On land? No. In the sky? Absolutely.
Peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) can travel at speeds reaching 241 miles (389 km) per hour. Of course, they aren't running when they do this; they are diving. In order to measure just how fast this is, veterinarian Steve Leonard took to the skies and launched himself from a hot air balloon. He brought a falcon lure (and a falcon, of course) along for the ride, The falcon seen here, named Lady, trained for six years to pursue a special lure to receive a food reward; however, getting her to do this was a little bit more difficult. It required an additional 6 months of training to make sure she was up to the job.
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