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Like normal cheetahs, king cheetahs also have tall and slim bodies. Although they look similar, the king cheetah has a fur pattern mutation (caused by lack of genetic diversity) which results in its large connected black patches – differing from the smaller and more plentiful spots found on the common cheetah. They have binocular vision, allowing them to rely more on sight than scent when hunting. The dark tear marks assist with this too. They are solitary diurnal hunters, except when in a coalition, where they will hunt together and attempt to capture larger prey. Once prey has been captured and depending on its size, the cheetah suffocates it by biting at the neck. They often eat quickly after a kill because they are unable to fight off other predators, especially if they are larger.

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