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Saturday, 10 September 2011

The Fastest Animal On The Planet

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest member of the animal kingdom. When diving (also called a stoop) through the air this animal can reach speeds of over 325 km/h (202 mph). A video of one of these amazing dives can be seen below. The speed and eyes that the Peregrine Falcon is equipped with makes it a perfect hunter.

This bird can be found on all continents except Antarctica. The Peregrine Falcon became an endangered species during the mid-20th century because of a chemical pesticide called DDT which was widely used to prevent insect damage to crops. Fortunately, these awe-inspiring creatures bounced back in most parts of the world since the use of DTT other chemicals pesticides was curtailed. Captive breeding programs also helped with the boost of the bird’s population. Peregrine Falcons can live up to 15.5 years out in the wild.

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