Interspecies Conflict/More on the spot.


Hi as a followup from my last question I'd like to mix um up a little more. Some extra questions might not be vs. battles but have to do with animals nonetheless.

1. Ostrich vs. Harpy Eagle
2. Crane vs. Stork
3. Asiatic Black Bear vs. Silverback Gorilla
4. Sun Bear vs. Giant Anteater
5. Tiger Shark vs. Hippo
6. Bottlenose Dolphin vs. Hammerhead Shark
7. Cicada Killer vs. Robber Fly
8. Giant Huntsman Spider vs. Whistling Tarantula
9. Giant Jaguar vs. American Lioness
10. Spanish Bull vs. Yak
11. Mosasaur vs. Orca Whale
12. False Orca Whale vs. Dunkleosteus
13. King Crab vs. Giant Lobster
14. Crawfish vs. Mantis Shrimp
15. Striped Hyena vs. Cheetah
16. Giant Octopus vs. Giant Squid
17. Waterbuck vs. Warthog
18. Wild Boar vs. Musk Ox
19. Barracuda vs. 10 Piranhas
20. Entelodont vs. Bull Gaur

Other Matchups

1. Wild Boar vs. Spanish Bull
2. Wild Boar vs. Bull Eland
3. Wild Boar vs. Moose
4. Giant Forest Hog vs. Bison
5. Wolverine vs. Striped Hyena
6. Wolverine vs. African Wild Dog
7. Wolverine vs. Cheetah
8. Wolverine vs. Giant Cheetah
9. Gigantopethicus vs. Utahraptor
10. 12 Gigantopethicus Males vs. 1 Megatherium

Bonus Questions

1. What would you say is worse between the after effects of an Irukandji Jellyfish sting or being bitten by a Malaria Mosquito?

2. Whats more painful between a Bullet Ant sting and a Box Jellyfish sting?

3. If Megalodon Existed Today could it prey on Orcas?

4. Can a lone Sperm Whale prey on a lone Orca?

5. If T Rex existed today could it prey on Rhino's, Hippo's and Elephants?

Hope to hear from you tomorrow.

Hello Max.

1. Ostrich vs. Harpy Eagle: An ostrich can weigh over 15 times as much as a harpy eagle, but the size difference won't be the most important factor here.  In the same way the Haast's eagle predated upon the giant moa, killing an ostrich is well within the capabilities of the harpy eagle.  The harpy eagle's powerful talons can break a man's wrist with their grip, and an ostrich won't be able to prevent the eagle from attacking it from the air.  A harpy eagle won't have a chance on the ground (will be in range of the ostrich's dangerous kicks), but will likely prevail if it chooses to engage in an aerial assault (and it probably won't choose to do so).  Edge to harpy eagle.

2. Crane vs. Stork: Depends on the type of crane & the type of stork.  The massive marabou stork has a huge wingspan (close to 10ft), a powerful body, and a long sharp bill.  I would probably favor this stork against any type of crane.

3. Asiatic Black Bear vs. Silverback Gorilla: The silverback gorilla will weigh slightly more than the Asiatic black bear.  The Asiatic black bear spends about half of its life in trees, and usually eats fruit, nuts, & vegetation.  It isn't as formidable (pound-for-pound) as a brown bear, but has the typical ursid attributes (durability, endurance, strength, controlling forelimbs, jaws & claws) that make it a capable combatant.  Gorillas are very strong animals with powerful arms, grabbing hands, & dangerous bites.  However, they are normally peaceful, and aren't used to engaging animals of other species in face-to-face conflict.  This isn't to say these primates aren't capable fighters, but their lack of experience will be a detriment.  An Asiatic black bear will have too many advantages over the gorilla to lose this battle.  Asiatic black bear wins.

4. Sun Bear vs. Giant Anteater: A giant anteater can weigh almost as much as a sun bear, but usually weighs a bit less.  Both have sharp claws that can be used to slash at adversaries.  The bear, however, has a bite it can use offensively and can take damage better due to its thick, loose skin.  The bear's paws can be used to grab & hold while it bites.  The giant anteater is known for valiantly defending itself against jaguars & pumas on occasion, but will lose this battle more times than not.  Sun bear wins.

5. Tiger Shark vs. Hippo: The hippo will weigh over 4 times as much as the tiger shark.  A hippo isn't skilled at swimming, and will not have a good chance if it can't touch the bottom.  In shallower water the tiger shark won't have good vertical mobility, and will not have as many opportunities to land a bite before it gets bitten itself.  It's hard to find a water depth fair to both animals.  In shallow water the hippo wins; in deeper water the tiger shark wins.

