologists now believe that they are too inbred to flourish as a species.[18]
Cheetahs are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species (African subspecies threatened, Asiatic subspecies in critical situation) as well as on the US Endangered Species Act: threatened species - Appendix I of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Approximately 12,400 cheetahs remain in the wild in twenty-five African countries; Namibia has the most, with about 2,500. Another fifty to sixty critically endangered Asiatic Cheetahs are thought to remain in Iran. .There have been successful breeding programs, including the use of in vitro fertilisation, in zoos around the world.^ These company(s) have exclusive rights to the company(s) computer systems, programs and their usage including all email systems that are used by the company(s).
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^ Cheetah comes ``batteries included'' with libraries of templates, functions, classes and other objects you can use in your own programs.

.Founded in Namibia in 1990, the Cheetah Conservation Fund's mission is to be an internationally recognized centre of excellence in research and education on cheetahs and their eco-systems, working with all stakeholders to achieve best practice in the conservation and management of the world's cheetahs.^ After installing Cheetah, you can run its self-test routine to verify it's working properly on your system.

^ Since Cheetah is extremely flexible, you can achieve the same result this way: > > > t2 = Template(templateDef) > > > t2.title = 'Hello World Example!'

The CCF has also set stations throughout South Africa in order to keep the conservation effort going. The Cheetah Conservation Foundation, a South African based organisation, was set up in 1993 for cheetah protection.

Re-wilding project in India

.Cheetahs have been known to exist in India for a very long time.^ Everyone who has been to Cheetah for a long time, it will be a matter of adjustment but since we don't have a lot of options, that place is worth checking out.
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^ If all this were true about David, and apparently very widely known, why weren't we boycotting Cheetah Gym all along?
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.But due to hunting and other purposes, Cheetahs in India became extinct before the twentieth century.^ Some of the objects are classes for specific purposes (e.g., filters or error catchers), while others are standalone and can be used without Cheetah.

.Hence, the Indian government is planning a re-wilding project for Cheetahs.^ The TODO and BUGS files in the Cheetah distribution show what we're working on now or planning to work on.

The article in TOI, Page 11, Thursday, July 9, 2009 clearly suggests the import of Cheetahs in India where they will be bred in captivity. Cheetahs have been extinct in India since the 1940s, and hence the government is planning upon this project. Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh told the Rajya Sabha on 7 July 2009 that, "The cheetah is the only animal that has been described extinct in India in the last 100 years. We have to get them from abroad to repopulate the species." He was responding to a calling attention notice from Rajiv Pratap Rudy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 'The plan to bring back the Cheetah which fell to indiscriminate hunting and complex factors like a fragile breeding pattern is audacious given the problems besetting tiger conservation.' Two naturalists Divya Bhanusinh and MK Ranjit Singh suggested the idea of importing cheetahs from Africa. After their import they will be bred in captivity and after a definite period of time, released in the wild.

In popular culture

Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian, 1523.
The Caress by Fernand Khnopff, 1887.
  • In Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne (1523), the god's chariot is borne by cheetahs (which were used as hunting animals in Renaissance Italy). .Cheetahs were often associated with the god Dionysus, whom the Romans called Bacchus.
  • George Stubbs' Cheetah with Two Indian Attendants and a Stag (1764–1765) also shows the cheetah as a hunting animal and commemorates the gift of a cheetah to George III by the English Governor of Madras, Sir George Pigot
  • The Caress (1896), by the Belgian symbolist painter Fernand Khnopff (1858–1921), is a representation of the myth of Oedipus and the Sphinx and portrays a creature with a woman's head and a cheetah's body (often misidentified as a leopard's).
  • André Mercier's Our Friend Yambo (1961) is a curious biography of a cheetah adopted by a French couple and brought to live in Paris.^ Or maybe you can split your method into two, one Cheetah and one Python, and have one method call the other.

    .It is seen as a French answer to Born Free (1960), whose author, Joy Adamson, produced a cheetah biography of her own, The Spotted Sphinx (1969).
  • The animated series ThunderCats had a main character who was an anthropomorphic cheetah named Cheetara.
  • In 1986 Frito-Lay introduced an anthropomorphic cheetah, Chester Cheetah, as the mascot for their Cheetos.
  • Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle has a subplot involving an escaped cheetah, which later smokes marijuana with the pair and allows them to ride it.
  • The 2005 movie Duma is about a young South African attempting to return his pet cheetah, Duma, to the wild, with many adventures along the way.^ For more sophisticated file-upload handling, leave that name out of the list and do your own handling, or wait for Cheetah.Utils.UploadFileMixin.

