You are here:

Interspecies Conflict/Roar! Tyrannosaurus Rex Has Come Back From Extinction.Tough Life For All Of Nature.

Advertisement


Question
Hello again Bk,its great to be talking to you again and I hope your enjoying memorial day week end.So lets get down to the questions.Here we go-

Leopard vs Wildebeest

Lion vs Yak

Hippo vs Gaur

Giraffe vs Giant Eland

Wild boar vs Warthog

African Elephant vs Spotted Hyena Clan

Wolverine vs Honey Badger

Kodiak Bear vs 2 Gorillas

Yak vs Giant Forest Hog

Thank You and have a happy Memorial day.

Answer
Hello Trish.


Leopard vs Wildebeest: A wildebeest can weigh over 3 times as much as a leopard. Leopards prey upon wildebeests from time-to-time, but ambushing one is different than taking on one face-to-face.  A leopard is one of the strongest cats pound-for-pound, and demonstrates this strength by dragging large prey items high into trees (to keep the kill safe from lions & hyenas).  Its head is large, and its neck and shoulder muscles are rather pronounced.  A wildebeest is a common prey target for a variety of predators (lions, leopards, hyenas, African wild dogs, crocodiles), but it is no pushover.  Although it is a swift runner first and foremost, it can defend itself well with its horns.  In most realistic encounters the wildebeest will be able to drive the leopard away, but it will find it difficult to repel one determined to stick around and continue trying.  Once a leopard is able to clear the horns of the wildebeest and leap upon it, the wildebeest will not have an easy way to shake it off.  The claws of the leopard will enable it to maintain a good grip, and it can move into position to land a finishing bite to the throat of the herbivore.  A leopard won't have much luck taking on the wildebeest head-on, but after using its agility to avoid most of the antelope's charges, it should be able to find an opening to spring forward and latch onto it.  A big male leopard determined to make the kill should be able to more times than not, but its a risky endeavor, and the cat will certainly fail on occasion.  Edge to leopard.

Lion vs Yak: A yak can weigh close to 4 times as much as a lion.  Most bovids with a 4-to-1 weight advantage over a big cat won't have much to worry about in a face-to-face battle, but a yak will not be completely safe from an approaching lion even if it's aware of its presence.  Lions deal with Cape buffalo (a more aggressive & combative bovid than the normally timid yak) quite often, and it usually takes a large part of the pride to bring one of these ornery beasts down.  Although not the norm, lions have successfully killed Cape buffalo one-on-one, so they (as well as all big cats) are capable of very impressive feats.  Lions use their quickness, agility, athleticism, weaponry (jaws & claws), and killing experience to tackle large prey items and battle adversaries.  Yaks are not nearly as aggressive or dangerous as most other bovids, but they are still large and powerful animals with sharp horns and hooves.  A lion will need to avoid the charge of the yak, leap upon it, and get into position to land a killing bite to its throat.  A lion can pull this off, but a yak can survive if it keeps the predator in front of it and doesn't panic.  Edge to yak.  

Hippo vs Gaur: A large bull hippo can weigh 2-3 times as much as a gaur.  The thick-skinned hippopotamus can open it jaws over a meter wide, and have long, lower canines used for slashing and forward-protruding lower incisors used primarily for thrusting (in conflicts).  Hippos are able to move about on land (and are capable of fast movements in short bursts), but are better adapted to the water where their large bodies have buoyancy.  A gaur is a powerful, muscular bovid with sharp horns and the ability to gore opponents with strong charges and thrusts.  Despite its large size, it can move around fairly well on land.  Although the gaur will be the animal with greater mobility in this battle (assuming it stays on land), its attack will need to be sustained for a longer period of time than the hippo's to inflict the same amount of damage.  A gaur can certainly injure a hippo with its horns, but the toothy assault by the hippo can potentially cause greater damage with less effort.  A gaur won't be overwhelmed every time, but it's actually too light to be favored here against one of the most aggressive & dangerous animals Africa has to offer.  A gaur will have the edge at close weights, and its chances will wane if water is involved.  Edge to hippo.

Giraffe vs Giant Eland: A large bull giraffe can weigh close to twice the weight of a giant eland.  Both of these animals are relatively peaceful (and will get along with one another), but both can defend themselves if forced to.  The giraffe is sometimes attacked by lions (although its enormous size is usually protection enough) , and it is often successful at repelling them by delivering powerful kicks.  Their back kicks are especially strong, and can kill a lion (or other predator) with a direct hit.  Bull giraffes battle each other by swinging their necks like clubs (and this action can cause serious injury), but it's not known if they would use this technique against another herbivore in a fight.  Giant elands can approach a ton in weight, and are the largest antelopes on the planet.  They typically run from danger, but can use their long spiraling horns as weapons to stave off an attack.  Elands are athletic, and reasonably swift for their size.  A giraffe will likely have the size to dominate any unfriendly (and hypothetical) encounter with a giant eland, but any dispute would probably be decided without any horns or hooves being used.  Giraffe wins.  

