Interspecies Conflict/Animal Fights 5


Hello BK I'd like to ask you a few more questions about animal fights.

African Wild Dog vs Bonobo
Pantanal Jaguar vs Spotted Hyena Pack of 3 animals
Kodiak Bear vs Utahraptor
Giant Panda vs Western Gorilla
Impala vs Mandrill
African Lion vs Dimetrodon
Wild Horse vs Wild Boar
Titanoboa vs Ursus maritimus tyrannus
Grey Wolves (2) vs Muskox
Grey Wolves (2)vs Western Gorilla
Cougar vs Leopard
Grizzly Bear vs 2 Eastern Gorillas
Cape Leopard vs Caucasian Ovcharka
Spotted Hyena vs Komodo Dragon
Leopard vs Indian Gharial
Spotted Hyena vs Western Gorilla
Walrus vs Saltwater Crocodile

Hello Johannes.

African Wild Dog vs Bonobo: The bonobo will weigh slightly more (almost 10%) than the African wild dog.  Neither animal is practiced at one-on-one combat (usually engage in conflicts as a group), but the African wild dog has experience as a hunter of big game.  Bonobos are strong & have use of their hands as an asset, but African wild dogs have powerful bites, great endurance, & better lateral movement.  A bonobo might intimidate a wild dog into a retreat, but won't prevail in a serious battle on most occasions without a bit more of a weight advantage.  Edge to African wild dog.

Pantanal Jaguar vs 3 Spotted Hyenas: The jaguar will weigh over twice as much as a single spotted hyena.  Jaguars are among the strongest cats pound-for-pound, and have jaws strong enough to crush turtle shells.  Spotted hyenas are very durable, have good endurance, and can crush bone with their jaws.  A jaguar can easily kill a single hyena, but will have trouble focusing on one target while being attacked from all sides.  Hyenas work well as a team, and will have a good chance of wearing the jaguar down.  Close fight, but edge to 3 spotted hyenas.

Kodiak Bear vs Utahraptor: The Kodiak bear will weigh over 35% more than the Utahraptor.  Kodiak bears are strong, durable, & have great endurance.  Their jaws & claws make great weapons, and their forelimbs can be used to manipulate & control the motion of an opponent.  Utahraptors have decent jaws, clawed forelimbs, & dangerous kicks (with sickle-shaped claws).  These theropods are very dangerous at close quarters, and have the quickness & mobility to attack effectively by leaping upon an adversary.  A Kodiak bear will have the strength to topple the Utahraptor, and will have enough durability to withstand a counter-attack while it mounts its offense.  Close fight, but the Kodiak bear has the edge.

Giant Panda vs Western Gorilla: The Western gorilla will weigh about 30-40% more than a large giant panda.  The giant panda is robust and strong, but is usually timid (as is the gorilla).  However, if angry, they can be dangerous (as with the gorilla).  Pandas have strong jaws capable of a crunching bite and sharp claws.  In a real-life encounter the gorilla would probably intimidate the panda into a quick retreat, but an actual fight would probably find the panda capable of injuring the gorilla more effectively than the other way around.  Gorillas are strong primates, but aren't used to conflicts with other types of animals.  Slight edge to giant panda.

Impala vs Mandrill: The impala can weigh up to 45% more than the mandrill.  Mandrills don't commonly hunt larger game, but are dangerous adversaries for anything close to their weight range (good mobility, hand usage, sharp upper canines).  Impalas are swift antelopes that prefer to run from danger, but can use their horns in defense if they need to repel an attacker.  A mandrill might back away from an impala that faces off with it, but will have the tools to overpower one if it decides it wants to.  Mandrill wins.

African Lion vs Dimetrodon: The African lion will weigh about the same as Dimetrodon.  The lion will have greater mobility & agility, and should be able to leap to the side of Dimetrodon to begin a close-quarters attack.  The jaws & claws of the lion can cause a lot of damage, and although the sail of Dimetrodon will make an attack from the top problematic, the cat should be able to position itself for an effective neck bite.  As long as the lion avoids the huge, teeth-filled jaws of Dimetrodon, it should be able to prevail most of the time.  African lion wins.