    ^ Also, if you discover new and interesting ways to use Cheetah, please put a quick tutorial (HOWTO) about your technique on the CheetahRecipies page on the wiki.

    ^ There are many ways to display and process HTML forms with Cheetah.

    It was based on the book "How It Was with Dooms: A True Story from Africa" by Carol Cawthra Hopcraft and Xan Hopcraft.
  • Hussein, An Entertainment, a novel by Patrick O'Brian set in India of the British Raj period, illustrates the practice of royalty keeping and training cheetahs to hunt antelopes.

References

Notes

  1. ^ Wozencraft, W. C. (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–533. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3. 
  2. ^ Bauer, H., Belbachir, F., Durant, S., Hunter, L., Marker, L., Packer, K. & Purchase, N. (2008). Acinonyx jubatus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 9 October 2008.
  3. ^ Sharp, N. C. (1994). "Timed running speed of a cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)". Journal of Zoology, London 241: 493–494. 
  4. ^ Milton Hildebrand (1959). "Motions of Cheetah and Horse". Journal of Mammalogy. http://www.jstor.org/view/00222372/ap050163/05a00030/12?frame=noframe&userID=83e69956@siu.edu/01cce4405a00501cdc4b9&dpi=3&config=jstor. Retrieved 2007-10-30.  Although according to Cheetah, Luke Hunter and Dave Hamman, (Struik Publishers, 2003), pp. 37–38, the cheetah's fastest recorded speed was 110 km/h (68 mph).
  5. ^ Kruszelnicki, Karl S. (1999). "Fake Flies and Cheating Cheetahs". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/moments/gmis9911.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  6. ^ Garland, T., Jr. (1983). "The relation between maximal running speed and body mass in terrestrial mammals". Journal of Zoology, London 199: 155–170. http://www.biology.ucr.edu/people/faculty/Garland/Garl1983_JZL.pdf. 
  7. ^ cheetah (n.d.). The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cheetah. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f O'Brien, S., D. Wildt, M. Bush (1986). "The Cheetah in Genetic Peril". Scientific American 254: 68–76. 
  9. ^ Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds), ed (2005). Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3. 
  10. ^ Mattern, M. Y., D. A. McLennan (2000). "Phylogeny and Speciation of Felids". Cladistics 16: 232–253. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2000.tb00354.x. 
  11. ^ Johnson, W. E., E. Eizirik, J. Pecon-Slattery, W. J. Murphy, A. Antunes, E. Teeling, S. J. O'Brien (2006). "The Late Miocene Radiation of Modern Felidae: A Genetic Assessment". Science 311: 73–77. doi:10.1126/science.1122277. PMID 16400146. 
  12. ^ "Asiatic Cheetah". Wild About Cats. http://www.wildaboutcats.org/asiatic.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  13. ^ "Asiatic Cheetah". WWF-Pakistan. http://www.wwfpak.org/sc_asiaticcheetah.php. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  14. ^ "Scandal on the Serengeti: New light has been shed on the extent of female cheetahs' unfaithfulness to their male partners.". inthenews.co.uk. May 30, 2007. http://www.inthenews.co.uk/infocus/features/in-focus/scandal-on-serengeti-$1090967.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  15. ^ Eaton, Randall L. (1976) A Possible Case of Mimicry in Larger Mammals. Evolution 30(4):853-856 doi 10.2307/2407827
  16. ^ Richard Estes, foreword by Edward Osborne Wilson (1991) The Behavior Guide to African Mammals. University of California Press. Page 371.
  17. ^ M. W. Hayward, M. Hofmeyr, J. O'Brien & G. I. H. Kerley (2006). "Prey preferences of the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) (Felidae: Carnivora): morphological limitations or the need to capture rapidly consumable prey before kleptoparasites arrive?". Journal of Zoology. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118624020/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  18. ^ Gugliotta, Guy (2008-02). "Rare Breed". Smithsonian Magazine. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-breed.html. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 

