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Animals with Stripes

King Cheetahs are the best!

king cheetah by Cheetah Princess, via Flickr Rare King Cheetah. Result of a genetic mutation.

Rare "king" cheetah markings. Indistinct spots and 3 streaks on its spine. So beautiful

The King Cheetah - a rare breed from southern Africa. With thick stripes running down its back, and disorderly blotches over the rest of its body, the king cheetah looks so unusual that it was originally considered a separate species. A recessive gene must be inherited from both parents for this pattern to appear, which is one reason why it is so rare.

“Fang” the 2 month old King Cheetah male at Tama Zoo in Tokyo. There have been four King Cheetahs born to 3 different mothers over the last 16 months.

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Unusual animals around the world

The King Cheetah has a recessive fur pattern mutation. First discovered in Zimbabwe in 1926, this very rare animal has been seen in the wild only 6 times. Gorgeous.