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Interspecies Conflict/Some fights for you


Hey BK I appreciate you continuing to field our questions even though you are busy.

1: Game-bred APBT on the smallish side (20 kg) vs. golden eagle by surprise air attack, air attack without element of surprise, and on the ground

2: Game-bred APBT vs. rutting zebra stallion at parity

3: Honey badger vs. game-bred APBT at parity

4: HB vs. game-bred Tosa at parity

5: Prime alpha wolf (by itself) vs. musth elephant at parity

6: Komodo vs. black mamba at parity

7: Komodo vs. wild boar at parity

8: Wild boar vs. musth elephant at parity

9: 15 enraged prime chimps vs. musth elephant at parity

10: 20kg game-bred APBT vs. 35kg AWD

11: Game-bred Ovcharka vs. spotted hyena at exact parity

12: Chimp vs. Kodiak at parity

13: Rutting zebra stallion vs. game-bred fighting bull at parity

14: Rutting whitetail buck vs. chimp at normal weights

15: 5 lion-sized chimps cooperating against a Cape buffalo


Hello Martin.

game-bred APBT (20 kg) vs golden eagle (by surprise air attack): The American pit bull terrier will weigh over 3 times as much as the golden eagle.  A golden eagle has very strong, sharp talons.  The crushing grip of these talons (coupled with the speed of the approach) can incapacitate the APBT if the strike accurately hits a vital area.  The golden eagle is excellent at killing small prey, and although larger prey can be taken as well, the success rate isn't as high as with smaller prey items.  Any strike that doesn't disable the APBT will present a problem for the golden eagle, as the canid will violently fight back.  The eagle's body isn't built to withstand the rigors of a violent struggle, and the chance of sustaining injury in one would be high.  The golden eagle won't get an immediate kill (or disabling blow) on most occasions, and will be using its limited ground skills to desperately defend itself in a failed initial attack.  In other words, it is a must that the initial strike of the golden eagle incapacitates the APBT in order for it to have a chance to win.  That won't happen on most occasions, but it will happen on some occasions.  Edge to game-bred APBT.

game-bred APBT (20 kg) vs golden eagle (air attack without element of surprise): The golden eagle will have its success rate lowered if the APBT sees it coming.  The APBT will have a better chance to react to the approaching eagle, and the chance of the raptor getting a clean strike won't be as good.  If the APBT gets his jaws on the golden eagle, it will shake it violently to induce tissue damage, and the bird will not have time to put its talons & beak to use before its body wears out.  Game-bred APBT wins.

game-bred APBT (20 kg) vs golden eagle (on the ground): Here the golden eagle doesn't have much of a chance.  It can't effectively employ its talons & beak well enough offensively or defensively to keep the APBT from rushing in and clamping onto it with its jaws.  Raptors are superb hunters with ambush, but fighting on the ground is not one of their strong suits.  Game-bred APBT wins.

game-bred APBT vs rutting zebra stallion (at parity): The zebra will be in trouble here.  The American pit bull terrier will have a shoulder height close to 7/8th the shoulder height of the zebra (for scaling purposes).  Even though the kick of the zebra (especially a back kick) could certainly slow the APBT down with a good strike, the equid will not be able to prevent the canid from latching onto it and employing its "grab & shake" technique.  The APBT will not need a lot of time to overpower the zebra.  Game-bred APBT wins.

honey badger vs game-bred APBT (at parity): Honey badgers are fearless & aggressive, and are accustomed to dealing with other dangerous animals (like hyenas, leopards, jackals, etc.).  Their thick skin gives them protection against many attacks, and their supple bodies give them the maneuverability to counter-attack with strong bites & sharp, raking claws.  American pit bull terriers are relentless combatants with high levels of strength, stamina, durability, & athleticism.  The APBT terrier will rush in immediately & attempt to clamp onto the head or neck of the honey badger, and the mustelid may not have a good opportunity to use its jaws once the canid does this.  The honey badger will rely on its thick skin & sharp claws to stay in the battle, but even this tough fighter can eventually get worn down by the high-octane attack of the APBT.  Close fight, and both can win, but edge to the game-bred APBT.

