Interspecies Conflict/Conflicts

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Hi again BK here are more interesting animal fights.Here Goes

Wolverine vs Chacma Baboon

Orangutan vs Ostrich

Black Caimon vs Bull Shark

Gorilla vs Snow Leopard

Sable Antelope vs Russian wild Boar

Green Anaconda vs Colossal Squid

Weird Question-rabies is the most common feard thing among raccoons and so lets say a raccoon with rabies bit a giraffe,would the rabies be able to kill it?

African Leopard vs Sumatrian Tigar

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Yak vs Polar Bear

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Hello Trish.


Wolverine vs Chacma Baboon: A chacma baboon can weigh anywhere from 50% more to double the wolverine's weight.  Wolverines are bold & aggressive, and have been known to drive more formidable animals (like wolves & bears) away from their kills.  It has thick fur, powerful clawed limbs (perfect for digging), and strong jaws (can crunch through frozen meat & bone) armed with sharp teeth.  The wolverine will be stronger (pound-for-pound) and will be more resistant to injury than the monkey.  However, greater overall mobility & use of hands will be a good asset for the baboon.  Baboons have long, sharp upper canines that can cause serious injury to the wolverine after multiple bites are inflicted, but the baboon's body won't hold up well to the wolverine's claws & jaws.  A chacma baboon weighing about 50% more than the wolverine will give it a close fight, but one double its weight will likely prevail more times than not.  Edge to chacma baboon.

Orangutan vs Ostrich: The ostrich will weigh about 50% more than the orangutan.  Orangutans are very strong apes with long powerful arms that can span 7 1/2 ft when outstretched.  They more very well through the trees, but are somewhat limited in their mobility on the ground.  Orangutans are typically peaceful animals, and don't have the know-how to effectively subdue an ostrich.  Ostriches can tower 9ft tall, and are armed with talons that can be used to deliver dangerous kicks to an attacker.  The poor lateral mobility of the orangutan will make it nearly impossible for it to avoid being kicked by an angry ostrich, and it will be in trouble without a way to retreat (access to trees).  Ostrich wins.

Black Caimon vs Bull Shark: A large black caiman will weigh about 25% more than a large bull shark (a female bull shark can reach 700lb in weight).  Sharks aren't adept at face-to-face conflict, but are great at ambushing prey (bite & retreat), and bull sharks are capable of great bursts of speed.  Black caiman are also ambush predators, and use their vice-like jaws to clamp onto prey with tremendous force & drag the victim into the water to drown.  The bull shark's teeth are made to slice, and the caiman's teeth are made to hold.  The caiman's hide will afford it some protection against the shark's bite, but the reptile's sides & belly will be vulnerable.  The bull shark will have greater mobility, and will have a greater chance of landing a damaging bite (and will likely try to employ a bite & retreat method and wait for the reptile to lose blood).  The black caiman can rip off a fin or a tail with a "death roll" technique, but the typical "grab & drown" technique won't work as well on a shark as it will on a herbivore at the water's edge.  A black caiman's bite on the shark's sensitive nose might might turn things in the reptile's favor.  In regards to bull sharks, it states in "The Encyclopedia of Sharks" by Steve Parker that "given their size and ferocity, few animals scare them, although they have been known to be the victim of attacks by alligators and larger sharks".  The caiman will have the edge in water shallow enough to impede the bull shark's vertical movement, but water deep enough to allow full movement for both animals will favor the fish.  Edge to bull shark.

Gorilla vs Snow Leopard: The gorilla will weigh about 3 times as much as a snow leopard.  A large gorilla can reach 460lb in weight.  A snow leopard typically doesn't exceed 120lb, but large ones can reportedly approach 165lb.  Snow leopards have many advantages over a gorilla in terms of combat (agility, quickness, athleticism, sharp claws, killing experience), and are powerful felines, but one will not have as much absolute strength as a gorilla 3 times its size.  Gorillas have long, powerful arms that can be used to grab, pull, strike and defend, and have decent bites of their own (high bite force; sharp canines).  The gorilla will have enough mobility to continue turning toward the snow leopard to face it on most occasions, and the cat won't have the desire to tackle the ape head-on when giving up this much size.  Snow leopards can tackle prey items 3 times larger than themselves, but these prey items usually don't have the ability to fend off the cat's attack once it gets into a good position.  Gorillas aren't used to taking on other large animals of another species in combat (they usually accomplish what they need to with an intimidating display), but the size & strength advantage it has over the snow leopard here will give it a decent edge in this contest.  The snow leopard's goal will be to get into that "killing bite" position, and it will be difficult to do with a large gorilla that's aware of its presence.  Gorilla wins.

