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hi there bk.70 kg gray wolf vs brock lesnar.large male chimp vs john cena.70kg leopard vs large male silverback.three 70kg gray wolves vs 250lb jaguar.two 70kg gray wolves vs 70kg leopard.large silverback gorilla vs 17ft burmese python.and if you dropped a 20ft saltwater crocodile in the amazon would it be the dominant predator and would any animal see it as viable prey?thanks again bk for your time to answer my questions, the way you explain and detail your questions is excellent:)

Hello Chris.

gray wolf (70kg) vs Brock Lesnar: Brock Lesnar will weigh over 70% as much as the gray wolf.  Brock Lesnar is a powerful, athletic human being that is skilled at overpowering human adversaries in a competitive setting like the UFC's octagon.  Brock Lesnar's lack of sharp teeth, sharp claws, & predatory know-how/experience will limit him a great deal in a battle with a gray wolf that is practiced at tackling (solo on occasion) animals more formidable than he is.  Brock can punch, kick, grab, and perhaps utilize a choke against the wolf, but getting into position to do this won't be easy.  The gray wolf will be quicker, and will have much better weaponry (large jaws with sharp teeth).  It is quite possible that Brock Lesnar will succeed in repelling the wolf in a realistic encounter, but a serious battle with a determined wolf will be a steep challenge indeed.  Brock Lesnar is probably one of the few humans that actually have a decent chance here, but a 70kg gray wolf will be an unusually large one.  Gray wolves deal with pumas, black bears, wolverines, and other dangerous animals on occasion, and predate on large cervids (among other things, of course).  Being familiar with how to react to these potentially perilous encounters makes the gray wolf more battle-tested than an unarmed human trained to fight other unarmed humans.  Edge to gray wolf.

large male chimp vs John Cena: John Cena will stand 6'1" and weigh about 109kg.  Chimpanzees usually don't exceed 60kg, but a large one may approach 68kg (so Cena will weigh about 60% more than the chimpanzee).  A chimpanzee isn't a practiced fighter in the wild without help from its troop, but can still be a dangerous animal for any human to encounter.  It will have good mobility, grabbing hands, and the potential to deliver a serious bite.  Chimpanzees are stronger than humans pound-for-pound (perhaps as much as 4 times as much), and can be very aggressive.  John Cena's profession requires him to be in great physical shape, and his strength and athleticism will serve him well in this battle.  The offense John Cena will provide (punches/kicks/choke attempts) won't be formidable enough to overcome the greater strength and weaponry (grabbing hands/bite) of the chimpanzee on most occasions.  He won't be without hope, but the chimpanzee will have a better idea of what to do than John Cena will.  Edge to large male chimpanzee.

leopard (70kg) vs large silverback gorilla: A large silverback gorilla can weigh almost 3 times as much as a 70kg leopard.  Leopards have successfully ambushed sleeping gorillas by quickly getting into a good position to land a killing bite, but face-to-face would be a different scenario.  A leopard has many advantages over a gorilla in terms of combat (agility, quickness, sharp claws, killing experience), but one will not have nearly as much absolute strength as a gorilla over 3 times its size.  Gorillas have long, powerful arms that can be used to grab, pull, or apply blunt force, and have dangerous bites of their own (long upper canines/high bite force).  The gorilla will have enough mobility to continue turning toward the leopard to face it on most occasions, and the leopard won't have the desire to tackle the ape head-on when giving up this much size.  If the 2 engage, the leopard will likely roll onto its back and try to utilize its back claws to kick/disembowel the ape, and the gorilla will be trying to pull, bite, and use its arms in a clubbing manner (with strikes being more accidental than precise) to overcome the cat.  Gorillas aren't practiced at taking on other large animals of another species in combat, but the size & strength advantage of this one will enable it to repel the cat.  The leopard's goal will be to get into that "killing bite" position, and it will be very difficult to do with a large gorilla without an ambush.  Even an average-sized silverback gorilla (about 160kg) will have an edge in a face-to-face conflict with a 70kg leopard.  Large silverback gorilla wins.

