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American cheetah by HodariNundu American cheetah by HodariNundu
Request para :iconasmodeodesinan: Un berrendo tiene el sobresalto de su vida al ver precipitarse sobre el a su peor enemigo D:
Miracinonyx es a menudo llamado el "guepardo americano", pero en realidad estaba mas emparentado con el puma; su parecido con el guepardo se debe a que al parecer ocupaba un nicho ecologico similar, persiguiendo presas medianas a gran velocidad en llanuras abiertas...
Se cree que el berrendo actual (el mamifero terrestre mas rápido de las Américas) desarrolló su velocidad debido a que tenía que coexistir con este depredador.

As requested by :iconasmodeodesinan: A pronghorn has the scare of its life as its worst enemy makes a dash for him.
Miracinonyx is often times called the "American cheetah" but was actually more closely related to the cougar (aka puma, aka mountain lion, aka a hundred other names); its similarity to the cheetah is due to a similar lifestyle, chasing middle-sized prey in open plains.
It is believed that the modern pronghorn (fastest land mammal in the New World) developed its speed because it had to coexist with this predator.
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WDGHK Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
This is convergent evolution in its finest,others say this is the missing link tying cougars and jaguarundis with the cheetahs of Africa as close relatives, scientist really can never agree on anything.

I wonder what pronghorns have to do nowadays,they must be bored witout their own natural predator.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
DNA supports the latter.
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   General Artist
Oh, coyotes and golden eagles give them a lot to do.
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WDGHK Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
To calves mainly,wolves cant run them down and cougars need to ambush them on surprise to cath them.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   General Artist
I didn´t mention any of those...

Golden eagles apparently hunt adults, coyotes mostly calves but sometimes they're killed in the process.
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WDGHK Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Eagle cant possibly attack adult pronghorn they are to big,its the coyote hunting in a pack that could threaten an adult.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   General Artist
There's actual evidence of eagles attacking pronghorns and I have books from as early as the 70s stating so.
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stark002 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
I've actually seen pics of a golden eagle killing a pronghorn
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   General Artist
yes, I've seen those too. pretty impressive animals
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pronghorn:  No fair, he's being a cheetah! duh dum, tst. 
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