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Hello again BK,

I'll point out that as compared with before, my questions have seemed to have lost their previous touch but this time, I decided to come with some good matchups.

1. Warthog vs Wild Boar

2. Ratel vs Striped Hyena

3. Aseel/shamo gamefowl vs Miniature Bull terrier

4. American Black bear vs Jaguar

5. Tasmanian Devil vs Welsh Terrier

6. Tasmanian Devil vs Caracal

7. Caracal vs African Golden cat

8. Cougar vs Sloth bear

9. Olive baboon vs Sun bear

10. Chacma baboon vs Snow Leopard

11. Wolverine vs Giant otter

12. Gray wolf vs Brown Hyena

13. Leopard vs Velociraptor

14. Thylacine vs wolverine (I heard thylacines had a HUGE bite force)

15. Brown Hyena vs Bully Kutta

16. Brown Hyena vs Wolverine

17. Brown Hyena vs Clouded Leopard

18. Dogo Argentino vs Rottweiler

19. Tiger vs Asiatic black bear

20. Main event: Bull shark vs Giant otter


Hello Jem.

1. Warthog vs Wild Boar: The wild boar will weigh 1/3rd more than the warthog.  Both animals have similar attributes offensively, but the wild boar has tougher hide & thicker fur.  The warthog's tusks are longer, but they aren't as sharp as the boar's.  Close fight at parity (edge to boar), and at the weights here the boar is favored.  Wild boar wins.

2. Ratel vs Striped Hyena: The striped hyena will weigh over 2 1/2 times more than the ratel.  Ratels have strong bites, sharp claws, & very tough hide.  However, the powerful, bone-crushing jaws of the larger striped hyena will present a problem for the mustelid.  The ratel is a better combatant pound-for-pound, but it's giving up too much weight here.  Striped hyena wins.

3. Aseel/shamo gamefowl vs Miniature Bull terrier: The Miniature Bull Terrier will weigh twice as much as a large Aseel or Shamo gamefowl.  The gamefowl can injure the Bull terrier with a well-placed kick, but it won't have a way to consistently prevent the canid from charging in and clamping onto with its jaws.  The bird won't hold up well to this type of attack, and will be dispatched shortly thereafter.  Miniature Bull terrier wins.

4. American Black bear vs Jaguar: The black bear will weigh about 70% more than the jaguar.  Black bears aren't as aggressive or formidable as brown bears, but they are still capable fighters with the attributes shared by various bears (great strength & endurance, large paws & claws, durability).  Jaguars are considered to be the strongest cat pound-for-pound, and have tremendously strong jaws that can bite through turtle shells & caiman armor.  Jaguars use their stocky, muscular builds to effectively grab & control adversaries, and work themselves into a position to kill with a crushing bite to the skull or spine.  The carnivorous jaguar will be more accustomed to combat than the omnivorous black bear, but it won't be large enough to deal with the ursid's offense (bites & paw swipes).  A jaguar can compete with any animal in its weight range, but a black bear will usually be too heavy.  Black bear wins.

5. Tasmanian Devil vs Welsh Terrier: These animals will be close in weight.  The Tasmanian devil has an extremely strong bite (among the top pound-for-pound among mammals) & a fierce disposition.  Welsh terriers were once used to hunt otter, fox, & badger.  The Welsh terrier is typically friendly & easy-going, and most of them won't likely have the mentality to engage in a serious battle with the marsupial.  A few solid bites from the Tasmanian devil will probably deter the terrier from persisting.  A determined Welsh terrier will have an advantage in mobility & will have a chance to succeed, but it would need to be trained as a hunter to do so.  Edge to Tasmanian devil.

6. Tasmanian Devil vs Caracal: The caracal will weigh over 2 1/2 times more than the Tasmanian devil.  The Tasmanian devil is a fierce animal with a strong bite, but it will have trouble dealing with a larger, more agile felid.  The caracal can use its claws offensively (to grab or claw), and can maintain a favorable position to land bites.  A Tasmanian devil will probably drive a caracal away in a realistic encounter, but won't defeat it in a fight.  Caracal wins.

7. Caracal vs African Golden cat: These cats have similar builds (and attributes), but the caracal is usually larger (by about 20%).  A parity fight would be close, but at these weights the caracal wins.  

8. Cougar vs Sloth bear: The cougar will weigh about 55% of the sloth bear's weight.  Sloth bears can be aggressive, and have long (3") foreclaws that can cause serious injury to an attacker.  Cougars have agility, jaws & claws, & excellent predation ability.  Cougars have been known to drive away larger bears in their habitats, but driving away & fighting are 2 different things.  Sloth bear wins.

9. Olive baboon vs Sun bear: The sun bear weighs about 75% more than the olive baboon.  The olive baboon is a robust primate with good mobility & fearsome teeth (as long as matchsticks).  Sun bears are durable & aggressive, and have strong paws (with sharp claws) to swipe with.  The olive baboon will have the lateral quickness to stay out of the bear's range, but any attempt to bite will put it in peril.  A swipe from the sun bear can seriously injure the baboon, and the ursid can overpower the primate if it gets a hold of it.  The olive baboon is a dangerous opponent, but it's too small here.  Sun bear wins.