6. Bottlenose Dolphin vs. Hammerhead Shark: These 2 can be close in weight. Dolphins are more agile in the water, and would be able to avoid the shark's bite on most occasions while delivering headbutts to the body of the shark.  The shark can cause a lot of damage with one bite (and this may happen some of the time considering the quick turns of the shark), but the numerous headbutts the dolphin will employ can stun the fish (especially a strike on the nose or in the gills).  Close fight, but the dolphin should be OK as long as it stays alert.  Edge to bottlenose dolphin.

7. Cicada Killer vs. Robber Fly: The cicada killer is a stocky wasp that paralyzes its prey with a sting.  The robber fly injects its toxic saliva into its victims to immobilize them. The robber fly is probably a more maneuverable flier, however, and will like have the edge here.  Edge to robber fly.

8. Giant Huntsman Spider vs. Whistling Tarantula: The tarantula is much larger, but the giant huntsman spider is probably quicker.  With the greater size & bigger bite, I'd probably go with the whistling tarantula.

9. Giant Jaguar vs. American Lioness: The American lioness will weigh about 20% more than the giant jaguar.  Both cat have typical felid attributes (speed, agility, jaws & claws, killing know-how), but the jaguar's jaws are more powerful.  However, the larger lioness will control the positioning with her greater size, and should be favored over the smaller cat.  Edge to American lioness.

10. Spanish Bull vs. Yak: The yak will weigh over 40% more than the Spanish bull.  Yaks have long horns curving up from each side of their heads, but they are typically docile.  A Spanish fighting bull is muscular & powerful, and has forward-pointing horns (ideal for combat).  It can make thrusts & turns with a great deal of force, and its aggression level is much higher than the yak's.  A determined yak has the size to repel a Spanish bull, but doesn't have the mentality.  The bull will force a retreat from the yak.  Spanish bull wins.

11. Mosasaur vs. Orca Whale: The largest mosasaur weighed over 50% more than an orca.  Mosasaurs had 4 flippers, a rudder like-tail, and great maneuverability through the water.  They also had large jaws with sharp teeth.  Orcas have cone-shaped teeth (4" in length) in its jaws, and are also mobile in water.  The larger mosasaur will have better means to deliver serious bites, and should prevail in this matchup.  Mosasaur wins.

12. False Orca Whale vs. Dunkleosteus: Dunkleosteus weighs over 2 1/2 times as much as the false killer whale.  The false killer whale is a predator of large fish, squid, & occasionally dolphins.  It has cone-shaped teeth in its jaws.  Dunkleosteus, or giant armored fish, was 9 meters in length and weighed about 4 tons.  The anterior half of its body was covered in armored plates, and these plates actually helped to form its deadly jaws.  The bite force of Dunkleosteus was massive, and its jaws would likely slam shut regardless of what was inside of them.  The false killer whale may have better maneuverability, but won't have the means to dispatch the giant armored fish before it receives a deadly bite.  Dunkleosteus wins.

13. King Crab vs. Giant Lobster: Both of these crustaceans have tough exoskeletons, but the lobster has much larger claws.  I'd probably go with the giant lobster.

14. Crawfish vs. Mantis Shrimp: Both of these creatures have tough exoskeletons, but the mantis shrimp seems to have more formidable weaponry (large claw to smash/appendages made to impale) than the crawfish (claws).  I'd probably go with the mantis shrimp.

15. Striped Hyena vs. Cheetah: The cheetah will weigh approximately 50% more than the striped hyena.  Cheetahs are great hunters, but usually shy away from conflict (aren't built to fight & can't afford injury).  Striped hyenas are aggressive carnivores with strong bites.  A cheetah won't be overwhelmed here, but won't prevail in a fight with this tough hyena.  Striped hyena wins.

16. Giant Octopus vs. Giant Squid: The giant squid will weigh a lot more than the giant octopus.  The largest octopus has tentacles over 6ft in length, a supple body, and a sharp beak.  Giant squid aren't as robustly built, but have long tentacles (including 2 very long ones) and a sharp beak as well.  The squid has a rigid mantle, but an octopus has a soft head area (can fit through any opening its beak can fit through).  Octopus wins at parity, but it's giving up too much weight here.  Giant squid wins.

17. Waterbuck vs. Warthog: The waterbuck will weigh twice as much as the warthog.  The waterbuck has a good weight advantage here, but their horns are not positioned for combat as well as the tusks of the warthog.  The buck can drive the warthog away, but in an actual fight the suid will have a better chance of seriously injuring the waterbuck more so than the other way around.  Edge to the warthog.

