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    Feral cats in Northern California have enabled researchers to unlock the biological secret behind a rare, striped cheetah found only in sub-Saharan Africa, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama. The study is the first to identify a molecular basis of coat patterning in mammals.

    King Cheetah - A color variation in cheetahs where the spots run together to become stripes.

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    i LOVE cheetahs!!

    With a little help from a sibling . . . a cheetah tries to climb a tree. It is rare for cheetahs to climb trees. They can jump onto low hanging branches and fallen trees, but adult cheetahs are not good climbers.

    Rare "king" cheetah markings. Indistinct spots and 3 streaks on its spine. So beautiful.

    Cheetah mother and cub

    Cheetah and cubs.

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    Northern Cheetah Cub (by katuryn)