The fastest creature on land stalks some unlucky prey!
One of the fascinating things about animals is how much their form follows function. Each species represents an evolutionary solution to environmental pressures and survival situations. Some animals have become much more specialized to their function than others, such as the cheetah, renowned as the fastest land animal. Compared to other big cats, they are much lighter in build, possessing slender bodies that are clearly built for speed. They are unique in having non-retractable claws that help their feet grip while running. These adaptations allow them to run down prey in the African savanna. Like other cats, they are ambush predators that utilize tall grass to approach and surprise their prey.
I wanted to depict that quiet, intense moment of stalking before the fantastic bursts of speed they are known for.