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Hello Jim Wilson,

I have some questions for you.

Male Ouessant Ram 20KG VS Male German Shepherd 30KG.

Male Anteater 35KG VS Male Human 80KG (Trained en Strong).

Male Striped Hyena 40KG VS Male Strongest dog type and same weight.

Male Striped Hyena 40KG VS Male Grey Wolf 50KG.

Male Striped Hyena 40KG VS Male Human 80KG (Trained en Strong).

Male Spotted Hyena 40KG VS Male Human 80KG (Trained en Strong).

Female Spotted Hyena 90KG VS Male Leopard 70KG.

Female Spotted Hyena 90KG VS Female Lionnes 100KG.

Male Giant Otter 30KG VS Male Jaguar 70KG (In water).

Male Giant Otter 30KG VS Male Human 80KG (Trained en Strong).

Male Polar Bear 600KG VS Female Leopard Seal 500KG (In water).

Male Polar Bear 800KG VS 2 Male Lions (Each 200KG) and 2 Female Lioness (Each 140KG).

Male Grizzly Bear 500KG VS 2 Male Lions of 200KG.

Male Kodiak Bear 850KG VS 5 Female Lioness each 140KG.

I appreciate very much that you take the time and effort to answer my questions.
Thank you.

greet
Henk

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Hey Henk,

Male Ouessant Ram 20KG VS Male German Shepherd 30KG - I won't lie, I don't know much about Ouessant Sheep. Just looking at it physically, I wouldn't think the dog would have too much to worry about. Dangerous horns of course, but the dog is very agile and if it can get past them without taking too much damage, it should be able to kill the ram with relative ease.

Male Anteater 35KG VS Male Human 80KG (Trained en Strong) - Giant anteaters have just the one weapon in their claws. They're a very good weapon, but an athletic and combat-experienced human should be able to avoid them. Strange fight to visualise, but if played smart the human is the more versatile animal.

Male Striped Hyena 40KG VS Male Strongest dog type and same weight - There a plenty of dog breeds who could beat a striped hyena at parity. Look towards the the bull and mastiff breeds. I'm not saying victory is assured, but plenty of dogs would give a striped hyena a hell of a fight.

Male Striped Hyena 40KG VS Male Grey Wolf 50KG - Wolf for me. Similar morphologies, but the wolf is obviously larger and has the more potent bite.

Male Striped Hyena 40KG VS Male Human 80KG (Trained en Strong) - Don't particular like the humans chances here. We do tend to match up well against dogs, due to our hands, but this is tough. The hyena can take a lot of damage from animals with far better weaponry than humans. Plus humans really aren't suited to taking any damage from teeth and claws. It's possible, but I'm with the hyena.

Male Spotted Hyena 40KG VS Male Human 80KG (Trained en Strong) - As above. A small Spotted Hyena, but even more durable than the striped.

Female Spotted Hyena 90KG VS Male Leopard 70KG - Always hard to do ones like this. I mean, it's a monster hyena. It really should win with a 20kg advantage.

Female Spotted Hyena 90KG VS Female Lionnes 100KG - A hugely impressive hyena yes, but not enough to beat a lion at parity, let alone giving up weight.

Male Giant Otter 30KG VS Male Jaguar 70KG (In water) - Jaguar easily.

Male Giant Otter 30KG VS Male Human 80KG (Trained en Strong) - Well I would probably go with the otter here. A very slick animal, with good strength, grappling, claws and a nasty bite. Very tough ask for a human to fight with, let alone beat.

Male Polar Bear 600KG VS Female Leopard Seal 500KG (In water) - I'm confident the seal wins this. It wouldn't be impressive, I'm also sure of that. It would be a long drawn out affair where the bear is simply not able to do anything offensively with the seal being far too quick. Multiple bites from the seal over a long period will leave the bear struggling to stay afloat.

Male Polar Bear 800KG VS 2 Male Lions (Each 200KG) and 2 Female Lioness (Each 140KG) - Overkill I think. A huge bear I know, but 3 or possibly (small chance IMO) 2 lions could win. Four lions is a huge effort for an elephant!

Male Grizzly Bear 500KG VS 2 Male Lions of 200KG - Won't rule out the bear winning, and one or both of the lions would be very seriously hurt, but the lions should win. 2 vs 1 predators is always hard.

Male Kodiak Bear 850KG VS 5 Female Lioness each 140KG - Again, very hard to say. It can't be ignored that lionesses are very experienced group hunters. I'm not saying they play this like a hunt, but they know how to work together to bring down impressive animals. Not as impressive as an 850kg Kodiak of course, but it's worth noting. I'm not really sure here. 5 lions is very tough, but a bear like this could kill one very easily and gradually reduce its opposition. I think I'll have to sit on the fence.

No worries Henk, hope that helps.  

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I can answer most questions relating to real or hypothetical situations. I have a better understanding of animal behavior and specifically predatory behavior and interspecies predatory relationships. Mammals is my field of expertise but I can do my best in answering questions regarding other animals. Small mammals are my favourite matchups. One or two prehistoric match-ups is OK, but please do not focus on them as they are outside my expertise.

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Even before completing my degree I considered myself an expert in mammal behavior. Doing my degree only furthered my interest and knowledge in the subject. After uni I got the opportunity to spend 6 months in South Africa and Kenya where I spent nearly every day basically observing and studying the animals of the savanna.

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BSc Degree in Zoology from the Melbourne University, Australia.

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