facebook
twitter
search
search

Cheetahs cut loose at the race track

Updated Dec. 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

HOUSTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Curators at the Houston Zoo said they took a pair of cheetahs to a horse racing track to let them stretch their legs and sprint off their excess energy.

Beth Schaefer, the zoo's curator of primates and carnivores, said the zoo's two cheetahs, 5-year-old brothers Kito and Kiburi, were taken to the Sam Houston Race Park to let them cut loose and run at speeds of up to 65 mph, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.

"They need about 600 feet," Schaefer said. "We don't have that straightaway anywhere on zoo grounds."

However, she said the fenced-in horse track was a perfect place for the cheetahs to tire themselves out.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Topics: Sam Houston
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Buyer in U.S. orders 1 million doughnuts from France
Judge, former classmate have emotional reunion in court
Watch from a sea turtle's perspective as it swims through Great Barrier Reef
SoBe apologizes for alarming bottle cap message
Wimbledon headband deemed too colorful for Wimbledon athletes