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Hay Bk nice to be talking to you again via the internet and I'm glad your available because I am home work free and have some questions lined up.So here they are.

Giraffe vs Elephant Seal

Green Anaconda vs Ostrich

Siberian Tiger vs Russian Wild Boar

Lion vs Tapir

Wolverine vs Zebra

Gorilla vs Reticulated Python

Kodiak Bear vs Giant Eland

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Hello Trish.

Giraffe vs Elephant Seal: An Southern elephant seal can weigh twice as much as a giraffe.  Elephant seals fight by posturing up (face-to-face) and forcefully thrusting forward with their upper bodies to deliver bites.  These encounters can cause bloody wounds.  Elephant seals can be very aggressive, and don't shy away from combat.  Giraffes are typically peaceful creatures, and usually attempt to run from danger.  However, when forced to defend themselves (usually from lions), they can kick strongly with their hooves (kicks from the back legs are especially powerful).  If these 2 animals met on land, the elephant seal would bully the giraffe into a retreat with few exceptions.  Although the bite of the elephant seal won't be able to easily reach the largest parts of the giraffe's body, the forward movement and thrusting of the huge pinniped can potentially break the legs of the giraffe.  The kick of the giraffe can be very effective if it lands in the right place (the seal's head, for example), but precision won't be the giraffe's strong suit in this fight.  The giraffe will have better mobility than the seal and better weaponry "on paper", but a giraffe will not want anything to do with an approaching elephant seal.  As with a earlier matchup between the giraffe and a hippo, only a giraffe infused with ill will and staunch determination will win (and he's just not going to have those attributes).  Depends on how you look at it.  The giraffe may have a decent chance in a fight where both are willing to angrily engage; the elephant seal will have the edge in any realistic encounter.

Green Anaconda vs Ostrich: A green anaconda will weigh a little bit more than an ostrich (up to 1/3 more).  Green anacondas are powerful constrictors that can asphyxiate an animal as large as a horse in their coils.  They are excellent ambush predators, but aren't great face-to-face combatants on land (poor stamina and limited mobility).  The ostrich is the world's largest and heaviest bird, reaching heights of close to 9ft and weighing well over 135kg.  Ostriches are swift animals, and prefer to run or hide from danger.  They occasionally have to defend themselves from a variety of African predators (including hyenas), and do so by delivering strong kicks with sharp spike-like talons.  A green anaconda can certainly kill an ostrich if it gets into the right position to do so, but this may be difficult in a land battle with the ostrich aware of its presence.  The kicks of an ostrich can injure an anaconda, and the huge snake will likely move away upon receiving one or two.  Although the anaconda is physically capable of bringing an ostrich to the ground with the right bite followed by an optimal placement of its coils, it doesn't encounter an opponent like this in its natural habitat, and may not take the actions it needs to in order to overcome the bird.  Although I would favor the anaconda to succeed by ambush or in shallow water, it probably won't have the same level of success in a face-to-face land battle.  Edge to ostrich.

Siberian Tiger vs Russian Wild Boar: A Siberian tiger will weigh at least 50% more than most wild boars, but a maximum-sized Russian wild boar can reportedly reach weights that exceed the weight of a large Siberian tiger.  Siberian tigers have long been considered the world's largest cat, although modern populations probably don't attain the sizes they once did.  Wild boars are formidable prey items for any predator, and can seriously injure an attacker with their slashing tusks.  Their tough hides are very hard to breach as well.  The Siberian tiger's agility, quickness, and athleticism will be great assets in a battle with a wild boar, which can be much more dangerous as a face-to-face combatant than an ambushed prey item.  The wild boar has good lateral quickness that helps it employ its weaponry, and the tiger will need to seize it quickly with its sharp claws (to hold it in place) and secure a killing throat-bite with its powerful jaws.  Suids are on the menu for the Siberian tiger, so these impressive cats are well-accustomed to dealing with them.  A large Russian wild boar can certainly drive a Siberian tiger away on occasion in a realistic encounter, but a determined tiger will have the ability to succeed more times than not.  Slight edge to Siberian tiger.

