Cheetahs may be the fastest land mammal in the world, but there’s one thing they can’t do: Roar.
Indianapolis Zoo shared an adorable video of a cheetah demonstrating the purring, bleating and hissing noises the animal can make.
You’ll definitely want to watch this video with the sound on.
Indianapolis Zoo said: “Cheetahs purr, bleat, bark, growl, hiss and chirp but they don’t roar and they don’t tweet!”
Naturally social media users loved the video, saying that they were surprised they never realised cheetahs make such adorable sounds.
I'd never heard a cheetah meow before.
What an amazing time to be alive! https://t.co/Qio2FmW68l— Scott S. Semester (@sssemester) April 3, 2018
such tiny noises from such a big kitty! https://t.co/KFALmydvus— Katy Dubu Ⓥ 🎮 🏝️ Animal Crossing New Horizons (@Dubukat) April 4, 2018
Cheetah Spot said: “Many of their vocalisations are totally unlike those of any other cat… Roaring is made possible by a special two-piece hyoid bone in the throat.
“All of the non-roaring cats like the cheetah have a one-piece hyoid bone. Only four cats can roar: The lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar.”