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World's Fastest Animals.

What's the fastest animal on Earth? Try a falcon--at 208 kilometers per hour (130 mph)--which can leave a cheetah or gazelle in the dust! The answer certainly surprised researchers at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who tracked the diving speeds of a tame gyrfalcon (JER-falkon), an Arctic falcon named Kumpan. They used a telescope attached to a computer specially designed by Duke zoologist Vance Tucker to record Kumpan's location and speed each second during his high-speed dives.

Check out the graph for a look at some of Earth's other swift critters.

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Author:Rivera, Rachel
Publication:Science World
Date:Nov 16, 1998
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