Interspecies Conflict/Epic Battles


I have some match-ups I think are interesting.
Leopard vs. Giant Panda
200 coyotes vs. 1 T-rex
Mike Tyson vs. Chimpanzee
Mike Tyson vs. Bully Kutta
5 chimpanzees vs. 1 Silverback Gorilla
Fire Ant vs. T-rex [parity]
Kodiak Bear vs. Lion
Megalodon vs. 200 foot long Octopus
Helliod vs. Daedon
Red Kangaroo vs. Emu
Plesiosaur vs. Killer Whale
Dingo vs. Dhole
German Shepard vs. Ocelot
American Alligator vs. American Black Bear
Pit Bull vs. Wolverine
17 dholes vs. 1 tiger

Hello Brad.

Leopard vs Giant Panda: A giant panda can weigh around 50% more than a leopard.  Leopards are fantastic hunters, and have the strength to haul heavy kills up into trees.  They have the typical felid attributes (speed, agility, explosiveness, athleticism, jaws & claws, killing know-how), and are battle-tested (frequently clash with hyenas, baboons, chimpanzees, etc.).  Giant pandas may be adorable, but can be dangerous when angered or threatened.  They have strong, robust bodies with sharp claws & powerful jaws (to crunch through tough bamboo stalks).  The giant panda will be on the defensive in this battle, but should be able to provide enough resistance to the leopard's attack to make it relent.  A leopard considers the avoidance of injury to be paramount, as an injury can hinder its ability to hunt.  African leopards don't encounter anything resembling a bear, but giant pandas occasionally cross paths with leopards & snow leopards in their habitat.  The leopard can subdue animals much larger than themselves (like wildebeest) by ambush, but won't be favored on most occasions against a larger, stronger panda face-to-face.  Slight edge to giant panda.

200 coyotes vs 1 T-rex: A Tyrannosaurus will easily weigh more than all 200 coyotes combined.  Coyotes work well in a pack and are capable of taking large prey items by doing so.  Tyrannosaurus weighed more than an African elephant, and was armed with a huge bite (blade-like teeth exceeding 6" in length).  The coyotes will be quick enough to avoid the bite of the Tyrannosaurus as long as they don't get in each other's way (and may get trampled), but will not be able to make a dent in the theropod's hide with their relatively small bites.  The Tyrannosaurus is too big for the coyotes to overcome, and the canids will eventually will be killed if they persist in their attack.  Tyrannosaurus wins.

Mike Tyson vs. Chimpanzee: Mike Tyson, at his typical fighting weight, will weigh about 70% more than a chimpanzee.  Chimpanzees are much stronger than humans, and one will even be stronger than a well-conditioned athlete like Mike Tyson.  Chimpanzees aren't practiced at taking on other animals solo, but humans aren't usually practiced at taking on something else that isn't another human.  Mike Tyson's boxing ability (especially his power and precise punching) gives him a chance to stun the chimpanzee, but the ape won't be as easy to injure as another human will be.  A chimp's bite can injure a human, and its grabbing hands and mobility will make defending against it a challenge.  A lot of this will depend on the mentality of Mike Tyson when he engages the chimp (which should be good considering his profession).  I certainly won't count Mike Tyson out, but the chimpanzee will probably have the edge.

Mike Tyson vs Bully Kutta: Mike Tyson, at his typical fighting weight, will weigh about 30% more than a Bully Kutta.  Bully Kuttas are powerful, skilled combatants (if trained), and have wide jaws and strong bites.  Mike Tyson will have a hard time dealing with the attack of this dog, but he will have a chance to injure it with some strong punches to its head.  Mike Tyson is one of the greatest boxers of all time, but a ferocious attack by a Bully Kutta will be a much different type of opposition than another boxer engaging him in a boxing ring.  I'd give the edge to the Bully Kutta.