Wild boar vs Warthog: A wild boar can weigh about 1/3 more than a warthog.  Wild boars and warthogs are similar in the type of weaponry they have and the way they employ it, but there are some differences in the 2 animals.  Wild boars have tusks that protrude and curve from both upper and lower jaws that can be very sharp along the edges and abruptly pointed at the ends.  These can be used to slash attackers.  Warthogs have prominent tusks in the upper jaw that protrude outward and upward (appearing to form the letter "C" turned on its side) and shorter tusks that form below them in the lower jaw.  These can be used to gore attackers.  Both have decent lateral quickness, and both deal with a variety of predators that make them reasonably battle-tested.  Wild boars across the world defend themselves from wolves, bears, tigers, and others, while warthogs encounter lions, hyenas, leopards, and others.  The hide of a wild boar is tougher as well, and this makes the wild boar resistant to attack from tooth & claw.  Both of these suids are dangerous and a parity fight will be a decent contest, but the larger wild boar is a slight step up.  Wild boar wins.

African Elephant vs Spotted Hyena Clan: An African elephant can weigh over 75 times as much as a single spotted hyena and measure almost 4 times as tall at the shoulder.  A healthy adult bull African elephant is virtually immune to predation.  It is extremely strong, and is armed with sharp tusks and a powerful trunk.  An elephant's forceful movement in any direction can trample, topple, and crush most things in its path.  A large spotted hyena clan will typically exceed 40 or more members (although many of these will often congregate in smaller subsets).  A spotted hyena is a durable, battle-tested animal (occasionally has hostile encounters with lions, leopards, African wild dogs, etc.) with a tremendously strong bite force.  Hyenas are very formidable when they attack as a team, but the amount of damage they can inflict to the massive legs of a bull elephant will be minimal if the pachyderm is actively resisting.  Most animals would be in mortal danger against an attacking clan of 40+ spotted hyenas, but not a behemoth exceeding 6 tons in weight.  No hyena clan will attempt such an attack to begin with, as the risk to the group would simply be too great considering that nothing would reasonably be gained.  The hyenas (if there are enough of them) are physically capable of pulling this off if they employ an unnatural level of determination and a blatant disregard for their own safety, but it would take a very, very long time.  In any realistic encounter between these parties the elephant will be heavily favored.  African elephant wins.

Wolverine vs Honey Badger: A wolverine can weigh 20% more than a honey badger.  These 2 well-known animals have similar attributes.  They have tough hides, supple bodies, sharp claws, powerful jaws.  Both are known for their bravery, ferocity, and combative nature in many situations.  Wolverines have challenged wolves & bears at kill sites, and are sometimes successful at driving these larger predators away.  Honey badgers usually stand their ground as well (even against predators as large as leopards), but are notorious for boldly attacking venomous snakes and invading bee hives full of angry bees to eat the honey therein.  The hide of the honey badger is probably a bit tougher than the wolverine's, but the wolverine is probably the stronger animal on a pound-for-pound basis.  In regards to prey items, the stocky wolverine is capable of routinely overpowering larger animals, and this is something the honey badger doesn't do with regularity.  A parity battle will be very close, but a wolverine will typically be the heavier animal, and this will be the difference.  Edge to wolverine.  

Kodiak Bear vs 2 Gorillas: A Kodiak bear can weigh over 3 times as much as a large silverback gorilla.  From a size perspective, this will be like 2 chimpanzees trying to take on a sloth bear.  Bears have great strength, durability, and stamina.  Kodiak bears have long claws on each paw, and these can be mighty weapons.  Gorillas are very strong primates with long arms (to grab, pull, apply blunt force) and decent bites (high bite force, sharp canines).  They aren't experienced at battling other species of animals, and most conflicts between troops are primarily intimidation.  2 gorillas won't work as a team the way a couple of grey wolves or lionesses will, and won't have an effective means of tackling any large brown bear.  The Kodiak bear can seriously injure a gorilla with its weaponry, and its endurance will enable it to battle strongly for a long time.  Kodiak bear wins.  

Yak vs Giant Forest Hog: A yak can weigh over 3 1/2 times as much as a giant forest hog.  Yaks can easily be domesticated, and aren't nearly as battle-tested as most other herbivores.  They have long horns that protrude from the sides of their heads and point upward.  Yaks will spar with one another on occasion and use their heads to push against one another and deliver quick thrusts with their horns.  A giant forest hog is equipped with the tough hide of many suids and sharp tusks to defend themselves.  The giant forest hog will have more aggression than the yak and will have the better lateral quickness, but these assets won't transition well in a battle with an opponent this much larger.  The giant forest hog can injure the yak with a tusk thrust, but the superior size & power of the yak will give it the means to push the smaller hog out of the way.  Yak wins.


Good matchups as always (and another creative title!)...hope your weekend is great as well!


Best regards.

Interspecies Conflict

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


BK

Expertise

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.

Experience

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.

Education/Credentials
Associate degree in unrelated field; biology classes in college.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.