Cheetahs Can’t Roar, So Instead They Sound Like This

Lions ROAR. They make a terrifying, sonorous growl that can be heard miles away. Tigers, leopards, and jaguars all roar too.

It’s a well-known fact that cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animals, but not many people know they can’t roar like some other big cats.

So what do cheetahs look like? They meow and purr like an ordinary house cat. Even though cheetahs, which can weigh up to 159 pounds, are quite large, their anatomy is that of a small cat. Their voice box is fixed, with vocal cords that vibrate as they breathe in and out. This allows them to purr, but takes away their ability to roar. They can still bleak, bark, growl, hiss, and chirp but not roar!