Interspecies Conflict/Animal Fights 4

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Hello BK
a few more questions i like to ask you.

Jaguar vs Plains Zebra
Jaguar vs Grey Wolves (3)
Common Raccoon vs Borneo Python
Honey Badger vs King Cobra
Coyote vs Boxer
African Wild Dog vs Wolverine
Bengal Tiger vs Sumatran Rhinoceros
Arabian Leopard vs Honey Badgers (2)
Cougar vs Komodo Dragon

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Hello again Johannes.


Jaguar vs Plains Zebra: The zebra can weigh over 2 1/2 times as much as the jaguar.  Zebras are accustomed to dealing with big cats (like lions & leopard), but usually become prey for them.  These equids can deliver powerful kicks with their hooves, and won't hesitate to bite.  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 jaguar's short, stocky build is perfect for engaging & controlling low-to-the-ground adversaries (caimans, anacondas, peccaries, tapirs, etc.), and it won't be as adept at tackling taller herbivores as some other big cats are.  However, this big cat will have the assets to overpower the zebra.  The jaguar will need to avoid the kicks of the zebra & latch onto it to bring it to the ground.  Not an easy fight for the jaguar, but it should prevail most of the time.  Jaguar wins.

Jaguar vs 3 Grey Wolves: A jaguar can weigh 2 1/2 times as much as a grey 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.  If the wolves are determined & don't care about possibly losing a member or 2, they can succeed if they're careful.  However, in a realistic situation, the jaguar will put up enough resistance to eventually send the wolves packing.  Edge to jaguar.

Common Raccoon vs Borneo Python: The raccoon will typically weigh about 60% of the python's weight, but the weights can be close on occasion.  Pythons are great ambush hunters, but aren't great fighters on land against similar-sized mobile opponents.  The raccoon has sharp claws & teeth, but will find it difficult injuring the durable reptile at the onset of the fight.  The raccoon will need to use its quickness to avoid the bite/coils of the python until the snake becomes exhausted, but won't succeed every time.  A raccoon doesn't have a great deal of experience dealing with larger constrictors, and this may make this conflict potentially hazardous for it.  A raccoon will have the edge at close weights, but will have a battle on its hands if it weighs too much less (and the python will win in water).  Close to 50/50 overall.

Honey Badger vs King Cobra: The honey badger will be over 50% heavier than the cobra (in some cases twice as heavy).  King cobras can reach over 18ft in length, have a body the girth of a large grapefruit, and boast a massive venom yield.  Honey badgers have tough, thick skin than affords them protection from a variety of attacks, and has a certain degree of resistance to venom of many African snakes (not sure how the king cobra's venom will effect it).  Honey badgers are fierce fighters with sharp claws (excellent for digging) & strong jaws.  If a honey badger is determined to kill a king cobra, it will be able to do so.  It may be adversely affected by the bite of the cobra, but it can dispatch the cobra long before the venom takes effect.  Honey badger wins.  

Coyote vs Boxer: A boxer will typically weigh twice as much as a coyote, but will only be about 60% heavier than a large one.  Boxers are compact dogs with bulldog-like jaws.  They were once used as fighting dogs, and are still used by the police & military.  Coyotes are nimble predators that usually engage in conflicts as a group.  They can injure a dog with their bites, and will usually have more battle experience than a domestic one.  A typical pet boxer won't have the moxie to overpower a coyote without a decent size advantage, but a trained one will.  Overall edge to boxer.

African Wild Dog vs Wolverine: The wolverine will weigh over 55% of the African wild dog'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.  The African wild dog is nimble, and has a strong bite force of its own, but it typically takes on other animals in a group.  In a realistic situation the wolverine would likely succeed in driving the wild dog away, but a persistent one could make a good fight of it.  The wolverine has a more robust & supple body than the canid, and it has a greater variety of weapons at its disposal.  Close battle, but the wolverine has the slightest of edges.  Wolverine wins.

Bengal Tiger vs Sumatran Rhinoceros: The Sumatran rhino will weigh about 3 1/2 times more than the Bengal tiger.  Bengal tigers are fantasic hunters, and are capable of overcoming large prey items using ambush.  Their power, ferocity, agility, quickness, weaponry (jaws & claws), & killing know-how make them formidable combatants.  Sumatran rhinos aren't as formidable for their size as white & black rhinos (less aggression; smaller horn), but can still utilize their strength & durability to prevail against an adversary.  A Bengal tiger is probably capable of defeating a Sumatran tiger with a well-executed ambush, but will have trouble dealing with one face-to-face.  Sumatran rhinoceros wins.

Arabian Leopard vs 2 Honey Badgers: The Arabian leopard will weigh about as much as both honey badgers combined.  The Arabian leopard is the smallest leopard, but has the attributes of its African cousin (quickness, agility, finishing know-how, strong jaws, sharp claws, etc.).  Honey badgers are aggressive & fearless, and have thick skin that protects them from many attacks.  These mustelids also have formidable bites & sharp claws (well-suited for digging), and are well-practiced at battling other species of animals.  The Arabian leopard won't risk injury in a conflict unless it has no other options, and will likely be driven away by 2 honey badgers in a realistic encounter.  The honey badgers might not cooperate the way they need to in a fight to the finish (like wolves or wild dogs do), and the leopard has better tools for ending a conflict than the mustelids do.  In a battle between determined individuals, the leopard will have the edge.  Arabian leopard wins.

Cougar vs Komodo Dragon: A cougar will weigh a little more than the Komodo dragon.  Cougars are very athletic felids with powerful bodies & good weaponry (jaws & claws).  These cats prey upon animals much larger than themselves, and occasionally face bears & wolves in conflicts.  Komodo dragons are huge lizards with armor-like hide (covered with tiny osteoderms), powerful tails, sharp claws & teeth, & toxic bites.  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 this reptile also produces a toxin that induces shock in its prey.  The agility of the cougar will be an important asset, as it will need to avoid the Komodo dragon's bite while attempting to pounce upon it.  The cougar has the tools to kill the Komodo dragon, and even a bitten cougar may continue to attack (and likely kill) the lizard if it's determined to stay in the fight.  Komodos are less experienced combatants than cougars because they almost exclusively ambush prey & will usually avoid direct confrontation with any animal that is willing to fight back (except other komodos).  The cougar will win the initial battle most of the time, but may die later if it's bitten deeply at any point in the confrontation.  Cougar 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.

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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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