10. Chacma baboon vs Snow Leopard:  A snow leopard can weigh over 80% of the chacma baboon's weight.  Snow leopards have the attributes shared by other big cats (agility, quickness, killing know-how), and have strong jaws & sharp claws (to hold/swipe with).  Chacma baboons have good mobility & sharp, upper canines that can cause serious injuries to an adversary in a short amount of time.  This is a dangerous fight for the snow leopard, but it should be able to use it forelimbs quickly enough to control the baboon's movement & finish with a throat bite.  Snow leopard wins.

11. Wolverine vs Giant otter: The giant otter will weigh almost double the wolverine's weight.  Otters are extremely agile in water, but their mobility is somewhat compromised on land due to their limbs & build.  The otter's bite can certainly be dangerous, but it will lack the mobility needed (on land) to counter the wolverine's fierce attack (with strong jaws & sharp claws).  A shallow water battle will probably favor the larger mustelid, but a land battle will favor the smaller one.  Edge to wolverine.

12. Gray wolf vs Brown Hyena: The brown hyena will weigh almost 85% of the gray wolf's weight.  The brown hyena's bite will likely be stronger than the wolf's, but both bites will be able to do damage.  The gray wolf will have the edge in lateral quickness.  Close fight, but edge to the gray wolf.

13. Leopard vs Velociraptor: The leopard will weigh 6 times more than the Velociraptor.  The Velociraptor had a diversified offense (slashing kicks, biting jaws), but it's giving up way too much size here.  The leopard will pounce upon it immediately & finish it with its jaws.  The larger dromaeosaurid Deinonychus weighed about 80% of a leopard's weight and would have been better competition for it (but wouldn't be favored either).  Leopard wins.

14. Thylacine vs Wolverine: The wolverine weighs 60% of the thylacine's weight.  The wolverine is a very strong animal pound-for-pound, and can be bold & aggressive.  The mustelid has thick fur, sharp claws, & a bone-crushing bite.  Thylacines had wide-opening jaws, but wasn't believed to have an exceptional bite force (but perhaps reasonably close to the range of a coyote's or an African wild dog's).  A wolverine can hold its own against anything it its weight range and many that are above it, and the slenderly-built thylacine wouldn't have been too far out of its league.  Edge to wolverine.  

15. Brown Hyena vs Bully Kutta: The Bully Kutta will weigh at least 50-60% more than the brown hyena.  Brown hyenas have very strong jaws & are reasonably durable, but a large Bully Kutta will exceed it in power & agility.  A Bully Kutta can be a fierce, skilled combatant, and will have a decent chance to succeed in a battle with a brown hyena.  The brown hyena's bite will give it a chance to prevail, but the odds will be slightly against it.  Edge to Bully Kutta.

16. Brown Hyena vs Wolverine: The brown hyena will weigh over 2 1/2 times more than the wolverine.  Wolverines can compete with anything in their weight range, but a brown hyena is too large.  Even though the wolverine is strong, ferocious, & well armed (strong jaws & claws), it will have trouble dealing with the big, crushing bite of the larger brown hyena.  The wolverine might succeed in chasing the hyena away, but it won't have the ability to consistently dispatch it.  Brown hyena wins.

17. Brown Hyena vs Clouded Leopard: The brown hyena will weigh over twice as much as the clouded leopard.  Clouded leopards are fast, agile, and have very long upper canines that can be used to quickly overcome prey items.  The brown hyena has very strong jaws, and clouded leopard will have a hard time counter-attacking once the larger animal clamps on.  The clouded leopard is capable of defeating a larger predator, but the brown hyena has too much size & power for the felid to easily deal with.  Brown hyena wins.

18. Dogo Argentino vs Rottweiler: The Rottweiler will weigh slightly more than the Dogo Argentino.  Dogo Argentinos are powerful & muscular, and have been used to attack & hold wild boar for hunters.  Rottweilers have been used by the military & the police, and make courageous guard dogs.  Rottweilers aren't quite on the level of a Dogo Argentino in regards to combat, and its slight weight advantage won't be enough.  Dogo Argentino wins.

19. Tiger vs Asiatic black bear: Depends on the type of tiger.  Siberian tigers will weigh 50% more than the bear, and Bengal tigers will weigh about 25% more.  These 2 tigers will be too large for the bear to consistently compete with.  Asiatic black bears have strength, durability, & endurance (like other bears), but aren't on the same level as a brown bear (pound-for-pound).  The Sumatran tiger weighs 70% of the Asiatic black bear's weight, and would be closer competition for it.  Tigers are very capable combatants (speed, agility, jaws & claws, killing know-how), but a Sumatran tiger will be slightly too small to be favored against an Asiatic black bear.  Any tigers larger than a Sumatran tiger will be favored against the bear.

20. Main event: Bull shark vs Giant otter: The bull shark will weigh over 7 times as much as the giant otter.  The giant otter will have a huge edge in mobility, but it won't have the offensive assets to capitalize upon this.  One bite from the bull shark will likely end the battle, and it's likely to occur if the otter insists on hanging around.  Bull shark wins.

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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.


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.

Associate degree in unrelated field; biology classes in college.

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