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Thank you again.

1: Game-bred pit vs. tiger at parity
2: Utahraptor vs. tiger at parity
3: Komodo vs. caiman at parity
4: Honey badger vs. caiman at parity
5: Fighting bull vs. musth elephant at parity
6: Caiman vs. musth elephant at parity
7: Mandrill vs. musth elephant at parity

Thanks in advance,
Martin

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Hello Martin.


Game-bred pit vs Tiger (at parity):  Game-bred pit bulls are powerful, relentless combatants that ignore pain & injury throughout the course of a battle.  These canids will rush in immediately, and will seek to lock their jaws onto the face or head area of an opponent.  Pit bulls will typically employ a "bite & shake" method of attack once they engage (to induce injury & blood loss), and very few animals within its weight range will have an answer for this kind of assault (even if their weaponry, on paper, is better).  An APBT scaled to the tiger's size will come close to matching its quickness & athleticism, but will still be, essentially, a one-trick pony (big bite).  Tigers are fierce, capable fighters (as all big cats are), and have sharp claws (front & back) that can be used to inflict serious injury (primary the back ones by rapid kicking) & secure a good position (primarily the front claws).  The tiger won't be able to prevent the APBT from clamping on eventually, but it should be able to use its controlling forelimbs (and fast reflexes) to keep the canid from getting the bite location it wants.  The tiger's counter-attack with its claws can slowly weaken the APBT, and the possibility of the felid getting into a good enough position to secure a finishing throat-bite is decent.  An APBT is built & equipped in such a way to make it a hard puzzle to solve, but big cats (at equal weights) have the assets to pull it off.  With the APBT having greater stamina, the tiger won't succeed every time.  Close to 50/50.

Utahraptor vs Tiger (at parity): Utahraptor was a dangerous foe that used slashing kicks as its primary weapon, had claws on its forelimbs to aid in grabbing & holding, and a decent bite (not on par with large theropods, but still effective).  This diversified offense made the Utahraptor a handful for any adversary.  Tigers are quick & agile, have sharp claws & teeth, and the ability to finish fights with a throat bite (and are adept at getting into position to do this).  The initial stages of this battle will be critical, as the tiger will need to close the distance quickly (and cling to the Utahraptor or bowl it over) while avoiding a damaging kick as it does so.  This will be tricky, but the tiger should have the maneuverability & explosiveness to succeed on most occasions.  Once the tiger gets past the kicks, it will need to use its forelimbs to control the positioning while avoiding the Utahraptor's bite (and this will be easier if the theropod falls over when the tiger makes contact).  Not an easy battle, but the tiger should have the assets to win more times than not.  Tiger wins.

Komodo vs Caiman (at parity): Komodo dragons are powerful reptiles with claws suited for effective digging, a whip-like tail, & a dangerous bite with sharp teeth used to tear flesh.  It was once believed that the komodo dragon's bite was effective in dispatching victims based solely on the presence of bacteria, but it is now known that the komodo also produces a toxin that induces shock in its prey.  The effect of the komodo's bite won't likely be as profound with a caiman as it would with a mammal, and the osteoderms on much of the caiman's body will make difficult (but not impossible) for the komodo to tear into.  The caiman's strong bite is designed to hold, but can tear if twisting follows contact.  Komodo dragons have tough hide themselves (tiny osteoderms help form an armor-like skin), but the caiman's bite will have a better chance to injure the giant lizard (with a head or limb bite) than the other way around.  Caiman wins.

Honey badger vs Caiman (at parity): Honey badgers are known for their fearlessness & ferocity, and they have thick skin that affords them protection from most attacks.  The honey badger's jaws & claws are good weapons as well.  Caimans have strong bites & armored hides, but have poor mobility & stamina on land.  The honey badger will have the mobility & quickness to avoid the caiman's bite on most occasions, and will use it front claws to grab onto the reptile (probably from the side) and begin a biting assault.  Even if the caiman clamps onto the honey badger with its jaws, the mustelid will have the durability & flexibility to resist the attack (unless the bite it on the skull).  The caiman will tire quickly, and the honey badger's bites will gradually take their toll.  The caiman will be favored in water deep enough to allow the it to have ample movement, but it will be outmatched on land.  Honey badger on land; caiman in water.

Fighting bull vs Musth elephant (at parity): The elephant will have more brute strength, but the fighting bull will have more power (strength + speed).  The fighting bull will have more readily usable weaponry (forward-point horns) because of its greater lateral movement, and will be able to make powerful charges & violent movements in its attack on the elephant.  The elephant will be more robust, but will be slower.  It can defeat the bull if it can bowl into it with a few impactive charges, but the likelihood of success every time isn't great.  The horns of the fighting bull will be used to greater effect than the tusks of the elephant.  Both animals will have fierce determination, but the bull will be a bit quicker.  Fighting bull wins.

Caiman vs Musth elephant (at parity): An elephant in musth is a sight to behold, and it will wreck anything in its path if it can.  Caimans have huge, vice-like jaws & armored hides, but have poor mobility & endurance on land (but can make quick, abbreviated movements).  A caiman will have trouble overcoming the elephant on land because it won't have the strength or stamina to further its attack once the jaws clamp on, and the pachyderm will have a good chance of goring it with its tusks before too much time goes by.  Shallow water would enable the caiman to operate with greater mobility & endurance, and it will have more pulling power to combat the elephant's resistance.  Shallow water deep enough to cover the caiman will be coming close to the elephant's belly, and the mammal's movements, offense, and power won't be as profound (as on land).  Musth elephant wins on land; close to 50/50 in shallow water; caiman wins in deep water.

Mandrill vs Musth elephant (at parity): The mandrill will have a significant speed & mobility advantage here.  Elephants are stocky & strong, but will be too slow to effectively mount an offense against a mandrill scaled to its size.  The mandrill will be nimble enough to land multiple bites on the elephant without fear of any meaningful reprisal, and will eventually overcome the pachyderm once blood loss sets in.  From the elephant's perspective, the mandrill's upper canines will be close to 10 inches in length!  The elephant could injure the mandrill with a strong charge if the primate stood still, but that's not likely to happen.  Mandrill wins.


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