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Interspecies Conflict/Some more fights for you BK


Hi BK, how are you? :-D

Some fights.

1: 100lb. cheetah vs. 70lb. game-bred pit
2: 200lb. (prime, not fat) cheetah vs. 70lb. GBAPBT
3: Panda vs. chimp at exact parity
4: Fisher vs. fishing cat at parity
5: 3 75-pound musth elephants vs. 250-lb. wild boar
6: Chimp vs. cougar at exact parity, face to face without element of surprise
7: Giant sloth vs. orangutan at exact parity
8: Wolf with head of a mandrill vs. cougar at parity


Hello Martin.

Doing OK here; hope everything is good with you.

1: 100lb cheetah vs 70lb game-bred pit: Cheetahs aren't built to fight (slender bodies, non-retractable claws, small heads, etc.), but are specialized hunters with explosive acceleration.  Their lungs are huge, and these organs take up a lot of room that would otherwise be occupied with muscle.  The cheetah's small head gives a lot of its room to large nasal passages that allow for a great amount of oxygen to pass through while it's running, as opposed to muscles that might otherwise produce a greater bite force.  A game-bred American pit bull terrier is a unique opponent, as it relentlessly attacks without regard to its own well-being.  The APBT is a muscular, athletic dog that typically attacks by charging in & grabbing onto an anterior portion of its adversary with its jaws (usually the face or neck) and holding on tight, but can deliver multiple bites in a confrontation.  Most animals don't have the means to deal with this type of attack successfully, and the cheetah here will be no exception.  The superior endurance of the APBT will come into play as well, and it will likely overwhelm the cheetah in a short amount of time.  Even a typical 150lb cheetah will be in trouble against a 70lb APBT.  Game-bred pit wins.

2: 200lb (prime, not fat) cheetah vs 70lb game-bred APBT: This cheetah will have a much better chance than the last one!  This battle will be a contrast of styles; the APBT relishes conflict while the cheetah avoids it (cheetahs can't afford an injury that would impede their hunting, and will often back down from animal they could actually defeat in a serious battle because of this).  The cheetah can win with the right positioning; it will need to use its size to manipulate the APBT and deliver a suffocating throat bite (which is easier to do against an animal that is fleeing).  The cheetah will have trouble with the pit bull's straight-forward method of attack, and the cat's comparatively poor endurance will be a key factor.  In order to win, it will need to apply its throat bite early on, and it might not get a chance to do so every time.  The fact that one is a practiced fighter and one is not can't be ignored, despite the size disparity.  Close fight, slight edge to game-bred pit bull.

3: panda vs chimp (at exact parity): A panda is usually a timid, peaceful creature, but can be dangerous if provoked.  Its robust build in tandem with its weaponry (strong jaws/sharp claws) makes for a formidable adversary.  Chimpanzees can be aggressive, but rarely take on another animal species without help from their troop.  Chimps have grabbing hands, decent mobility, & decent bites, but these things will be trumped by the panda's assets.  The panda can cause more damage to the chimpanzee in a serious battle (especially with its claws), and the bear has greater durability.  Panda wins.

4: fisher vs fishing cat (at parity): The fisher doesn't usually feed on fish, but typically hunts porcupines, hares, squirrels, & mice (and kills with a bite to the back of the neck).  It has a strong bite, good endurance, and good climbing & swimming ability.  Fishing cats feed primarily on fish, but will also prey upon birds, rodents, & reptiles (smaller prey items overall than the prey items of the much lighter fisher).  Fishing cats have sharp teeth & claws, but are built for short, explosive actions rather than endurance (like all felids).  Fishers are tough fighters (like all mustelids), and occasionally battle similar-sized animals.  Close fight, but edge to the fisher.   

5: 3 75-pound musth elephants vs 250lb wild boar: The elephants here will be slightly more than 2ft tall at the shoulder, and the boar will be close to 3ft tall at the shoulder.  Assuming these elephants are scaled-down versions, their mobility will be poor in comparison to the wild boar, and their weaponry (tusks) won't be very effective against the suid's tough hide.  The tusks of the wild boar will cause serious wounds to the elephants, and the frenzied state of the pachyderms won't be an asset in this battle.  Wild boars are accustomed to dealing with animals in their size range, and elephants are not (except other elephants).  Wild boar wins.

6: chimp vs cougar (at exact parity; face-to-face without element of surprise): Cougars are powerful, athletic felids that are battle-tested (often deal with wolves, bears, etc.) and well-armed (sharp teeth & claws).  These cats can overpower cervids (like elk) weighing several times more than they do, and kill with a bite to the throat, neck, or snout.  Chimpanzees rarely battle another animal solo, and don't have the weaponry to compete with a cougar.  A chimpanzee might intimidate a passive cougar into a retreat on occasion (assuming the 2 occupied the same habitat), but would be in trouble against one determined to make a kill.  With few exceptions, cats trump apes at parity.  Cougar wins.

7: giant sloth vs orangutan (at exact parity): I'm assuming you mean the prehistoric ground sloth Megatherium (or similar terrestrial giant sloth), but I don't want to rule out the possibility of you meaning a modern-day sloth (the one that hangs out in trees & moves slowly) that is scaled to equal the size of an orangutan.  Megatherium was huge (4 1/2 tons or more; reached approximately 20ft standing), and likely had no challengers in its time when full-grown.  It had tough hide under its fur (made of small pieces of bone that acted like chain mail armor) and huge, clawed forelimbs that could deliver dangerous swipes.  Megatherium didn't have great mobility, but could take up a tough defensive stance if needed.  The modern-day sloth is a slow-moving mammal that spends most of its life in trees.  It has large claws to swipe with in defense, but isn't a practiced fighter.  Orangutans have extremely long arms with grabbing hands, and are among the strongest of all apes (pound-for-pound).  These primates aren't practiced combatants, but their great strength & ability to bite keeps them from being complete pushovers.  Against Megatherium, the orangutan would have a significant mobility advantage, but would have difficulty injuring it due to the giant sloth's tough hide & the ape's lack of decent damage-inducing weaponry.  The orangutan would eventually get slashed by the claws of Megatherium, and that would spell trouble for it.  The modern-day sloth will be too slow (and too weak) to mount any real offense against the orangutan, and would not have any defense other than its claws to repel the more mobile ape.  Megatherium has the edge over the orangutan; oranguatan has the edge over the modern-day sloth.

8: wolf with head of a mandrill vs cougar (at parity): Mandrills have long upper canines (close to 2" in length) that can cause serious injuries to an attacker.  These monkeys don't possess the bite force of a wolf because it isn't needed (mandrills don't bite & hang on to large prey items like wolves do).  The head of a wolf is better on a wolf's body because it completes the organism as it was made to function (same with the mandrill's head being better on a mandrill's body).  However, a wolf's body with a mandrill's head will still make a dangerous animal in a conflict.  Cougars have the assets of most felids (strong jaws, sharp claws, athleticism, explosive movements, agility, killing experience, etc.), and are formidable adversaries for anything in their weight range.  The cougar will use its forelimbs to control the body of the wolf, and quickly gain a position to sink in a neck bite.  A mandrill can deliver a quick bite by using its mobility (which includes decent leaping ability as well as lateral movement) and hand usage, but the wolf/mandrill creature here won't have the same abilities to enable it to deliver multiple bites like a complete mandrill will.  A wolf's body is better having a head with a set of jaws made for holding & tearing, and a mandrill's body is better having a set of jaws that can deliver quick, damage-inducing bites.  The wolf/mandrill creature won't be able to deliver more than a bite or 2 before the cougar gains control of the positioning.  Cougar wins.

Best regards.

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