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Hello again,
1.I remember one man has asked a question in this category,it was about bob cat vs caracal at parity(not from you).
That expert favoured the bob cat saying that they are highly aggressive.However I doubt his decision as in my opinion caracals are equally aggressive as bob cats.I also believe bobcats are not as agile as caracals.The lynx also has a shorter jaw compared to the compact skull of caracal.So what is your opinion in this fight?Will the bob cat stronger in terms of fighting than caracal?

2.Fights(at parity and determined to fight with no ambush)
1.cougar vs clouded leopard
2.wolverine vs clouded leopard
3.wolverine vs snow leopard
4.stoat vs wolverine vs jaguar
5.mandrill vs chamaca baboon
6.african wild dog vs dingo rhino vs cougar
8.tasmanian devil vs black rhino
9.bighorn sheep vs plains zebra mouse vs snowshoe rabbit
11.golden eagle vs harpy eagle vs Philippines eagle

3.Fights (all animals are average sized,determined,with no ambush.
1.gaboon viper vs king cobra kite vs thick billed raven
3.thick billed raven vs hyacinth macaw
4.aseel rooster vs indian peacock
5.capybara vs giant anteater
6.ocelot vs bobcat
7.indian wolf vs black buck
8.american black bear vs jaguar vs asiatic lioness vs black caiman vs anaconda(locked in cage,with 1 ft deep clear water and no ambush)
11.saltwater crocodile vs african lion(same as in Q10.)
12.Great white shark vs musk ox (locked in cage,3 ft clear water)
13.wolverine vs spotted deer
14.lappet faced vulture vs red fox
15.african rock python vs cassowary(no water nearby)
16.cassowary vs capybara
4.At last,can you put these cats in order quickest to slowest in terms of swiping a paw.(Please don't put them in same ranking).
snow leopard
clouded leopard
jungle cat
black footed cat
domestic cat


Hello Mukul.

1. Bobcat vs caracal (at parity): Caracals and bobcats have similar builds (although the winter coats of bobcats may give them the appearance of being more robust), and the caracal actually may have a slightly more muscular body.  The agility of these 2 cats is close (the caracal has great leaping ability, though), and they both are capable of taking large prey items.  The caracal is probably more practiced in dealing with other similar-sized predators (jackals, ratels, etc), and its bite is probably more formidable.  The bobcat, however, is known for being extremely aggressive.  Any cat will get aggressive from time-to-time when the situation calls for it, but the bobcat's level is probably greater than any other similar-sized cat.  The saying "it's not about the size of the dog in a the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog" applies here.  In a realistic conflict, the bobcat will probably edge out the caracal based on its ferocity, but a determined caracal would be favored.  Aggressiveness makes attackers re-think things.  A coyote is certainly capable of conquering an American badger, but the badger's aggressiveness allows it to fend off the coyote on most occasions.  A relative of mine owned medium-sized hunting dogs he kept on his property.  2 of these dogs were kept in a pen at the edge of the woods.  Somehow a bobcat fell into their enclosure (perhaps from an overhanging tree branch breaking) and was attacked by these 2 dogs.  The dogs managed to kill the bobcat, but were seriously wounded by the claws & teeth of the feline.  For this cat to be able to dish out these injuries to these dogs despite the size and numbers disadvantage speaks volumes in regards to its ferocity.  A caracal may be a slightly more impressive physical specimen, but aggressiveness can close the gap.  For a caracal to win it will need to be willing to fight to the end.

2. Fights (at parity and determined to fight with no ambush)

cougar vs clouded leopard: The clouded leopard has a more formidable bite at equal weights, but the cougar is a little more impressive physically.  The positioning/paw swipes would favor the cougar, and it would edge out the clouded leopard more times than not.  Edge to cougar.

wolverine vs clouded leopard: The wolverine is robust, very strong for its size, has a crushing bite, and has good endurance.  The clouded leopard has the edge in quickness & agility and has long upper canines.  Close fight; edge to wolverine.

wolverine vs snow leopard: The wolverine will be more resistant to injury (and have better endurance), but the snow leopard will have slight advantages in speed & agility.  In a realistic encounter of equal-sized animals the wolverine would probably drive the snow leopard away, but a fight to the finish could go either way.  Close to 50/50; edge to wolverine.

stoat vs wolverine: A stoat can overcome prey items much larger than itself (with a quick pounce & a bite to the back of the neck), but none of these prey items can fight back like a wolverine can.  The stoat will be quicker, but won't be as stocky.  Edge to wolverine.

