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Busch Gardens cheetahs race against NFL football players

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Next time you go to Busch Gardens be sure to check out the theme park's newest TV stars. Next time you go to Busch Gardens be sure to check out the theme park's newest TV stars.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Next time you go to Busch Gardens be sure to check out the theme park's newest TV stars.

Busch Gardens cheetahs, Jenna and Nave, recently starred in a National Geographic Documentary called "Man v. Cheetah". The cheetahs raced against the National Football League's fastest athletes, running back Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester.

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A special walled enclosure was built inside Busch Gardens for the races, according to the Inside Busch Gardens blog. A cheetah was on one side of the enclosure and a football player was on the other side. Park guests got to watch the race on the 220-foot-long path.

Cheetahs Jenna and Nave have lived at Busch Gardens since 2011. You can see them running in their exhibit. Both have been clocked running 62 mph.

The documentary was filmed for National Geographic's "Big Cat Week"

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