honey badger vs game-bred Tosa (at parity): Tosas are highly skilled fighters that employ a methodical, wrestling-like attack to control the movements of their opponents.  These dogs have good stamina, and their large jaws can inflict nasty bites.  The honey badger's thick skin will protect it, to some degree, from the Tosa's attack, and it will have a decent chance to bite & claw effectively as the battle ensues.  The supple body of the honey badger will make it harder for the Tosa to control than a canid opponent, and the battle-tested mustelid should have an easier time with this dog than it would with an APBT.  Edge to honey badger.

prime alpha wolf (by itself) vs musth elephant (at parity): The wolf will actually be a bit taller than the elephant at the shoulder.  The alpha wolf will have much greater speed & mobility than the elephant.  The elephant will be stronger, but will be slow in comparison.  The charges by the elephant will be avoided by the wolf on most occasions, and the canid will be able to employ a "bite & retreat" method on the pachyderm until it is gradually worn down.  The elephant can potentially win if it can use its strength to drive its tusks into the wolf's body, but it will have difficulty finding its mark against this nimble opponent.  Wolves can bring down prey items larger than themselves, and that experience will aid one in this particular battle.  Alpha wolf wins.

komodo dragon vs black mamba (at parity): The komodo's bite won't effect the black mamba the same as it would a mammal, but the sharp teeth of the lizard can lacerate the body of the snake.  However, the black mamba is a fast striker with potent venom, and its fangs will likely penetrate the tough hide of the komodo at some point in the battle.  Both can win, but I like the black mamba's chances a little more.  Edge to black mamba.

komodo dragon vs wild boar (at parity): A wild boar will have a mobility/quickness advantage over the Komodo dragon, and its tusks can breach the armor-like hide of the reptile.  Komodos will often give way to a wild boar face-to-face, but they will ambush them if given a chance.  The wild boar will be able to win the initial battle with a Komodo dragon in most face-to-face encounters, but a bite from the giant lizard will turn the tide (a deep bite will be ultimately fatal).  The Komodo dragon is capable of making quick lunges, so it has a good chance of biting the wild boar before it gets too seriously injured itself.  At normal weights I would favor the wild boar, but at parity it's much closer.  It depends on how you look at it - the wild boar will be favored to begin with, but the Komodo dragon should win in the end more times than not.

wild boar vs musth elephant (at parity): The elephant will have the advantage in strength & ferocity, but the boar will have the definite edge in lateral quickness.  The tusks of the boar will be able to cut into the elephant, but the elephant's tusks can be forcefully driven into the boar if it comes close.  The force of the elephant's weight slamming into the boar can injure the suid, and its enraged state may drive it away.  A battle between determined individuals can go either way.  Close to 50/50.

15 enraged prime chimps vs musth elephant (at parity): If each chimpanzee weighs the same as the elephant, the apes will probably overpower the pachyderm will multiple bites.  Their grabbing hands can help keep the tusks of the elephant at bay, and despite their lack of predatory excellence, they should be too much for the elephant to handle.  Normally an elephant will weigh 80-90 times more than a single chimpanzee and will have no trouble dispatching 15 of them, but a parity battle changes everything.  15 chimpanzees win.  Now if by parity you mean that the 15 chimps combined equal the weight of the elephant, you will have 15 apes that weigh about 360kg each.  These chimpanzees won't have the know-how to properly attack the elephant to effectively subdue it, but can cause trouble for it.  The elephant will be able to injure the chimpanzees easier than they can injure it, and it will gradually reduce the number of its simian attackers.  The chimps' lack of claws and shearing teeth keep them from having the means to overpower the elephant, but they won't go down easily.  For this battle, the elephant will have the edge.

