General Fiction posted December 16, 2020

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A loving tribute (see note)


by Cynthia Adams1

I just learned this interesting fact: A shrimp’s heart is located in its head. Imagine if we humans had our heads and hearts much easier would life be!

That said, this is not a story about shrimp-- that's just an interesting fact I wanted to share. I am here to brag on my favorite animal: the cheetah.

When I was a kid, this boy Bobby almost lapped us in a foot race. Tony called him a cheetah. He might have meant “cheater” but with his accent it was hard to tell. I was the only one in our group who could identify a cheetah. That’s because I’ve loved them ever since my eccentric aunt gave me a stuffed one for my birthday. I studied up on them. When I grew old enough to sew, I made a pillow cover with fake cheetah fur. I took that pillow to college.

You probably know cheetahs have black spots, but do you know that, like football players, they have natural eye black to block the sun?
They are a lot faster than football players though, reaching 60 to 70 mph in three seconds.

Cheetahs are not ferocious predators like many wild cats. They can’t win a fight with a lion and they will lose to a pack of hyenas. There are no known accounts of cheetahs ever attacking humans in the African wild. They eat gazelles, impalas, small animals and birds.

Male cheetahs and young females eat their food very quickly and bolt to avoid predators. Momma cheetahs take their time to make sure their babies eat and drink well; keeping vigil, scared but steady.
I think that's brave.

Cheetahs don’t roar.
Their “chirrup” sounds like a little bird. I'm charmed by that too.


Beautiful Creatures writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a short essay about an animal - maximum 300 words. It can be a beloved pet or a wild animal you admire. The photo you include should be of the animal, or type of animal, you are describing.


The info on shirmps having their hearts in their heads comes from "Telangana Today." It is thought shrimps' vital organs are housed there because the shell is harder around their head than the shell covering their tails (rather like humans).

"Cheetah" is derived from a Hindi word...

The "chirrup" sound a cheetah makes sounds exactly like a little bird. If you look it up online, you can listen to will surprise you.

Information I didn't aleardy know came from:

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