Interspecies Conflict/Short Battles


kurn wrote at 2012-10-14 07:55:22
3 sloth bears vs african lion- I am highly sure that three male sloth bears would be too much for a lion. They would be all attacking at it, and beating it with their long claws plus aggression.

5 sloth bears vs grizzly bear- Five sloth bears could win if they attack in swarms, but this is unlikely and the grizzly bear could pull them off. Grizzly bears are extremely robust and have very powerful builts, as well as aggression. They also have much stronger bite forces than sloth bears.

6 sloth bears vs polar bear- A polar bear wouldnt have much trouble with five sloth bears.

420 lb sloth bear vs 220 lb lioness- The sloth bear at the given sizes should win. It is much larger than the lioness, and also it wont have much trouble defeating it.

Sloth bear vs 7 chimps- Probably a 7/10 for the chimps. The sloth bear isnt robust nor predatory like other bears, and also has a very weak bite. Its long claws and aggression gives it a chance though.  

early wrote at 2012-10-26 06:03:23
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3 sloth bears vs african lion- Three 250 lb bears should be way too much.

5 sloth bears vs grizzly bear- Grizzly bears are way too powerful for even 5 sloth bears to beat it. They are also very aggressive.

6 sloth bears vs polar bear- Same scenario as above,except polar bears arent as aggressive.  

220 lb lioness vs 420 lb sloth bear- The sloth bear wont lose with this size advantage.

Sloth bear vs 7 chimps- Seven chimps would be enough to destroy the sloth bear. However, 4 chimps would be a fair fight.  

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I can answer most questions relating to real or hypothetical situations. I have a better understanding of animal behavior and specifically predatory behavior and interspecies predatory relationships. Mammals is my field of expertise but I can do my best in answering questions regarding other animals. Small mammals are my favourite matchups. One or two prehistoric match-ups is OK, but please do not focus on them as they are outside my expertise.


Even before completing my degree I considered myself an expert in mammal behavior. Doing my degree only furthered my interest and knowledge in the subject. After uni I got the opportunity to spend 6 months in South Africa and Kenya where I spent nearly every day basically observing and studying the animals of the savanna.

BSc Degree in Zoology from the Melbourne University, Australia.

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