Wild Horse vs Wild Boar: The wild horse will weigh about 50% more than the wild boar.  The horse will bring strong kicks to the table, and the boar will use its sharp tusks to slash.  The wild boar has a tough hide, good lateral movement, and a fierce disposition.  It will be able to injure the horse more readily than the other way around, but a direct kick (especially in the head) from the horse can injure the suid.  A larger, more battle-tested equid like a zebra would have a better chance to prevail, but the wild horse won't have a great defense against the quicker, better-armed boar.  Wild boar wins.

Titanoboa vs Ursus maritimus tyrannus: These animals will be close in weight (according to most estimates).  Titanoboa was a huge constrictor with a girth greater than an oil barrel's.  It was an excellent ambush predator, and overpowered large prey items (including large crocodilians).  Today's large constrictors are much better at hunting than face-to-face combat on land against similar-sized opponents due to poor mobility & stamina, and Titanoboa likely had those same drawbacks.  Bears are strong, durable, and have great endurance.  Ursus maritimus tyrannus used its formidable jaws & claws to hunt & overpower large prey items, and would have likely overcome Titanoboa in a struggle on land.  Many prey items of constrictors don't have the body shape, flexibility, or weaponry to escape a coiling attack, but a bear does.  A battle in the water would be more beneficial to Titanoboa, as its mobility & endurance would be greatly increased.  The weaponry of Ursus maritimus tyrannus would still be enough to give it a decent chance, but it would need to make sure too many coils didn't encircle it while it mounted its offense.  Ursus maritimus tyrannus wins on land, 50/50 in shallow water, Titanoboa wins in deeper water.

Grey Wolves (2) vs Muskox: A muskox can weigh almost 7 times as much as a grey wolf.  A muskox fights by ramming with its head & hooking with its horns.  Wolves are great at teamwork, and have the lateral quickness to avoid many of the muskox's charges.  The muskox will present the most danger when the wolves come close to bite, and it can seriously injure the canids with its sharp horns.  2 wolves are capable of winning this matchup on some occasions (especially if the get the muskox to run so they can tire it out), but if the bovid stands its ground, the canids will have a tough battle on their hands.  Edge to muskox.

Grey Wolves (2) vs Western Gorilla: A Western gorilla can weigh over 3 times as much as a grey wolf.  A gorilla has great strength & a strong bite, but will not have an easy time with 2 grey wolves.  Grey wolves are great at teamwork, and their high level of endurance gives them an edge in any prolonged struggle.  The wolves will try to attack from different sides (primarily a "bite & retreat" method) to confuse & wear down the gorilla, but the ape's long, powerful arms will give it a good measure of control over any wolf that comes too close.  The gorilla will likely flail its forearms in an attempt to intimidate the wolves, and will grab & bite if it gets the chance.  The superior size & strength will help the gorilla in deflecting the wolves offense, and it should put up enough resistance to drive the canids away.  2 grey wolves can succeed, but won't likely do so on most occasions.  Edge to Western gorilla.  

Cougar vs Leopard: A cougar weighs about 15% more than a leopard.  The leopard has a more muscular head and shoulder area (and is stronger pound-for-pound), but the cougar has longer legs and a better reach.  At parity I would favor the leopard, but with the weight advantage here I would slightly favor the cougar.  Edge to cougar.

Grizzly Bear vs 2 Eastern Gorillas: A grizzly bear can weigh over twice as much as an Eastern gorilla.  Grizzly bears are among the most aggressive of bears, and rarely back down from a conflict.  They have a huge shoulder hump of muscle that enables them to easily dig up tough earth, and gives them great power when swiping with their forelimbs.  Grizzly bears have claws on each paw that can exceed 4" in length, and these can be mighty weapons.  Gorillas are very strong primates with long arms & decent bites.  They aren't experienced at battling other species of animals, and most conflict between troops are primarily intimidation.  2 gorillas won't work as a team the way a couple of grey wolves or lionesses will, and won't have an effective means of tackling a grizzly bear.  The bear can seriously injure a gorilla with its weaponry, and its endurance will enable it to battle strongly for a long time.  Grizzly bear wins.  

