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Racing Greyhounds

"Flying Hounds"

The first and last images show one reason why the Greyhound is so fast,
second only to the cheetah. Greyhounds are able to run in a style that's called
"double-suspension", where there are two separate times during a single stride,
when all four legs are completely off the ground. During this period,
they are "suspended" in mid-air. The end result is that a greyhound
is rarely ever touching the ground when running at full speed. But when
those feet actually do touch the ground, they do it with incredible power!

As you can see, they practically do fly!

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