stoat vs jaguar: A stoat will be much quicker than the jaguar at parity, but won't have the same level of weaponry.  The larger jaws & sharp claws of the jaguar will give it the edge.  Jaguar wins.

wolverine vs jaguar: Both mammals are very strong, and are among the best combatants (pound-for-pound).  Wolverines have strong bites (can crunch through frozen meat & bone), and have sharp claws (perfect for digging).  Wolverines are durable animals with good stamina.  Jaguars have jaws strong enough to puncture skulls (a typical killing method), caiman hide, & turtle shells.  These powerful cats have stocky builds & are experienced at tackling low-to-the-ground adversaries.  The jaguar will have greater agility & quickness than the wolverine, but the wolverine will have an edge in toughness & endurance.  Close fight; edge to jaguar.

mandrill vs chacma baboon: Both of these monkeys have similar weaponry (long upper canines), but the mandrill has a stouter build.  slight edge to mandrill.

african wild dog vs dingo: An African wild will have a stronger bite than a dingo at parity, and it's more practiced at conflicts with various animals (namely hyenas).  Edge to African wild dog.

black rhino vs cougar: At equal sizes, a cougar will be much quicker & mobile than a black rhino.  The rhino will be tough to kill due to its robust build & tough hide, but the cougar is well-practiced at dispatching animals much larger than itself.  The rhino's horn can end the fight with a good strike, but the cougar should prevail more times than not.  Edge to cougar.

tasmanian devil vs black rhino: A Tasmanian devil scaled up to the size of a black rhinoceros will have advantages in speed & mobility, and its big bite (among the strongest for its size among mammals) will be able to breach the rhino's tough hide.  A good horn strike from the rhino can end the fight, but the marsupial should be quick enough to avoid this.  Edge to Tasmanian devil.

bighorn sheep vs plains zebra: The bighorn sheep can headbutt with a lot of force (and has heavy horns), but it isn't as aggressive & battle-tested as the zebra.  Zebras can deliver powerful kicks, and won't hesitate to bite.  Edge to zebra.

house mouse vs snowshoe rabbit: A snowshoe rabbit can kick strongly with its hind legs if it's in the right position, but will be much slower than a house mouse of equal weight.  The mouse will need to deliver multiple bites, but should be quick enough to do so.  Hard to say with typically non-aggressive animals, but the mouse has the edge.

golden eagle vs harpy eagle: A golden eagle normally weighs about 70% of a harpy eagle's weight, so a scaled-up one would probably have greater speed & mobility.  Golden eagles can be combative & aggressive (especially at carcasses).  The talon strength of each bird at equal weights would be a factor as well, but they're probably comparable.  Golden eagle probably has the edge, but close to 50/50.

golden eagle vs philippines eagle: Same as with the golden eagle vs harpy eagle, the golden eagle will probably have greater speed and mobility at equal weights than the Philippine eagle.  Not sure about talon strength at equal weights, but it's probably comparable.  Again, close to 50/50, slight edge to golden eagle.

harpy eagle vs philippines eagle: These birds have similar weaponry & physical attributes (wingspans are close), and both take large prey.  Close to 50/50.

3. Fights (all animals are average sized, determined, with no ambush)

gaboon viper vs king cobra: King cobras are well-practiced killers of other snakes, but the gaboon viper is a much faster striker (and has longer fangs).  These 2 snakes inject the most venom per bite (potentially) of any snake, but I'm not sure how each snake will be affected by the other's bite.  I don't think any of the king cobra's typical reptilian prey items have the same physical assets enjoyed by the Gaboon viper, but its experience can't be discounted.  Probably close to 50/50.

black kite vs thick-billed raven: The thick-billed raven can weigh around 50% more than the black kite, but it's not as formidable.  The black kite is a bird of prey, and no raven can stand up to a similar-sized bird of prey.  Black kite wins.

thick-billed raven vs hyacinth macaw: The hyacinth macaw is slightly heavier than the thick-billed raven, and its powerful beak can probably deliver a much stronger bite.  Hyacinth macaw wins.

aseel rooster vs indian peacock: The largest varieties of the Aseel gamefowl can exceed the weight of an Indian 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.

capybara vs giant anteater: The capybara can weigh close to 50% more than the giant anteater.  Capybaras can bite, but anteaters have sharp claws that can be used to defend itself against jaguars & cougars.  Edge to giant anteater.

ocelot vs bobcat: These cats will be about the same weight, and have similar attributes (jaws, claws, agility, quickness, etc.).  Both can take large prey as well.  Close to 50/50.