18. Wild Boar vs. Musk Ox: The muskox will weigh twice as much as the wild boar.  Muskoxen have stocky bodies, shaggy hides, & curved horns.  They fight by charging & ramming with their heads, but will also hook with their horns.  Wild boar have tough hides, sharp tusks, & good lateral movement.  A wild boar may successfully injure a muskox in a scuffle, but won't win a prolonged battle with the much heavier bovid.  The muskox will be too powerful, and its offense will be enough to repel the wild boar.  Muskox wins.

19. Barracuda vs. 10 Piranhas: A large barracuda can weigh as much as all 10 piranhas combined, but it will be in trouble.  Barracudas can move quickly to deliver a vicious bite, but a single one won't be able to parry the attacks from 10 piranhas at the same time.  The bites from the smaller fishes will eventually dispatch the barracuda.  10 piranhas win.  

20. Entelodont vs. Bull Gaur: This will be a close fight.  The largest entelodont, Daeodon, exceeded a ton in weight.  The gaur can get somewhat heavier, but the bite & tusks of the entelodont might actually be better weaponry than that of the gaur.  The gaur is very muscular & powerful, and has large, curved horns.  I favor the entelodont at parity, but a gaur with any weight advantage over 20-30% will probably have the edge.  Edge to gaur.

1. Wild Boar vs. Spanish Bull: The Spanish bull will weigh about 3 1/2 times as much as the wild boar.  Spanish fighting bulls have muscular bodies, forward-pointing horns, and high levels of aggression.  Wild boars are dangerous opponents (sharp tusks), but one won't be able to deal with the powerful, violent movements of the much larger bull.  Spanish bull wins.

2. Wild Boar vs. Bull Eland: The eland will weigh approximately 4 1/2 times as much as the wild boar.  Wild boars have tough hides, sharp tusks, good lateral quickness, & high levels of aggression.  Elands are very athletic antelopes with sharp horns.  Even though their horns aren't positioned to do damage as well as the boar's tusks, it is simply too large to lose this battle.  Bull eland wins.

3. Wild Boar vs. Moose: : The wild boar will be less than 30% of the moose's weight.  The boar can move quickly, but it will have a small window of opportunity to slash at the flanks of the moose before the large antlers swing around.  An impact of the moose's antlers to the boar's body can have dire results, and the boar is low enough to the ground for the moose's hooves to come into play.  Wild boars can hold their own against other herbivores in their weight range, but a moose is simply too large.  Moose wins.

4. Giant Forest Hog vs. Bison: The bison will weigh over 3 1/2 times as much as the giant forest hog.  The forest hog has a tough hide & sharp tusks, but will be too small to deal with the power of a charging bison.  A bison has a muscular head & shoulder area, and can smash into adversaries with a lot of force.  Bison wins.

5. Wolverine vs. Striped Hyena: The striped hyena will weigh close to double the wolverine's weight.  Wolverines are one of the strongest mammals (pound-for-pound), and are known for their ferocity & combativeness.  They have thick fur, sharp claws, and a bite strong enough to crunch through frozen meat & bone.  Striped hyenas are feisty & combative as well (sometimes driving larger wolves away), and have a bone-crushing bite of their own.  The bite of the striped hyena is stronger than the wolverine's bite, but this is its only offensive weapon.  The wolverine will have a more diversified attack & greater maneuverability, and will be able to attack from a variety of positions.  Both animals are accustomed to conflict with other dangerous predators.  The wolverine wins at close weights, but isn't be favored against a striped hyena twice its own weight.  Striped hyena wins.

6. Wolverine vs. African Wild Dog: The African hunting dog will have more than a 70% weight advantage over the wolverine.  The wolverine is a very strong animal pound-for-pound, and can be bold & aggressive.  The mustelid has thick fur, sharp claws, & a bone-crushing bite.  The African wild dog is nimble, and has a strong bite force of its own, but it typically takes on other animals in a group.  In a realistic situation the wolverine will likely succeed in driving the wild dog away, but a persistent one can make a good fight of it.  The wolverine has a more robust & supple body than the canid, and it has a greater variety of weapons at its disposal.  Close to 50/50; slight edge to the wolverine.

