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Hello again Bk thanks for answering my questions the last time by the way.So here are some more animal conflicts I would like your opinion on.

Wolverine vs Bobcat

Raccoon vs Tasmanian Devil

American Bison vs Spanish Fighting Bull

Gray Wolf vs Chacma Baboon

Great White shark vs Norwhal

Zebra vs Russian Wild Boar

Cape Buffalo vs Sumatrian Rhino

Gorilla Troop vs Hippo

Kodiak Bear vs Moose

Thank You

Hello Trish.

Wolverine vs Bobcat: A wolverine will weigh over 40% more than a bobcat.  Wolverines are among the strongest mammals pound-for-pound, and have jaws capable of crunching through frozen meat & bone.  Wolverines also have stocky limbs with sharp claws & thick fur that can help buffer against a bobcat's attack.  Bobcats are quick & agile, but one will have a hard time clawing & biting effectively against the robust wolverine while dealing with the mustelid's attack.  The size and strength advantage of the wolverine will enable it to dominate positioning, and its endurance will allow it to battle strongly while the bobcat will eventually fatigue.  A bobcat can be a fierce fighter, but it's too small here.  Wolverine wins.

Raccoon vs Tasmanian Devil: These animals will be close in weight.  Raccoons typically predate upon grasshoppers, crickets, fish, voles, mice, crayfish, frogs, and other small animals.  These omnivores also eat fruits and nuts.  Raccoons can be fierce fighters, and will inflict bites with their sharp teeth.  The Tasmanian devil has an extremely strong bite (among the top pound-for-pound among mammals) and a ferocious disposition.  It commonly battles with other Tasmanian devils, and serious wounds (usually facial) can result from these conflicts.  In this battle, the Tasmanian devil will have the edge in aggression and a much more effective bite.  Tasmanian devil wins.

American Bison vs Spanish Fighting Bull: The American bison will weigh almost 40% more than the Spanish fighting bull.  The American bison is the largest land animal in North America, and can exceed a ton in weight.  The bison has a very solidly built shoulder & neck area (close to half of its weight is in front of its shoulders), and it uses its head like a battering ram in conflicts (and will also hook with its horns).  It occasionally has to defend itself from wolves and bears.  Spanish fighting bulls are very well-muscled in the neck, shoulder & back areas, and have sharp, forward-curving horns that are in great position to impale an attacker.  These bulls can make violent, powerful movements, and are typically very aggressive.  It's hard for most domestic animals to compete with a wild one that deals with the kind of adversity it faces, but the nature of what a Spanish fighting bull does puts it on par with many non-domesticated animals.  Reasonably close fight at equal weights, but the much larger bison will be favored here.  American bison wins.

Gray Wolf vs Chacma Baboon: A gray wolf can weigh close to 45% more than a big chacma baboon (and almost twice as heavy as a typical one).  The gray wolf has endurance, a big bite, and predatory know-how on its side.  The baboon has mobility, arms to grab with, and a dangerous bite with long upper canines (almost 2" long).  The wolf will try to grab the neck of the baboon and subdue it, and the baboon will try to dodge the wolf's attack (using its good mobility and grabbing hands) and land some bites of its own.  Good fight, but the wolf has a good size advantage, and the baboon will have trouble dealing with the jaws of the wolf.  This is a dangerous fight for the wolf, and it will have injuries even if it prevails.  Close fight overall, but edge to the gray wolf.  

Great White shark vs Narwhal: A narwhal will weigh about 70% of the great white shark's weight.  Great white sharks are excellent ambush hunters, typically attacking from beneath with a "bite and retreat" technique (and wait for the prey item to expire before returning).  They have huge jaws and many razor-sharp teeth, and their bites are among the most potent weapons in the animal kingdom.  Narwhals have good mobility in the water, but their long tusk (actually a hollow tooth that can grow close to 9ft in length) isn't as formidable a weapon as it appears to be.  Male narwhals "spar" with these tusks (by rubbing them together), but rarely use them in a combative manner.  Each tusk is full of nerve endings, and would likely get damaged with rough use.  The narwhal isn't as dangerous as, let's say, a swordfish of equal size would be.  The larger great white shark wins.

Zebra vs Russian Wild Boar: A zebra can weigh over 1/3 more than a big Russian wild boar.  Wild boars can be fierce combatants, and their tough hides & sharp tusks make them dangerous opponents.  Zebras are strong equids that occasionally defend themselves from formidable predators (lions, hyenas, crocodiles, etc.) with strong kicks (primarily with its back hooves) and bites.  These 2 animals would normally coexist peacefully, but a serious battle between them could potentially go either way.  The underbelly & flanks of the zebra will be in range of a wild boar's tusks, but a well-placed kick to the head of the boar could finish the fight.  The nimble boar will likely have more opportunities to slash with accuracy than the zebra's chances to land effective kicks.  Edge to the Russian wild boar.

Cape Buffalo vs Sumatran Rhino: These animals will be close in weight, but the Sumatran rhino will typically be heavier by about 15-20% (and will be about 85% of the Cape buffalo's shoulder height).  Cape buffalo are potentially aggressive and unpredictable, and kill many people each year.  They are tough prey items for lions, and have thick horns and sharp hooves that serve them well in battle.  The stocker, more robust build of the rhino will make it better suited for battle in this contest.  The rhinoceros might back down in a realistic confrontation from the more aggressive Cape buffalo, but if push comes to shove, the Sumatran rhino will be able to knock the bovid over with its lower point of attack.  Close fight, but the rhino's built too well.  Sumatran rhino wins.

Gorilla Troop vs Hippo: A large hippo can weigh 13 times as much as a large silverback gorilla, and most gorillas in a typical troop won't weigh nearly as much as the largest male.  Gorillas look imposing, but they aren't adept at battling animals other than other gorillas (and most of these conflicts end up being intimidation displays).  They do have powerful arms (that span 8.5ft) that can grab, pull, and apply blunt force, and sharp upper canines that can inflict wounds in adversaries.  Against a hippo, however, a troop of gorillas won't know what to do.  Displays of aggression might deter a hippo from approaching, but the gorillas don't have the predatory weaponry or know-how to deal with an angry hippo that decides to invade their space.  A hippo has a rotund body with thick skin and a huge set of jaws (with sharp lower canines and forward-pointing incisors) that can open 4ft wide.  It can easily kill a gorilla with a single bite or crush one beneath its massive weight.  A hippo won't have anything to fear from a troop of gorillas, and can easily make the apes scatter if it decides to charge amongst them.  Hippo wins.

Kodiak Bear vs Moose: A large bull moose will typically weigh slightly more than a Kodiak bear.  Kodiak bears are very strong animals with great endurance, durability, and weaponry (strong bites, swiping paws with long claws).  Kodiak bears primarily eat salmon, and aren't practiced at tackling large prey items.  The moose has an impressive set of antlers that can be used as a barrier or a plow against a bear, and it can drive forward with a lot of force.  The tines on the edges of the antlers are sharp, and cause injury.  The Kodiak bear will likely engage the moose from the front with paw swipes (and may attempt to seize the anterior portion of the herbivore and use its great strength to wrestle the moose to the ground).  In a realistic encounter the moose will probably succeed in driving the bear away, but a determined Kodiak bear will probably bring enough assets to the table to prevail more times than not.  Overall edge to Kodiak bear.

Good matchups (and nice title!).

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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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