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Like a human fingerprint, every cheetah has a unique pattern of spots © Björn Persson

Every cheetah has a unique pattern of spots on its coat that serves as their distinct identity. Cheetah fur is short and often coarse. Fluffy fur covers the chest and the ventral side. The arrangement of the stripes of the tail differs among individuals, but the stripe patterns of siblings are very similar. In fact, the tail of an individual will typically resemble its siblings to a greater extent than it resembles its own mother's.