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Hello BK, didn't come in a while!
These are my faceoffs.

1.   Leopard vs Wild Boar

2.   Alabai vs Bully Kutta

3.   Golden Jackal vs Aseel gamefowl

4.   Aseel gamefowl vs Peacock

5.   Ostrich vs Snow Leopard

6.   Red fox vs Golden eagle

7.   African buffalo vs Spanish fighting bull (Iíve asked you this but I want some detail in it.)

8.   Gray Wolf vs Kangal

9.   Sun bear vs Spotted Hyena

10.   Wildebeest vs Hartebeest

11.   Wild boar vs Jaguar

12.   Warthog vs Sloth bear

13.   Dogo Argentino vs Pit bull

14.   White Rhinceros vs Gaur

15.   Main event: Grey wolf (Indian species) vs Bully Kutta


Hello Jem.

1. Leopard vs Wild Boar: The wild boar will weigh more than twice the leopard's weight.  Wild boars have tough hides & sharp tusks, and can be fierce combatants.  Leopards are impressive felids with great strength (can drag large prey items up into a tree), agility, and killing experience.  Any animal hoping to overcome a large wild boar usually must gain control of the front half of the pig to prevent the slashing tusks from finding their mark.  Leopards can use their forelimbs to grab & manipulate (with the help of sharp claws), but will have major problems trying to do this against a wild boar twice its size.  The chances of the leopard gaining enough control to mount an offense while protecting itself isn't good.  A leopard can defeat a wild boar close to its weight, but it's more misses than hits against this one.  Wild boar wins.

2. Alabai vs Bully Kutta: The Bully Kutta will typically have a small weight advantage (about 15%) over the Alabai.  Bully Kuttas are powerful & intelligent, and have thick bones & wide jaws.  They are very agile for their size.  Bully Kuttas have been used in the past for hunting, guarding, and fighting.  Alabais are strong, fearless dogs with thick fur & great endurance.  They have been used as livestock guardians as well.  Close fight at equal weights, but the size advantage of the Bully Kutta will make a difference.  Bully Kutta wins.

3. Golden Jackal vs Aseel gamefowl: The golden jackal can weigh over twice as much as the largest Aseel gamefowl.  The Aseel gamefowl can certainly drive a timid, uncommitted jackal away with a bevy of aggressive kicks, but a golden jackal intent on making a kill will succeed.  The jackal's bite will be able to end the contest quickly, and the canid's lateral movement will be sufficient enough to keep it out of any real danger.  Golden jackal wins.

4. Aseel gamefowl vs Peacock: The largest varieties of the Aseel gamefowl can exceed the weight of a peacock.  The Aseel gamefowl will be more aggressive & more accustomed to battling other bird species, and will likely have a decent advantage against the more passive peacock.  The peacock probably won't have the means to deal with the gamefowl's kicks, and will move away from it.  Aseel gamefowl wins.

5. Ostrich vs Snow Leopard: The ostrich will weigh around twice as much as the snow leopard.  The snow leopard's ability to leap is a key factor in this fight.  The kick of an ostrich can be dangerous to an attacker, but the agile snow leopard can avoid this by leaping upon the bird and attacking it from close range without worry of a counter-attack.  Snow leopards can bring down prey items over 3 times their own weight, and the ostrich won't have a defense once the cat clears the bird's kicking range.  Snow leopard wins.

6. Red fox vs Golden eagle: The red fox will weigh at least 70% more than the golden eagle.  This fight will depend, in part, on how it begins.  A golden eagle attacking a red fox from the air can subdue it quickly with an accurate point of contact with its powerful talons.  Once the talons penetrate the hide of the fox, it will likely put the canid in a position too compromised to counter-attack with its bite.  If the fox attacks the golden eagle on the ground, it can finish it with a well-placed bite, but will still have to worry about the talons & beak of the raptor.  The fox has good lateral movement, but its bite is its only weapon.  Birds of prey, like the golden eagle, are fantastic hunters, but their bodies aren't made to withstand the rigors of a conflict against a non-avian opponent that fights back.  If the eagle attacks from the air, it will have the advantage on most occasions.  If the battle starts from the ground, the fox will have the edge.

7. African buffalo vs Spanish fighting bull: My previous answer to this had a decent amount of detail.  Here it is: These animals will be close to the same size.  African, or Cape, buffaloes have thick, curved horns that point down & then up, and the base forms a shield of bone (called a boss) to help shield the skull from injury.  African buffaloes are ill-tempered by nature (and can't be domesticated), as they have to deal with attacking lions, hyenas, and African wild dogs.  They have been known to kill lions in confrontations, and it usually takes multiple lions to bring one down.  Spanish fighting bulls are very well-muscled in the neck, shoulder & back areas, and have sharp, forward-curving horns that are in great position to impale an attacker.  These bulls can make violent, powerful movements, and are typically very aggressive.  It's hard for most domestic animals to compete with a wild one that deals with the kind of adversity it faces, but the nature of what a Spanish fighting bull does puts it on par with many non-domesticated animals.  At equal weights, this fight is 50/50.  Not much to add to this, but there are a couple of things I will mention.  The Spanish fighting bulls seen in the barbaric sport of bullfighting aren't 100% (usually weakened by lances being stabbed in their neck muscles which prevents the bulls from lifting their heads high & restricting their range of motion), and aren't the true representation of what these bovids are capable of doing.  They actually have very good lateral movement (probably more so than the African buffalo), and can change direction quickly & explosively.  The Spanish fighting bull & the African buffalo have similar fighting styles (clashing of head & horns to push & stab), and although the "boss" of the buffalo will protect its skull better, the forward-point horns of the bull will have greater reach in most head-on charges.  Neither animal has enough of an advantage in any one area to place it above the other one, and either one is capable of victory.

