Question: If you are out in the wild and an animal suddenly comes rushing towards you from the bushes – how fast will you run? Answer: Not fast enough! If you are Usain Bolt, you might briefly consider outrunning an elephant or a hippo (over a distance of 100m), but only just. For the majority of us, however, the picture paints a humbling story. Best to rethink your exit strategy! Top Running Speed: Cheetah: 120 km/h Springbok: 88 km/h Wildebeest: 80.5 km/h Lion: 80 km/h Hare: 80km/h African Wild Dog: 72.5 km/h Zebra: 64 km/h Spotted Hyena: 64km/h Black Rhino: 55 km/h White Rhino: 50 km/h Giraffe: 52 km/h Warthogs: 48 km/h Usain Bolt: 47 km/h (over 100m he reached this speed between the 60m and 80m mark.) Elephant: 40 km/h Hippopotamus: 30 km/h (on land)
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