Until the age of three months a cheetah cub has a thick mane of smoky-grey hair on its back. The mane is about 8 cm (3 in) long and helps hide the cub among dry grasses and bushes. Manes also make an animal look bigger and fiercer than it really is to scare away enemies.

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