King Cheetah Side View
King cheetah standing side-on, Endangered Species Centre,
Hoedspruit, South Africa. © Scotch Macaskill
Camera: Canon EOS 300D (EOS Rebel) digital; Lens: Canon EF 28-90mm zoom; Focal Length: 90mm;
Aperture: F/5.6; Shutter Speed: 1/500; ISO: 200
More About King Cheetah: A normal cheetah's coat is marked with small round or oval black spots.
The only exception to this is when recessive genes are inherited from both parents resulting in a
more "blotchy" coat pattern with some spots joining together to form stripes.
Cheetahs exhibiting this rare mutation, known as "King Cheetahs", were once thought to be a separate
subspecies, but it is now known that they can appear in a litter of normal cheetah cubs.
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