5 chimpanzees vs 1 Silverback Gorilla: A silverback gorilla weighs about 3 1/2 times as much as a chimpanzee.  Chimpanzees, when in groups, usually use intimidation to impose their will against a single adversary.  They aren't practiced at ganging up on a single large animal and overpowering it (but will gang up on a smaller animal), and they don't have the "finishing ability" of true predatory animals.  A silverback gorilla isn't practiced at battling anything other than other gorillas (and those fights usually aren't serious), but it is a powerful animal with long arms (8.5' span) and a strong bite (and sharp canines).  The 5 chimpanzees will have a good chance to drive the gorilla away if the gorilla isn't defending his troop, but won't be able to easily kill it without risking death themselves.  I would favor the chimpanzees if it was in their nature to execute a group attack against a much larger animal, but as is I favor the gorilla to scare them away in a realistic confrontation.  The chimpanzees are definitely capable of winning, but they won't realistically do the actions needed to win.  Edge to silverback gorilla.

Fire Ant vs T-rex [parity]: Ants are extremely strong for their size (can reportedly lift 50 times their own weight).  Assuming the fire ant will have the same abilities (mobility/quickness) in proportion to its own size when scaled to parity with the Tyrannosaurus, it will have a large advantage in speed, mobility, & strength.  The Tyrannosaurus can kill the fire ant with a bite from its powerful jaws in the right spot (perhaps between the head & thorax), but won't likely get an opportunity before getting seized and stung.  Fire ant wins.  

Kodiak Bear vs Lion: A Kodiak bear can weigh almost 3 times as much as a lion.  A Kodiak bear has great strength and endurance, and can use its forelimbs (to swipe or grab) effectively in a fight.  It also has a large set of jaws.  Lions are among the best combatants in the big cat world (males battle other males routinely), and they can use teamwork to overpower large prey items.  A lion will have a quickness & agility advantage over a bear, but will have trouble with one the size of a Kodiak.  The large animals a lion can tackle (buffalo, zebra, etc.) can't fight the way a bear can (supple body/paw usage).  Kodiak bear wins.

Megalodon vs 200 foot long Octopus: A 200ft long octopus will much heavier than the Megalodon, and much more powerful.  Megalodon was a giant shark that measured about 2 1/2 times as long as a great white shark and may have weighed around 20 times as much.  An octopus uses its sucker-lined tentacles to grab prey items and its sharp beak to bite into their bodies.  Megalodon was the king of the seas in its time (and may have been in any time), but a 200ft octopus with the same abilities (mobility/quickness) in proportion to its own body as a normal-sized one will easily overtake the shark.  200ft octopus wins.

Helloid vs Daeodon: The Daeodon will weigh 4 times as much as Helloid.  Here's the description of Helloid (created by Tejas): "A tenacious, 250 kilogram mustelid.  4-inch canines, 4-inch claws.  1500 pound bite force.  Excellent swimmer.  Speed 80 km/h (running).  Mainly terrestrial animal.  Opportunistic ambush predator.  Thick fur with random sharp bristles measuring 1cm in length as defense.  Jet-black in color, superb night-vision, both nocturnal and diurnal.  Excellent sense of smell, able to smell a drop of blood 70m away.  Lives in packs of up to 50 in number, headed by an alpha male and an alpha female.  Females and males equal in size.  Males experienced in combat, but still prefer ambush attack.  Bristles can detect the slightest sound vibrations."  Daeodon was a bison-sized animal that somewhat resembled a giant warthog.  It had a strong bone-crushing bite (was likely a scavenger) and protruding tusks.  Helloid is a powerful combatant with its toughness & weaponry, but it will have a hard time dealing with this huge, charging animal with a big bite & sharp tusks.  Helloid can't be counted out because it has dangerous teeth & claws (and a potent bite-force), but it's giving up a lot of size here.  Daeodon wins.

Red Kangaroo vs Emu: A red kangaroo will weigh about 50% more than an emu, but both will be about the same height.  A red kangaroo can deliver powerful kicks with its hindlimbs, and uses these to defend itself from predators (namely dingoes).  Emus also have dangerous kicks (sharp talons) and have very strong legs.  Both of these animals can injure one another, but the red kangaroo will have too much of a weight advantage.  Red kangaroo wins.

Plesiosaur vs Killer Whale: A killer whale can weigh as much as an African elephant, and is over 3 times as heavy as the largest plesiosaur (Elasmosaurus).  The plesiosaur has a long neck, 4 flippers, and a relatively small head.  It likely ate fish and other relatively small sea creatures.  Killer whales have teeth in their jaws (4" long) that can grab and tear.  A killer whale will be able to attack the plesiosaur with it jaws without worry of an effective counter-attack.  Killer whale wins.