Bibliography

  • Great Cats, Majestic Creatures of the Wild, ed. John Seidensticker, illus. Frank Knight, (Rodale Press, 1991), ISBN 0-87857-965-6
  • Cheetah, Katherine (or Kathrine) & Karl Ammann, Arco Pub, (1985), ISBN 0-668-06259-2.
  • Cheetah (Big Cat Diary), Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott, (HarperCollins, 2005), ISBN 0-00-714920-4
  • Science (vol 311, p 73)
  • Cheetah, Luke Hunter and Dave Hamman, (Struik Publishers, 2003), ISBN 1-86872-719-X
  • Allsen, Thomas T. (2006). "Natural History and Cultural History: The Circulation of Hunting Leopards in Eurasia, Seventh-Seventeenth Centuries." In: Contact and Exchange in the Ancient World. Ed. Victor H. Mair. University of Hawai'i Press. Pp. 116–135. ISBN ISBN 978-0-8248-2884-4; ISBN ISBN 0-8248-2884-4

Further reading

  • Caro, T. M. (1994). Cheetahs of the Serengeti Plains : group living in an asocial species. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226094332 (cloth, alk. paper), 478 pp.. 

External links

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Simple English

Cheetah
Fossil range: Late Pliocene to Recent
File:Acinonyx jubatus walking
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Acinonyx
Brookes, 1828
Species: A. jubatus
Binomial name
Acinonyx jubatus
(Schreber, 1775)
Type species
Acinonyx venator
Brookes, 1828 (= Felis jubata, Schreber, 1775) by monotypy
File:Cheetah range.gif
The range of the cheetah

A cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large feline that lives in Africa. It is the fastest land animal and can run at up to 110 kilometres per hour for a short time.

Contents

Appearances

The name "cheetah" may come from a Hindi word meaning "spotted one" or from the Sanskrit word "chitraka". An adult has yellow or tan fur with solid black round or oval spots measuring .75 to 1.5 inches (1.9 to 3.8 centimeters) in diameter. The spots cover nearly the whole body. Only the white throat and abdomen are not spotted. The tail ends with 4-6 black rings and a bushy, white tuft. The head is small with eyes set high and a black "tear mark" running from the inner aspect of each eye down to the mouth. The teeth are small. An adult cheetah weighs 80-140 pounds (36-64 kilograms), is about 32 inches (81 centimeters) tall at the shoulder and 48-56 inches (121-142 centimeters) long with another 28-32 inches (70-81 centimeters) in tail. Cheetahs are sometimes mistaken for leopards. However, the difference is that leopards are much heavier animals with rosette shaped spots and no tear marks.[2]

There are also cheetahs with a different fur, called a King Cheetah. These cheetahs have bigger spots and also stripes on their fur, because of a mutation.

Habitats

Most cheetahs live in Africa, but very few can be found in South Asia and India. They live in the savannas.

Life

Cheetahs are active during the day, and hunt in the early morning or late evening. They hunt and eat mostly gazelles and other animals that are not very heavy or strong. They also eat small mammals and birds if they are very hungry.

When the cheetah hunts, it slowly and secretly moves toward its prey. When it is close to the prey (about 10-30 meters), it runs after it very quickly. When the prey falls or is caught by the cheetah, then he bites the throat of the prey, so that it dies because it cannot breathe. The cheetah cannot defend itself against lions or hyenas who would take the cheetah's prey away.

After a pregnancy of about 94 days the female gives birth to usually 1 - 3 babies. Young cheetahs become mature at about 2 years of age. Cheetahs can live to be 20 years old in captivity[3].

Genetics

The cheetah has unusually low genetic variability and a very low sperm count. Their sperms also suffer from deformed flagellae, and so their movement is damaged.[4] Apparently, cheetahs went through a great reduction in numbers during the last ice age. Inbreeding after the event further reduced the variation (Evolution#Genetic drift).

References

  1. Cat Specialist Group (2002). Acinonyx jubatus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 2006-05-11. Database entry includes justification for why this species is vulnerable.
  2. "Cheetah Appearance". cheetahspot.com. http://www.cheetahspot.com/appearance.php. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  3. The Cheetah Species Survival Plan
  4. O'Brien S. Wildt D. & Bush M. 1986. The Cheetah in Genetic Peril. Scientific American 254: 68–76. Skin grafts between non-related cheetahs illustrate this point: there is no rejection of the donor skin.
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The face of a Cheetah.
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