What Is the Fastest Animal On Earth?

The top speed man has run is about 25 miles per hour; the fastest dog, the greyhound, reaches a speed of 40 miles per hour; racehorses have been timed at 50 miles per hour; and antelopes can go close to 60 miles per hour.

But none of them can come close to the world’s fastest runner, the cheetah. No animal on earth can outrun the cheetah’s 70-mile per hour speed.

fastest animal on earth

This swift, graceful jungle cat lives in Asia and Africa, where it can be tamed and used for hunting. The native hunters blindfold the animal and hold it on a leash.

When game appears, the cheetah is freed. It then makes a running dash for its prey and holds it down until the hunters can reach it.

In other news, some people think that certain birds like the peregrine falcon are faster than the cheetah. Yup, it’s true that it can go faster (about 180mph), but not under its own power.

We’re also convinced that Chuck Norris could beat them all if he tries hard enough. We’ll upload a video as soon as we can get our hands on it.


  1. Albert Cummantwood says

    I remember my great Uncle Jeffro Cummantwood who used to dive naked into the Indian Ocean collecting pearls, when one day he said he saw a huge tortoise running across the beach at at least 80mph
    It took him a few moments to register what he seen, there was no camera phones in them days so Jeffro ran back to his village naked & ran into the local church to tell everyone what he seen.
    Jeffro spent the rest of his days in a mental institute on the island & never came out.

  2. Jiais says

    lets just end this already. It’s the peregrine falcon, and the title is read to be animals on earth, not specifically land animals. And whether it’s diving or not, it can reach a speed of about 100 mph, so diving or just flying, the win goes to the peregrine falcon

  3. someone says

    a spine tailed swift has achieved speeds of 106 mph, thus making it the fastest animal on earth, where as the peregrine falcon can only fly straight at 55 mph, making many birds faster than it in level flight.

  4. stranger says

    All of you equating land to earth are forgetting that the earth consists of land, sea, and air. Every bit of matter within the gravitational pull of the planet is part of the earth. Therefore the falcon is the fastest animal on earth. The black marlin and the cheetah are about the same, but the cheetah is wasted after about 60 yards. For distances in excess of 50 miles, go with a prey animal. Without a rider, the mustang can cover fifty miles in just over an hour.

  5. Ellie says

    The fastest bird is the peregrine falcon, the fastest land animal is the cheetah, the fastest ocean/sea fish is the Black marlin.

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