Sable Antelope vs Russian wild Boar: The sable antelope will typically have a bit of a weight advantage, but a big boar can weigh about the same.  Sable antelopes have large, backward-curving horns that can cause serious injuries to an attacker (even lions!).  These antelopes can be combative and will fight fiercely to defend themselves.  Wild boars are aggressive suids with tough hides, good lateral quickness (front-to-back; side-to-side), and sharp tusks.  Their durability makes them hard to kill, and their slashing tusks can be hard to defend.  At close weights the wild boar will have enough quickness to better utilize its weaponry than the antelope, and should prevail more times than not.  Russian wild boar wins.

Green Anaconda vs Colossal Squid: The colossal squid will likely weigh between 2 and 2 1/2 times as much as the green anaconda.  Both animals will be trying to "wrap the other one up" in a struggle, and the relatively supple bodies of each will make this challenging for both.  The squid will try to use its tentacles to ensnare the anaconda, and use its hard beak to bite the snake.  The green anaconda will latch on with its jaws & use its body to encircle the squid & squeeze.  The colossal squid is somewhat sluggish, but can quickly wrap up something that comes in contact with it.  The green anaconda is a strong, muscular animal (can suffocate a terrestrial animal weighing more than it does), but probably won't have the same degree of success in its constriction action against this cephalopod as it does with a typical victim.  If the anaconda coils around the mantle of the squid (which may happen), it might have the strength to collapse it (and damage the organs within).  This is a unique battle, and one that's hard to envision, and a stalemate is possible (both will likely end up grabbing one another and become unable to advance their respective positions).  Because the battle will take place underwater for the most part, the anaconda's need to breathe will eventually hinder it.  Edge to colossal squid.

Q: Weird Question-rabies is the most common feared thing among raccoons and so lets say a raccoon with rabies bit a giraffe, would the rabies be able to kill it?
A: Rabies is a viral disease that can affect the central nervous system of any warm-blooded animal.  One of the ways it can be passed on is when the saliva of an infected animal is introduced into the blood stream of another animal (usually through a bite).  Livestock, including cattle, can fall victim to rabies.  I contacted a veterinarian service specializing in large animals and asked them specifically how rabies would affect a giraffe.  They informed me that any animal (and I'm assuming they meant warm-blooded based on the entirety of our conversation) infected by the rabies virus will die.  Based on this, if the raccoon's bite penetrates the giraffe's hide and introduces its infected saliva into the blood stream of the giraffe, the giraffe will die.  It's hard to imagine an animal having that kind of effect on an animal weighing 100 times as much as it does, but apparently that's the case.  It may take a while for the giraffe to succumb to the disease's effect, but eventually (and sadly) it will.

African Leopard vs Sumatrian Tigar: The Sumatran tiger will weigh about 50% more than the African leopard.  Both animals have similar attributes (jaws with sharp teeth, sharp claws on each paw, agility, athleticism, speed, killing know-how), but the size advantage of the tiger will make it hard for the leopard to win any battle for position.  Any exchange of offense (biting, paw swipes, etc.) will favor the larger cat.  Leopards are among the strongest of all cats pound-for-pound, often drag heavy prey items into trees, and deal with dangerous animals from time-to-time (lions, hyenas, baboons, etc.), but there's nothing they bring to the table that a larger tiger can't trump.  Sumatran tiger wins.

Yak vs Polar Bear: A yak can weigh about 50% more than the polar bear.  Yaks are herd animals that are typically docile & complacent, but can defend themselves if threatened.  Yaks have long curved horns that extend from both sides of their heads, and usually ram into one another when engaging in battle.  They aren't as formidable (pound-for-pound) as most other bovids, but aren't pushovers.  Polar bears are extremely strong bears from nose-to-tail, and sometimes take on walruses when hunting.  A polar bear isn't practiced at taking on a mobile opponent larger than a muskox (I don't consider a walrus to be very mobile on land), and a yak can weigh over twice as much as a muskox.  The polar bear will have trouble controlling the movements of a larger bovid with its forelimbs if it attempts to latch onto it, and the bear's lack of great lateral movement will make it vulnerable to the yak's charges.  A polar bear may succeed in driving a timid yak away with an aggressive attack, but actually overcoming this large bovid will be a daunting task indeed.  If the yak is angry enough to battle strongly against the polar bear, it will have a good chance of repelling the ursid.  Edge to yak.


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Questions regarding animal conflicts within realistic or unrealistic settings are welcome; my strength lies in medium-to-large species. Small animals (including birds of prey), prehistoric animals, sea creatures, and domestic dog breeds are usually within my scope, but to a lesser degree. I can't confidently answer hypothetical questions about human vs animal, arachnids, insects, or amphibians, but I am willing to field them nonetheless.

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From a young age, I have been interested in animals. Starting with the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and World Book Encyclopedias, I have seen many animal shows and documentaries and have read multiple books on the subject. I have a solid understanding of the physiology of many animals and interspecies conflict in general.

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Associate degree in unrelated field; biology classes in college.

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