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Hay again Bk nice to be speaking to you again and I'm liking your answers as usual.Any ways here are some more interesting animal battles.

Chimpanzee vs Chacma Baboon

Jaguar vs Green Anaconda

Gorilla vs Giant Anteater

Nile Crocodile vs Colossal Squid

Jaguar vs Ostrich

Gray Wolf vs Cheetah

Wolverine vs Lynx

White Rhino vs Walrus

Thank You

Hello Trish.  Good to hear from you.

Chimpanzee vs Chacma Baboon: A chacma baboon will weigh about 60 to 70% of a chimpanzee's weight.  A chimpanzee rarely exceeds 130lb, and a chacma baboon usually doesn't exceed 90lb (but typically weighs less than 70lb).  These animals have similar mobility, and both can use their hands to grab/manipulate.  The chimpanzee is stronger, but the baboon has a more dangerous bite.  Chimpanzees aren't used to taking on similar-sized animals solo, and have poor "finishing" ability.  A chacma baboon has sharp upper canines that can cause grievous injuries to the chimp.  Chimpanzees usually operate in a group, and favor displays of aggression in confrontations with dangerous animals over the actual use of physical force.  Realistically the chimp will probably back away in a one-on-one conflict with a chacma baboon because chimpanzees are aware of a baboon's ability to deliver a damaging bite.  Baboons have injured leopards when defending themselves (but often fall prey to these large cats).  If a chimpanzee is determined to fight, it will control most of the positioning at close quarters, but the chimp's bite won't be as effective as the baboon's bite.  I favor a chimp with a decent weight advantage, but at close weights the baboon will have the edge.  Overall it's a close contest (if we use 130lb for the chimp and 90lb for the baboon); probably not far from a 50/50 with all things considered.

Jaguar vs Green Anaconda: The weight of an anaconda varies somewhat (usually doesn't exceed 400lbs), but it can weigh as much as 1/3 more than a jaguar.  Jaguars have better reptile-killing instincts than other big cats, and know to target the skull with its powerful bite.  Anacondas are superb ambush predators, but aren't very good combatants on land against similar-sized adversaries due to poor mobility & stamina.  The jaguar will have the agility & quickness to avoid the anaconda's offense (bite & coiling attempt) on most occasions, and should be able to subdue the snake.  In shallow water, the contest gets closer.  The jaguar can still win with a well-timed pounce & attack with its jaws & claws, but it will need to be wary.  The anaconda's mobility & stamina will be much greater (in water than on land), and this will make it more difficult for the jaguar to have precision with its assault.  In addition, the anaconda will have a better chance of getting its coils around the jaguar, and it won't be an easy escape for the cat once the snake's positioning is advanced.  The jaguar's skill set will give it a decent chance to succeed in shallow water, but it won't be a guarantee against a large anaconda.  Land: Jaguar wins.  Shallow water: close to 50/50, depending on actual water depth.  Deep water: Green anaconda wins.

Gorilla vs Giant Anteater: A gorilla can weigh over 3 times as much as a giant anteater.  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.  Giant anteaters have long, sharp claws on their front limbs that serve as dangerous weapons to deter attackers (which include jaguars and pumas from time-to-time).  Realistically, a gorilla and an anteater will ignore one another, but in a serious fight the gorilla will be too big and strong.  It may receive injuries from the claws of the giant anteater (and may back away because of this), but it will be able to overpower the smaller animal on some occasions once it grabs onto it.  Despite the size difference this fight will be competitive, but the ape should have the edge.  Edge to gorilla.

Nile Crocodile vs Colossal Squid: The squid will weigh approximately half the crocodile's weight, but it has a chance here.  The crocodile will need to clamp onto the squid's mantle with its powerful jaws and crush it to win.  If the reptile doesn't land a fatal bite, it will be in danger of being wrapped up by the squid's long tentacles and drowned.  Once the squid wraps the crocodile up, escape will be very difficult even though the crocodile will likely be the stronger animal.  In open water it could go either way (depending on where & when the crocodile bites), but in shallower water the crocodile will have better mobility and likely prevail.  Because the squid isn't a swift mover, the crocodile should have the ability to clamp onto where it wants to some of the time (but this first bite will need to be a good one).  The squid will likely attempt to wrap its tentacles around the crocodile immediately after contact, so a misplaced bite by the crocodile might be bad news.  Slight edge to the colossal squid.

