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World's Fastest Land Animal Has Died — Learn About Sarah The Cheetah's Speed Records, Canine Friends, & All-Around Amazing Life!

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She lived such an amazing — and fast — life!

The Cincinnati Zoo announced on Friday that their world famous cheetah Sarah was euthanized due to a "diminishing quality of life" at 15 years old earlier this week.

Related: These Unlikely Zoo BFFs Are SO Cute!

The average lifespan of a cheetah is 8-12 years, so Sarah lived a very long life — but it was all about what she did with that life that's making headlines!

In 2009, she set the world speed record for land mammals, when she was clocked sprinting 100 meters in just 6.13 seconds!

For a frame of reference: the fastest human in the world, Usain Bolt, set the mark at that same distance for people at 9.58 seconds, so Sarah was FAST!

The amazing cheetah got going as fast as 61 miles per hour on that record-setting run — but she wasn't done yet!

Three years later,

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