8. Gray Wolf vs Kangal: The grey wolf will weigh slightly less than a typical Kangal.  Kangals are strong, solid dogs with large heads & wide jaws.  They have one of the strongest bite forces among dogs, and have been used in the past to guard livestock.  Gray wolves usually have larger skulls than domestic dogs in their weight range, and have much stronger bite forces.  Wolves are nimble canids with experience bringing down large prey items (although usually in a group) like elk, moose, & even bison.  A trained Kangal will probably succeed in driving a gray wolf away, but will have its hands full with one willing to engage.  A Kangal is one of the more formidable large dogs in regards to combat, but it will need more of a weight advantage than it has to compete with a gray wolf on a consistent basis.  Edge to gray wolf.

9. Sun bear vs Spotted Hyena: The sun bear will weigh slightly less than the spotted hyena.  Spotted hyenas have bone-crushing jaws & great durability.  Sun bears have sharp claws & loose skin that enables them to effectively counter-attack even when grabbed in an attacker's jaws.  Even if the hyena latched onto the bear, it would likely be in a position to inflict damage to the hyena with its claws.  A sun bear would be able to repel a spotted hyena on most occasions in a realistic confrontation, and would be slightly favored in a serious fight.  Edge to sun bear.

10. Wildebeest vs Hartebeest: The wildebeest will weigh over 20% more than the hartebeest.  With many antelope battles, the winner is decided by the heavier animal, and that is the case here.  The horns of each animal are shaped a bit differently, and the hartebeest deals with the same predators as the larger antelope.  Nothing about the hartebeest will make up for the weight disadvantage against the wildebeest.  The hartebeest will run if it can as it isn't quite as confrontational as the wildebeest.  Wildebeest wins.

11. Wild boar vs Jaguar: The jaguar will weigh close to 80% of the wild boar's weight.  Wild boars can be very dangerous (have sharp tusks & can make quick turns), and have tough hides that afford them protection from many attacks.  Jaguars are among the strongest cats pound-for-pound, and have vice-like jaws capable of crushing turtle shells (and puncturing skulls).  This adaptation gives the jaguar a unique weapon in its arsenal.  The big cat's short, stocky build is perfect for engaging & controlling low-to-the-ground adversaries, and it will need to use its paws to grip onto the wild boar's front half to neutralize the slashing tusks of the suid.  As the smaller peccary (a wild boar-like animal) can give a jaguar fits, the felid will need to be extremely careful with a boar larger than itself.  A jaguar would probably avoid a wild boar in a normal encounter (and seek easier prey), but will have a decent chance if it's determined to tackle the pig.  Close to 50/50.

12. Warthog vs Sloth bear: The sloth bear will weigh almost 30% more than the warthog.  Sloth bears aren't as formidable (pound-for-pound) as brown bears, but still share many traits with them that will aid them in combat (great strength & endurance, durability, strong jaws, sharp claws, forelimbs that can grab/swipe/control).  Sloth bears typically feed on ants, termites, & fruit, and aren't as accustomed to battling suids as brown & black bears are.  Warthogs are nimble mammals with long, curved tusks that can slash an attacker (like a lion or a hyena).  A realistic confrontation between these 2 will likely lead to the sloth bear retreating, but the ursid has the size, strength, & weaponry to prevail if it is forced to fight to the end.  Edge to sloth bear.

13. Dogo Argentino vs Pit bull: The Dogo Argentino will weigh almost twice as much as the American Pit Bull Terrier.  The American Pit Bull Terrier is solid, athletic, & muscular, and has a broad head with powerful jaws.  Its background as a fighter makes it naturally aggressive toward other dogs.  APBTs are pound-for-pound at the top of the heap in regards to combat among dogs.  Dogo Argentinos have been used for boar hunting & fighting, and have deep chests and muscular hindquarters.  They have box-shaped heads, short muzzles, & strong jaws.  Dogos are not quite on the same level as an ABPT, and won't have the durability & intensity of the smaller dog.  APBT wins.

14. White Rhinceros vs Gaur: The white rhinoceros will weigh at least double the gaur's weight.  A gaur is perhaps the most impressive of the bovids, but it is no match for a white rhinoceros.  White rhinos are built like tanks (rotund bodies & tough hides), and their long frontal horn is one of the greatest weapons among land animals.  The rhino will use its immense strength to plow into the gaur (goring it with its horn or toppling it over), and will be able to seriously injure the bovid soon after the onset of the fight.  White rhinoceros wins.

15. Main event: Grey wolf (Indian species) vs Bully Kutta: The grey wolves in India aren't as large as grey wolves in other areas, and a larger grey wolf species would be needed to take on a trained Bully Kutta.  The Bully Kutta will be more accustomed to one-on-one combat with another canid than the gray wolf will, and its size advantage will add to its chances.  The largest gray wolf will weigh 3/4 the weight of a large Bully Kutta, and will be a close match for it.  The smaller Indian ones will not be favored.  Bully Kutta 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.

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