Lion vs Tapir: The largest tapir, the Malaysian tapir, can weigh almost twice as much as a lion.  Lions are capable hunters and fighters.  Not only do male lions battle each other for territory and females, they also help the lionesses in tackling large, dangerous prey on occasion.  A lion's quickness, agility, power, and weaponry (jaws and claws) are great assets in a conflict.  Tapirs don't receive as much notoriety as many other herbivores (like wild boars and buffalo, for example) in regards to combat, but their stout bodies and nasty bites make them difficult adversaries for any predator.  Full-grown tapirs are usually safe from predation, but no tapir encounters a big cat with the size and power of an African lion.  Lions are capable of bringing down animals larger than themselves, and often deal with animals armed with a variety of weapons (tusks of a warthog, horns of a buffalo, hooves of a zebra, etc.).  The tapir will probably drive the lion away in most realistic encounters (likely after a failed initial attack by the cat), but a lion fiercely determined to make the kill will likely be able to do so more times than not.  Slight edge to the lion.  

Wolverine vs Zebra: A zebra can weigh 15-20 times as much as a wolverine.  Wolverines are among the strongest mammals pound-for-pound, and are well-known for their boldness and ferocity.  They have thick furry hides, powerful jaws (can crunch through frozen meat & bone), strong limbs with sharp claws and supple bodies.  Wolverines often stand up to wolves and black bears in disputes over carcasses, and sometimes chase these more formidable predators away.  These mustelids have good durability and good endurance, and fight savagely with their jaws & claws (often engaging from on their backs).  In regards to pound-for-pound combat prowess, the wolverine is among the best in the animal kingdom.  Zebras are hardy equids that are common targets for many African predators (lions, hyenas, crocodiles, etc.).  They can be aggressive, and will defend themselves with strong kicks (and they will bite!).  A wolverine is capable of bringing down prey items much larger than themselves, and are sometimes aided in this endeavor by the presence of deep snow.  On even ground, a zebra will be too large and dangerous for a wolverine to overcome.  A few kicks will be able to repel the mustelid before it makes any headway with its offense.  Zebra wins.

Gorilla vs Reticulated Python: A gorilla will weigh close to twice as much as most reticulated pythons.  Gorillas are the world's largest apes, with some species exceeding 200kg in weight.  A gorilla is a very imposing animal with sharp teeth and a strong bite.  They rarely battle with animals other than other gorillas (conflicts with leopards have been reported), and usually rely on displays of aggression to drive away adversaries.  Gorillas will grab, pull, and bite in a conflict, but their powerful arms (that can span over 2.5m) can apply blunt force as well.  Gorillas reportedly have a fear of reptiles, but one will fight to the death to defend its troop from an invader.  A gorilla will be strong enough to keep a reticulated python from coiling it on most occasions (if the fight is on land), and will be large enough to make constriction a difficult task.  The head and spine of the python may be vulnerable to injury if the gorilla attacks or violently defends itself if attacked.  A gorilla will have trouble in the water (gorillas can't swim and avoid water), but should be OK on land in a face-to-face with a reticulated python.  Edge to gorilla.

Kodiak Bear vs Giant Eland: A giant eland can weigh about 1/3 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.  Elands are the world's largest antelopes.  They are swift, athletic, and armed with spiraled horns that can inflict injury with a well-placed charge.  A realistic confrontation will end with the eland simply running away, but an angry eland can certainly drive the bear away if it stands its ground.  If both animals are determined to fight to the end, the bear will have the assets to win (especially forelimb usage), but it won't be easy.  Elands aren't as combative and battle-tested as some other herbivores (like Cape buffalo), and that might come into play in a serious fight.  The eland's bigger, but the bear's the better fighter.  Slight edge to Kodiak bear.

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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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