Cape Leopard vs Caucasian Ovcharka: A Caucasian Ovcharka can weigh close to double the weight of a Cape leopard.  Caucasian Ovcharkas are excellent flock guardians, and will defend fiercely against wolves & other predators.  Cape leopards have typical big cat assets (quickness, agility, jaws & claws, finishing ability), but will have trouble dealing with the big bite of an attacking Ovcharka.  Felids are capable of explosive action for a short amount of time, but lose effectiveness once their stamina wanes.  The cape leopard will have a small amount of time in which to apply a finishing bite before tiring out.  A trained Caucasian Ovcharka should have enough moxie to prevail some of the time, but will likely sustain serious injuries in the process.  A cape leopard will probably flee at the sight of a charging Caucasian Ovcharka, but will put up a good fight if it's forced to.  Close to 50/50.

Spotted Hyena vs Komodo Dragon: The Komodo dragon will typically weigh close to the spotted hyena's weight, but can exceed it by over 1/3rd.  Spotted hyenas are durable mammals with bone-crushing bites, and are accustomed to conflict with other types of animals (lions, leopards, African wild dogs, etc.).  Komodo dragons don't encounter other large predators (of another species) in their habitat, and aren't as battle-tested as spotted hyenas are.  Komodo dragons are excellent ambush hunters, and their toxic bites can induce shock & overcome animals as large as water buffalo.  They also have armor-like hide (covered in small osteoderms), whip-like tails, & sharp claws that can aid them in a confrontation.  The spotted hyena is somewhat ungainly, but it will still have the advantage in lateral quickness over the Komodo dragon.  A Komodo dragon can move quickly in a short burst, and it is vital that the spotted hyena avoid the reptile's bite while initiating its own attack.  The spotted hyena should be able to dodge the Komodo dragon's bite long enough to land a few bites of its own, but the chances of it overcoming the giant lizard without receiving a penetrating bite isn't great.  The initial battle may be won by the spotted hyena on some occasions, but it will likely die soon after from its injuries.  Close to 50/50; overall edge to Komodo dragon.   

Leopard vs Indian Gharial: The Indian gharial can weigh several times more than an African leopard.  Gharials have narrow jaws (and small, sharp teeth) that are perfect for catching fish, but aren't effective weapons against larger animals.  The poor mobility & endurance of the gharial on land will make it ill-equipped to defend itself against an attacking leopard, but the armored hide of the large reptile will make it difficult for the smaller leopard to make much headway.  A leopard can attack a gharial on land without much worry of injury, but won't have the persistence needed to dispatch it on most occasions (creating a stalemate).  The leopard has the means to defeat the gharial on land, but a water battle will be much harder due to the increase in the reptile's maneuverability & stamina.  The gharial won't kill the leopard in water, but will put up enough resistance to keep from getting killed itself.  Leopard on land; gharial in water.  

Spotted Hyena vs Western Gorilla: A Western gorilla can weigh over 2 1/2 times as much as a spotted hyena.  Spotted hyenas have durable builds & powerful jaws, but they are not a match for a gorilla one-on-one.  The strong arms & hands of the gorilla will easily control the positioning of the battle at close quarters where the primate can utilize its bite.  The hyena might get a bite in at the onset of the conflict, but the gorilla will use its strength to overpower the smaller animal.  A hyena will need help from other members of its clan to defeat a gorilla.  Western gorilla wins.  

Walrus vs Saltwater Crocodile: A walrus can weigh well over 50% as much as a saltwater crocodile.  Crocodiles kill by drowning, and this would be hard to pull off with a large aquatic animal like a walrus.  The teeth of the crocodile are not made for shearing, but for holding struggling prey in place.  A walrus is a rotund mammal with very tough hide, and the crocodile's jaws would have trouble getting a grip on most areas of its body.  A crocodile can overpower a large herbivore at the water's edge because there are many places on the victim's body for the jaws to latch onto (leg, head, etc.).  A strong thrust of the walrus' tusks will likely impale the crocodile's armored hide in some areas (certainly the underbelly), and the mobility of the pinniped will be enough to make this occurrence a decent possibility.  A bull walrus has little to fear from a saltwater crocodile whether on land or in the water.  Walrus 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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