3 gray wolves (70kg each) vs jaguar (250lb): The jaguar will weigh over 60% as much as each wolf.  Wolves are great team players, and will try to attack the jaguar from different sides to wear it out.  However, the jaguar is very strong, quick, and has sharp claws & vice-like jaws that can crush through turtle shells.  The jaguar has the ability to quickly dispatch a single wolf, but will have trouble focusing on just one while the other 2 dart in to deliver bites.  Wolves will usually abandon an attack if the risk of injury exceeds the chance of a successful kill, and that is likely what will occur here.  However, if the wolves are determined, they have the numbers (and better stamina) to eventually get this done.  A maximum-sized jaguar will be out of their reach, but this one won't be.  Edge to 3 gray wolves.

2 gray wolves (70kg each) vs leopard (70kg): It won't be easy, but the wolves can win this with the right strategy.  If they attack with bites from different sides, they can keep the leopard off-balance and eventually fatigue it.  Wolves have better endurance than leopards, but they only have their bites to use offensively.  The leopard may choose to attack one wolf right off the bat and injure it enough to make the fight a one-on-one, but wolves work well enough together to make this difficult (the other wolf will bite the leopard from behind as it attacks the other wolf).  The leopard's superior quickness and weaponry (jaws + claws) give it a chance to injure one of the wolves early on as they try to attack, but its focus will be divided as it tries to defend itself from both of them.  Leopards are accustomed to dealing with the more powerful hyena, and this may help its cause somewhat in this battle, but the odds will be against it at the given weights.  In a realistic encounter the leopard may be able to drive the wolves away to find an easier adversary, but these wolves are larger than normal (they usually max out at 59kg) and the leopard is an average-sized one (leopards can max out at 91kg).  The leopard will have the edge if the weights are average for both parties or maximum for both parties, but a leopard will have trouble handling 2 gray wolves that each weigh as much as it does.  Edge to 2 gray wolves.

large silverback gorilla vs 17ft Burmese python: The silverback gorilla will weigh at least 3 times as much as the 17ft Burmese python.  Gorillas have a natural fear of snakes (and reportedly any large reptile), but will battle any threat if they have no alternative.  Gorillas are very strong apes, and have arms that can span over 2 1/2 meters.  They usually fight by pulling & biting, and can seriously injure a Burmese python by attacking the head area.  Burmese pythons are excellent ambush predators, but are poor fighters on land (lack of mobility & endurance).  Constrictors have backward-pointing teeth that make it difficult for any prey item to pull away once bitten, and few animals have the ability to escape once fully wrapped up by the snake's body.  However, with an animal as large as a silverback gorilla, a 17ft Burmese python will need deep water to have a good chance to prevail in a battle.  Gorillas can't swim, and won't do well in the water in combat with another animal.  A large silverback gorilla will probably be too large to be constricted by this python unless a sensitive area is encoiled, and will be too strong to fall victim to it on land.  Overall edge to gorilla.

Q: If you dropped a 20ft saltwater crocodile in the Amazon would it be the dominant predator and would any animal see it as viable prey?

A: A 20ft saltwater crocodile will likely exceed a ton in weight.  The black caiman, which can weigh 400kg, is considered one of the top predators in the Amazon.  A full-grown black caiman has little to worry about (a large jaguar might give it trouble on land), and a saltwater crocodile weighing over twice as much will be undisputed king of the Amazon basin.  On land, the crocodile will be too large and well-armored for any big cat to deal with, and in the water it will be too powerful to be bothered by the black caiman or the green anaconda.  Green anacondas can suffocate animals twice their own weight with their muscular coils, but this crocodile will weigh 5 times as much as one of these constrictors.  The only possible ways for the saltwater crocodile to meet its demise (jaguar biting through its skull/anaconda wrapping around its neck) simply won't occur in reality.  The risk is too great for any animal in the Amazon to mess with a 20ft saltwater crocodile.

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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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