The animal of the day is the Peregrine Falcon. (Did you know: Ok buddy, slow down. Just cuz you’re the fastest animal residing on the planet Earth doesn’t give you reason to look so cocky.
These mid-air speed devils hit their prey going almost 250mph, so much like car accidents it’s not the speed that kills you, it’s the shock of stopping. When those talons hit their prey in mid-air, they are driven into their prey with so much impact that the prey is shocked to death.
Peregrine falcons even have a third eyelid to handle the high speeds they hit while flying [it helps spread their tears out and keep those amazing eyes focused before the falcon delivers those death blows].
Keep in mind, there are other really fast birds out there (I’m looking at you Golden Eagle), but the Peregrine is fastest in a dive. Though Golden Eagles and Albatrosses have higher maximum sustained horizontal flight, so…If I ever get shrunk down to the size of a bird-riding elf, I’m probably gonna get me a Golden Eagle, and just use my Peregrine Falcon on the weekends to show off to those cute elf chicks.