Jaguar vs Ostrich: These animals will be close in weight.  Jaguars are powerful predatory cats with muscular, stocky builds.  They typically prey upon capybara, peccaries, tapir, caiman, and other animals that share their South American habitat.  Jaguars have extremely strong jaws, and typically kill prey items by biting through the skull (or spinal column) of their victims.  Their agility, athleticism, and sharp claws are other assets that help the jaguar to be a formidable hunter and combatant.  An ostrich is the largest bird in the world, and can stand close to 9ft tall.  They usually run (very swiftly for long distances) or hide from danger, but can deliver dangerous kicks with their talons if they are forced to defend themselves.  These kicks make them risky targets for predators like lions and hyenas.  A jaguar will have the quickness and power to avoid the ostrich's kicks and leap onto it (to pull it down) on most occasions.  Jaguars don't encounter prey items like this, but one will be big trouble for an ostrich.  Once the jaguar clears the kicks and makes contact with the ostrich's body, the bird won't have an answer for it.  Jaguar wins.

Gray Wolf vs Cheetah: A cheetah will typically have a slight weight advantage (between 10 and 15%).  Grey wolves usually hunt and fight in packs, but a single one is still a capable combatant.  A grey wolf has great endurance, good lateral quickness, and a bite (with teeth designed to hold, slice, and crush) that is quite strong.  A wolf is an experienced hunter of a variety of animals (including bovids, suids, and cervids), and sometimes engage in conflicts with other dangerous predators (bears, pumas, wolverines, etc.).  A cheetah is a specialist of the cat world.  They can weigh over 140lb, but are built for speed.  Their claws don't retract like other large wild cats, and are used as cleats to propel the animal to speeds of over 60mph in less than 3 seconds.  A cheetah's body is slender, and it isn't nearly the level of fighter as a leopard or a jaguar.  It isn't built for combat, and will shy away from confrontation on most occasions to avoid getting injured.  If it can't run, it can't hunt (and will starve).  Any realistic encounter between a cheetah and a grey wolf will likely end up with the cheetah fleeing, but the cat will be a tough opponent if forced to defend itself.  Male cheetahs often injure one another in battles, and a cheetah is certainly capable of injuring a wolf.  Forcing a wolf into a position to land a finishing throat bite will be a very difficult task for a cheetah if the wolf is facing it, and the cheetah's claws won't have as much impact as swiping weapons as the claws of, let's say, a leopard.  A wolf's bites and bite attempts will have the cheetah on the defensive, and the cheetah will tire out much faster than the wolf will.  A cheetah can drive the wolf away with an aggressive display and determined resistance, but will be a little outmatched in a serious, drawn-out confrontation.  Edge to gray wolf.   

Wolverine vs Lynx: A Eurasian lynx will weigh close to twice as much as the wolverine, and will be the only lynx large enough to consistently compete with a wolverine.  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 lynx's attack.  Lynxes are quick & agile, but will have a hard time clawing & biting effectively against the robust wolverine while dealing with the mustelid's attack.  The size advantage of the Eurasian lynx will enable it to control positioning well enough to land a few good bites, but it will likely tire before it can finish the mustelid off.  The larger lynx will get the better of the encounter in the early going, but the wolverine will fight strongly enough to eventually drive the lynx away.  Close battle and it depends on how you look at it; probably 50/50.

White Rhino vs Walrus: A white rhino will typically weigh about 25% more than a walrus, but some larger ones can weigh almost twice as much.  The white rhinoceros is a tremendously strong animal with long frontal horn (and a smaller one behind it).  This horn is one of the most potent weapons in the animal kingdom, as the rhino can use its strength to propel and drive this horn with a great deal of force.  The white rhino is also built like a tank, and has very tough skin.  A walrus is armed with tusks that can reach 3ft in length (but are usually shorter), and it also has very tough skin (and a thick layer of blubber underneath).  These behemoths often have to defend themselves against attacking polar bears, and sometimes do this quite well.  A walrus is a much more dangerous adversary when it enters the water, but it's no pushover on land.  Despite this, a walrus will have serious trouble on land in a battle with a white rhino.  The rhino will have a size & mobility advantage, and will be able to employ its weaponry with greater ease than the walrus will.  The walrus won't be able to move swiftly enough to avoid being gored, and the rhino's horn (backed up by the rhino's thrusting force) will be able to breach the walrus' hide or cause concussive injuries.  Even in shallow water (as long as the rhino is afforded decent movement), where the walrus will have much greater mobility, the rhino will get the better of any horn vs tusks exchanges.  Only in water deep enough to keep the rhino from using its weaponry at full power will the walrus have the advantage.  Rhinos can swim, but their ability to apply force in any direction will be compromised in relatively deep water.  The walrus will win in deep water, but the rhino will have a decent edge in shallow water.  Any land battle will strongly favor the rhino.  Overall, the white rhino wins.

Nice tribute to the Tokens with your title!  Very interesting matchups (as always).  

Best regards.

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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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