Dingo vs Dhole: Both of these animals will be similar in weight (dingo slightly heavier).  Both animals have similar attributes (good lateral quickness, endurance, effective bites), and both hunt in groups to tackle larger prey.  Dholes can be very aggressive, and usually deal with more formidable prey.  At similar weighs the dhole will have the slightest of edges; a heavier dingo will be favored.  Slight edge to dhole.

German Shepard vs Ocelot: The ocelot is well-armed (sharp teeth & sharp claws), but it is only about 40% the Greman Shepherd's weight here.  The cat will have major problems trying to avoid the big bite of the dog.  The ocelot will try to use its agility and quickness to position itself as well as possible, but it will need to be able to mount a counter-attack once the German Shepherd gets a hold of it.  The bite & shake method the dog might use will make it difficult for the cat to apply any of its offense.  Endurance favors the dog as well.  The ocelot is certainly capable of repelling the dog if it's not a trained one, but it probably won't get an opportunity to mount an effective offense while trying to defend itself from the jaws of a determined one.  The German Shepherd wins.

American Alligator vs American Black Bear: The American alligator can weigh about 50% more than an American black bear.  These animals cross paths on occasion, and mutual avoidance is usually the result.  Alligators can predate upon black bears that take to the water, but they aren't easy prey, and can in turn injure the alligator.  Alligators are protected by an armored hide (covered in osteoderms), and have a tremendous bite force.  Their jaws are designed to grab and hold prey so it can be drowned.  Black bears have strong bodies and sharp claws (great for climbing trees).  The black bear will have much better mobility/stamina on land than the alligator, but killing one won't be easy without the reptile tiring first.  In the water the alligator will be more at home, and its mobility and stamina will be much better.  Edge to American black bear on land; edge to American alligator in water.

Pit Bull vs Wolverine: an American Pit Bull Terrier will weigh about 50% more than a wolverine.  Wolverines are one of the strongest land mammals pound-for-pound, and their ferocity is legendary.  Wolverines have sharp teeth & claws, and thick fur that protects them well in conflicts.  Their bite force enables them to crunch through frozen meat & bone, and their powerful forepaws can claw with great effect.  There are few animals in a wolverine's weight range that can compete with it in a tussle.  The APBT, if game-bred, is among the most formidable dogs pound-for-pound.  It is very strong, relentless, & durable.  It attacks by rushing in to land a bite (usually on the neck or face), and not letting go.  If it isn't outweighed, it will use its muscular body to violently shake its head side-to-side (and pull straight back) to increase the damage caused by its jaws.  The APBT will likely rush in and try to latch onto the wolverine, and the wolverine will probably roll on its back, grab & claw with its paws, and bite the canine with its jaws.  The APBT will fight on despite injury, and will likely wear the wolverine down with its attack.  A regular pet American Pit Bull Terrier will likely lose to a wolverine, but a game-bred one won't.  Edge to APBT.

17 dholes vs 1 tiger: A tiger can weigh almost as much as 14 dholes.  Tigers are fantastic hunters, and are capable of ambushing prey much heavier than themselves.  They have the typical big cat attributes (speed, agility, athleticism, jaws & claws, killing know-how), and deal with a large variety of formidable adversaries.  Dholes (Asiatic wild dogs) are small canids that work well as a team to overcome large prey items.  They have good lateral quickness and good endurance.  They occasionally encounter tigers in their habitat, and usually avoid the big cats.  If the dholes are determined to attack a tiger, they will attack from all sides at staggered times to confuse the tiger and divide its focus.  A tiger can easily kill a dhole in seconds, but will have trouble zeroing in on a single dog while 16 others are nipping at it from all angles.  Realistically, the dholes won't risk an attack like this because many pack members will be lost.  If the dholes adopt a mentality to attack without regard to their own safety, they may have a chance to wear the tiger down if they coordinate their attack perfectly.  This is yet another situation where what one party is capable of doing and what they actually will do are 2 different things.  Because a realistic encounter between 17 dholes and a tiger will likely go the tiger's way, edge goes to tiger.

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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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