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    I love big cats. "Racing Stripes" The King Cheetah has a recessive fur pattern mutation. First discovered in Zimbabwe in 1926, this very rare animal has been seen in the wild only 6 times. About 10K years ago, the population of cheetahs plummeted, perhaps to a single pregnant female worldwide. Modern cheetahs are so genetically similar as to be virtual clones, making this novel coat pattern all the more interesting. Photo by: Steve Jurvetson

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

The King Cheetah has a recessive fur pattern mutation. First discovered in Zimbabwe in 1926, this very rare animal has been seen in the wild only 6 times.

I am pretty sure we are all well aware of cheetahs, a type of wild cat. However, did you know that there is a particular type of cheetah, called the "King Cheetah?" It's extremely rare and unique. It is different than other cheetahs do to it's fur pattern. This is a picture of a "King Cheetah!"

Africa | 'Racing Stripes' The King Cheetah has a recessive fur pattern mutation. First discovered in Zimbabwe in 1926, this very rare animal has been seen in the wild only 6 times. | © Steve Jurveston, April 2005. No details provided as to where | More info can be found about the King Cheetah users.aristotle.n...

Testing the meat at the wildlife version of the grocery store....mmmn this sample tastes good lol

magicalnaturetour: Climbing Cheetah cub (by Olivier DELAERE) :)

have to say that this is the highlight of my day so far, ohhh I could just eat him

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♥ baby cheetahs...watched a program on Nat'l Geo Wild about Lions vs. Cheetahs. Was disturbing to me but they are all wild animals and this is what they do. Made me sad in some ways ♥

King Cheetah - The difference between a normal spotted cheetah (left) and a rare king cheetah (right) is a mutation in a single gene.