indian wolf vs black buck: The Indian wolf will weigh about 60% of the black buck's weight.  The wolf will have enough predatory know-how & lateral quickness to avoid the buck's horns and subdue it with its jaws.  Indian wolf wins.

american black bear vs jaguar: The American 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.

jaguar vs asiatic lioness: The jaguar will weigh about 1/3rd more than the Asiatic lioness.  Both animals have similar attributes (claws, jaws, agility, killing know-how), but the size advantage enjoyed by the jaguar will make a difference.  Jaguar wins.

jaguar vs black caiman vs anaconda (locked in cage, with 1ft deep clear water and no ambush): The caiman will weigh 2.5 times as much as the jaguar, and over twice as much as the anaconda.  Jaguars are specialists at killing reptiles, but will have trouble with the larger black caiman.  The jaguar can kill the caiman if it can get on its back and deliver a skull bite, but will need to be wary of the reptile's huge bite.  The jaguar will weigh a bit less than the anaconda, but should have enough quickness to deliver a neck or spine bite before the snake can coil it.  The caiman will be too large for the anaconda to defeat.  Black caiman vs jaguar is close to 50/50; jaguar vs anaconda is decently close, but jaguar has the edge; black caiman vs anaconda is a win for the caiman.

saltwater crocodile vs african lion (locked in cage, with 1ft deep clear water and no ambush): A saltwater crocodile can weigh 4 times as much as an African lion.  The crocodile won't have the greatest mobility in 1ft of water, but it will be better off than being on dry land.  The lion will need time to breach the armored hide of the crocodile, and the reptile will have enough mobility to be a serious threat with its bite.  A lion would have a chance against a smaller crocodilian, but will be outmatched against a big saltie.  Saltwater crocodile wins.

great white shark vs muskox (locked in cage, 3ft clear water): A great white shark can weigh 5 1/2 times as much as a muskox.  A muskox won't have much mobility in water covering most of its body, but the shark won't be able to move much at all (will almost be stranded).  The muskox won't be able to deliver a meaningful headbutt or do much damage with its horns, and the shark will only have a chance if the muskox comes close to its mouth.  Neither animal will be able to operate effectively, and a stalemate will likely occur.

wolverine vs spotted deer: The spotted deer can weigh over 3 1/2 times as much as the wolverine.  The spotted deer would have a chance to repel a wolverine in a realistic encounter with its antlers, but might be in trouble against a determined one.  Wolverines have overpowered caribou (even though this probably occurs in deep snow), and a caribou is a much larger cervid than a spotted deer.  Edge to wolverine.

lappet-faced vulture vs red fox: The red fox will weigh about 1/3rd more than the vulture.  Lappet-faced vultures are bold & aggressive, and are a formidable presence at a carcass (other vultures wait for them to arrive at a fresh carcass because the lappet-faced vultures are much better at ripping through the hide).  A red fox would likely be intimidated into a retreat in a realistic confrontation, but could use its greater lateral movement & decent bite to prevail in a serious fight.  Edge to red fox.

african rock python vs cassowary (no water nearby): The African rock python can weigh a bit more than the cassowary.  The cassowary has dangerous kicks that can injure the python, but the bird will be in trouble if the snake latches onto it with its jaws (because it can pull its coils around its body).  Pythons don't have good endurance or mobility on land, and aren't great combatants against similar-sized mobile opponents.  If the rock python attacks the cassowary aggressively from the start, it can overpower it.  However, it will likely tire before it can catch the bird.  Cassowary has edge at parity, but a larger African rock python will have a slight advantage.

cassowary vs capybara: These animals will be close in weight.  Cassowaries can deliver dangerous kicks (the longer claw on each foot can reach 5" in length), and the capybara will have no way to effectively defend against this.  Capybaras can bite, but one won't be able to get close enough to do so without eating a kick from the bird.  Cassowary wins.

4. Quickest to slowest in terms of swiping a paw (approximate)
* all of these are close; usually a smaller cat will be quicker *

1. black-footed cat
2. margay
3. domestic cat (probably depends on breed a little)
4. serval
5. jungle cat
6. ocelot
7. caracal
8. clouded leopard
9. puma
10. snow leopard
11. leopard
12. tiger
13. lion
14. jaguar
15. cheetah

* I couldn't provide a lot of detail on some answers due to the length of the question, but if you need more detail on a particular matchup, just follow-up and I'll see what I can do! *

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