7. Wolverine vs. Cheetah: The cheetah will weigh over 3 times as much as the wolverine. Cheetahs are built for speed (slender builds; non-retractable claws to act as cleats to grip the ground for acceleration), and aren't as adept at fighting as other types of cats (like leopards & jaguars).  Cheetahs are solo hunters, and can't afford to sustain injury in a conflict (an injury may impede hunting & lead to starvation).  Wolverines are aggressive, durable mustelids with strong jaws (capable of crunching through frozen meat & bone) and sharp claws (suitable for strong digging & raking).  Cheetahs can bring down larger animals that flee from them by knocking them to the ground & finishing them with a throat bite, but a wolverine has the weaponry, flexibility, & strength (among the strongest mammals pound-for-pound) to fight back better than any typical prey item on a cheetah's menu.  Wolverines rarely back down from a fight (even against a more formidable opponent), and cheetahs usually back down from fights (even against less formidable opponents).  In a realistic encounter the wolverine will drive the cheetah away, and in a down & dirty battle the cheetah will probably have the size & strength to dominate initially, but will likely tire before it actually makes a kill.  Depends on how you look at it; close to 50/50.

8. Wolverine vs. Giant Cheetah: The giant cheetah will weigh close to 6 times as much as the wolverine.  The wolverine might be able to drive the giant cheetah away in a realistic encounter, but will be too small to consistently defeat it in a serious battle.  Giant cheetah wins.

9. Gigantopethicus vs. Utahraptor: Gigantopithecus weighs slightly more than Utahraptor. Gigantopithecus shared attributes with modern-ape orangutans & gorillas (hairy bodies, strength, long arms, etc.).  Apes usually grab & bite in conflicts that get serious, but typically use displays of intimidation (sometimes as a group) as opposed to physical means.  Utahraptors were active predators with impressive weaponry (decent bites, clawed forelimbs, kicking/slashing hindlimbs), good lateral quickness, & good leaping ability.  The Gigantopithecus won't have the know-how to defend all of the Utahraptor's attacks, but will be able to use its arms to control some of the aspects of the battle.  Without being skilled at combat, the giant ape will eventually succumb to the wounds it will receive.  Utahraptor wins.

10. 12 Gigantopethicus Males vs. 1 Megatherium:  Megatherium weighed over 8 times as much as Gigantopithecus.  Megatherium, when standing upright, could have easily looked into a 2nd story window. It had huge claws that could serve as weapons similar to the front claws of a grizzly bear or a giant anteater.  The Megatherium's skin was reinforced with small pieces of bone that served as a type of armor.  Despite their superior numbers, the Gigantopithecuses lack of predatory know-how will leave them unequipped to tackle the huge Megatherium.  A swipe from Megatherium will easily be able to kill any of the apes, and it should prevail in a battle with them.  Megatherium wins.

Q: What would you say is worse between the after effects of an Irukandji Jellyfish sting or being bitten by a Malaria Mosquito?
A: If malaria is contracted by the bite victim, the symptoms may not be as uncomfortable as a whole, but will probably be more serious in regards to the actual condition & long-term health.  The effects of the Irukandji jellyfish's sting will produce a miserable experience, but won't be fatal with the proper treatment.

Q: What's more painful between a Bullet Ant sting and a Box Jellyfish sting?
A: Probably the box jellyfish.  The bullet ant sting will be a single entry point (unless it stings multiple times), and a box jellyfish's stinging tentacles will have many points of contact.  The box jellyfish is likely the most toxic animal on the planet, and its painful sting can kill a human in minutes.

Q: If Megalodon Existed Today could it prey on Orcas?
A: Yes.  Megalodon had a huge set of jaws armed with razor-sharp teeth, and preyed upon large animals in its era.  An orca will be maneuverable enough to avoid an attacking Megalodon if it remains alert, but it will be viewed as a prey item by the huge shark.  From a size perspective, this will be like comparing a great white shark to a dolphin.  Orcas usually travel in pods, and a pod will have a good chance of driving a Megalodon away if there's enough of them.

Q: Can a lone Sperm Whale prey on a lone Orca?
A: No, but it can easily drive one away with its great size.  Sperm whales don't have teeth designed to slice through flesh (they primarily feast upon soft-bodied cephalopods), and won't look at an orca as a potential prey item.

Q: If T Rex existed today could it prey on Rhinos, Hippos and Elephants?
A: Definitely.  Tyrannosaurus preyed upon creatures more formidable than anything existing on earth today (like Triceratops), and rhinos, hippos, & elephants don't have to deal with any predators close to the size of this huge theropod.  A large bull elephant might approach the size of a Tyrannosaurus and have a chance to drive one away, but it will probably panic if actually faced with one and become dinner.  A large white rhinoceros might also drive a Tyrannosaurus away on occasion, but won't be formidable enough to deter one determined to attack.  Even the largest hippos will need to retreat into water to be safe from a prowling Tyrannosaurus.

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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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