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What color is a cheetah's fur?

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Cheetahs are a light tan color, and their coats are characterized by their all-over black spots. It is this spotted coat and the cheetah's smaller size, including its small ears and head and its tear-shaped stripes that run all the way from the cheetah's eye to the side of its nose, that distinguish it from the other cats in the big cat family.

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Cheetah cubs are a smoky color, and their hair is long and woolly. The cubs' hair is known as a mantle, and it runs down their backs. The mantle works to camouflage the cubs in tall grasses, a feature that keeps them safer from predators.

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