game-bred APBT (20kg) vs African wild dog (35kg): Game-bred American pit bull terriers are relentless combatants with high levels of strength, stamina, durability, & athleticism.  They will rush in immediately to latch onto the neck/face/head area of an opponent, and won't let go.  APBTs will use their powerful bodies to force their jaws side-to-side to induce further damage, and pull back strongly for even greater effect.  Most animals close to their weight range will have difficulty with this type of attack (even if they have better weaponry on paper).  The African wild dog is a successful predator, but it usually hunts & fights in a pack.  African wild dogs deal with formidable animals on a regular basis & aren't pushovers, but the decent size advantage is the only thing that will keep it competitive in this particular battle.  It is nimble & has good endurance, but it won't be as accustomed to one-on-one fighting as the APBT will be.  Close to 50/50.

game-bred Ovcharka vs spotted hyena (at exact parity): Ovcharkas (Caucasian & Central Asian) are fierce fighters that are accustomed to defending flocks against predators.  They are near the top in regards to canine combat.  Spotted hyenas have 2 assets that make them extremely tough opponents for many animals: great durability & extremely powerful bites.  They are somewhat ungainly, but one will be able to endure the multiple bites of the Ovcharka while delivering a few strong bites of its own.  An Ovcharka will probably be able to drive a hyena away in a realistic situation, but a down & dirty battle will favor the tough & battle-tested hyena.  Spotted hyena wins.

chimp vs Kodiak bear (at parity): Chimpanzees are strong primates that fight by grabbing & biting, but they aren't practiced at battling similar-sized animals solo.  Kodiak bears are durable, powerful, & have great stamina.  They fight with their crushing jaws & long claws, and use their forelimbs to control the movement of opponents.  The chimpanzee might have better mobility, but that's probably its only advantage.  The claws of the Kodiak bear will cause significant damage upon contact with the chimp's body.  Kodiak bear wins.

rutting zebra stallion vs game-bred fighting bull (at parity): Fighting bulls are muscular, powerful bovids with forward-pointing horns used to thrust into adversaries.  These bulls can make quick, forceful turns to effectively use their weaponry.  Zebras are strong kickers (and bite, too!), but one will not be able to kick as well as the fighting bull can gore.  The zebra won't have a decent means of defending itself against the charges of the bull, and will likely get toppled or impaled.  Game-bred fighting bull wins.

rutting whitetail buck vs chimp (at normal weights): A white-tailed buck can weigh more than twice as much as a chimpanzee.  Chimpanzees don't have a predatory instinct like, let's say, wolves or hyenas, and aren't accustomed to tackling large prey items (solo or in a group).  A deer in rut can be very aggressive, and will kick with its hooves & stab with its antlers.  A chimpanzee won't have the know-how to deal with a violent white-tailed deer.  The buck will ram it into a retreat quite easily.  Rutting white-tailed buck wins.

5 lion-sized chimps cooperating vs Cape buffalo: The Cape buffalo will weigh 3-4 times more than each lion-sized chimp.  Cape buffalos are aggressive, unpredictable, & dangerous.  These powerful bovids deal with attacking lions, hyenas, African wild dogs, & other dangerous predators (including Nile crocodiles), and are very experienced in doing so.  Cape buffaloes can kick & trample with their hooves, but their thick, curved horns are their most imposing assets.  Chimpanzees will sometimes cooperate in attacking a single similar-sized animal (sometimes a chimp from a rival troop), but they don't have the predatory know-how to tackle one that's much larger.  They don't have claws to hang onto the Cape buffalo if they jump on it, and they don't have jaws & teeth that can readily breach the hide of the bovid while it's defending itself.  The chimpanzees will certainly annoy the Cape buffalo, but they won't be able to overpower it.  The buffalo will seriously injure the chimpanzees if they persist in their attack attempt.  Cape buffalo 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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