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Hi BK here are some animal fights.

Jaguar vs Wildebeest

Killer Whale vs Hippo

American Bison vs Cape Buffalo

Lion vs Gorilla

Green Anaconda vs Nile Crocodile

Polar Bear vs Bengal Tiger

Clouded Leopard vs Raccoon

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Hello Gian.

Jaguar vs Wildebeest: A wildebeest can weigh twice as much as a jaguar.  A jaguar is generally considered to be the strongest cat pound-for-pound, and it has the strongest bite for its size among cats as well.  These attributes, along with its quickness, agility, sharp claws, and killing experience make this animal among the most formidable combatants in the world.  The jaguar typically kills its prey by biting through the skull or spine of its intended quarry (as opposed to a throat or snout bite from many other big cats), and this gives it a more diversified means of dispatching prey.  The wildebeest is a hardy antelope with sharp hooves and curved horns.  It is a targeted prey item for many African predators (lions, leopards, hyenas, crocodiles, etc.), and as a result is rather battle-tested.  A jaguar usually attacks animals that are more low-to-the-ground like caiman, peccaries, and capybara, but is capable of overpowering the speedy wildebeest in a face-to-face encounter.  A wildebeest may drive a jaguar away in a realistic encounter, but the jaguar will be difficult to dislodge once it clears the horns and seizes the herbivore with its powerful forepaws.  Actually a close battle, but a jaguar is equipped to defeat a wildebeest.  Edge to jaguar.

Killer Whale vs Hippo: A killer whale (orca) can weigh over twice as much as a hippopotamus.  Killer whales travel and hunt in packs, but a single one has few equals (if any) in the ocean.  They have strong jaws armed with cone-shaped teeth (some 4" long) on the top and bottom, and these can be used to hold and tear.  A killer whale is very maneuverable in the water, and is very intelligent.  Hippos have large stout bodies and huge jaws that can open almost 4' wide.  These jaws are armed with huge canines that are sharp-edged and forward-pointing incisors.  The hippo's canines can easily slash or puncture the body of an adversary, and their incisors can be used to thrust forward to cause serious injury as well.  An adult hippo can't really swim, but it can move through the water by walking or bouncing along the bottom.  There isn't a completely fair arena for this battle to take place.  If a killer whale is in water deep enough to move about with a decent amount of freedom, it will easily dispatch a hippo.  If the water depth is shallow enough for the hippo to move about freely, the huge killer whale may possibly be marooned.  Killer whales sometimes swim right up to the shoreline (at which time their mobility is compromised) to snare sea lions from the edge, so this battle taking place in shallow water won't be an automatic win for the hippo.  The forceful movements of a killer whale in shallow water (as it attempts to work itself back into the deeper water) can easily injure a hippo standing close by, and the hippo won't easily be able to apply any effective offense without risk.  Killer whale wins.

American Bison vs Cape Buffalo: The American bison can max out at over a ton in weight, and the Cape buffalo seldom exceeds 3/4 of a ton.  The bison has a very robust neck and shoulder area (its body in front of its shoulders is close to the weight of its body behind the shoulders) and fights primarily by using its head as a battering ram.  The Cape buffalo is not as stocky overall, but is still a well-proportioned and powerful animal.  It can be very aggressive, is well-practiced in battling predators, and has horns that curve outward that it uses to gore adversaries with.  At these weights the bison would dominate this encounter.  I would still favor the massive bison at parity, but only slightly so.  American bison wins.

Lion vs Gorilla: A male African lion can weigh about 20% more than a gorilla.  A lion has all of the typical big cat attributes & abilities (speed, agility, athleticism, explosive action, killing know-how, etc.) and is armed with powerful jaws, sharp teeth, and sharp claws.  A male lion's primary responsibility is protection of the pride, and commonly battles other male lions for territory and females.  Although the lionesses do most of the hunting, the male will join in on occasion to help overpower large prey items.  A male gorilla is charged with the defense of his troop, and will fight to the death to protect it.  Gorillas are extremely strong primates with long, powerful arms that can span 8 1/2ft.  They can bite with a lot of force and have sharp upper canines.  Gorillas occasionally cross paths with leopards (which are usually 1/3 the weight of lions), and these cats have been known to predate on them (by ambush).  Gorillas don't have experience battling animals outside their own species (and encounters with other gorillas usually don't advance past bluffing), but their physical attributes make them capable adversaries.  They usually fight by pulling and biting, and the forceful motion of their arms during a struggle can potentially be impactive.  The gorilla will likely have more brute strength than the lion on a pound-for-pound basis (and perhaps an absolute basis), but the ape won't have an effective enough means of using that advantage before the lion mauls it or uses its speed and agility to get into a favorable position and sink in a finishing bite (throat or spine).  The lion will have a better idea of what it needs to do in this fight than the gorilla will, and will dominate this encounter.  Even a lioness will be heavily favored to defeat a gorilla in a face-to-face battle.  Lion wins.

Green Anaconda vs Nile Crocodile: A Nile crocodile can weigh between 2 1/2 and 5 times as much as a green anaconda.  Crocodiles have incredibly strong jaws, and use these to clamp onto prey items (to drag into the water and drown).  Their hides are covered in osteoderms (bony plates) that provide good protection from attack.  Anacondas are excellent ambush predators, but are poor fighters when face-to-face with another large animal.  These constrictors are powerful enough to suffocate an animal as large as a horse, and few escape its coils once the snake seizes its victim.  The Nile crocodile, however, is simply too large to be killed by the anaconda's coils, and the crocodile's massive bite can damage the skull or spinal column of the snake.  Regardless of location (land or water), the Nile crocodile wins.

Polar Bear vs Bengal Tiger: A polar bear can weigh 2 1/2 times as much as a Bengal tiger.  Polar bears are very strong animals from nose-to-tail, and use this strength to accomplish many impressive feats (tackling walruses, pulling seals out of the water, bashing holes through thick ice).  They also have thick blubber under their fur.  Bengal tigers are superb hunters of large animals (including gaur and water buffalo), and have typical felid attributes (speed, agility, athleticism, explosive movements, jaws & claws, killing know-how).  Big cats and bears usually match up well at similar weights, but a polar bear weighing over twice as much as a tiger will have too many advantages.  The bear will be much stronger, more durable, and have better stamina.  The Bengal tiger won't be able to control the positioning well enough to secure a finishing bite against this much larger mammal, and won't hold up against the biting and clawing of the ursid.  Polar bear wins.

Clouded Leopard vs Raccoon: A clouded leopard can weigh twice as much as a raccoon.  The clouded leopard is a powerful felid with great agility and athleticism.  It has strong jaws armed with long canine teeth (as long as matchsticks) that it uses to quickly dispatch prey.  In some ways, it's like a miniature saber-toothed cat.  A raccoon is a somewhat rotund mammal with a furry gray coat and a bushy ringed tail.  Raccoons typically predate upon grasshoppers, crickets, fish, voles, mice, crayfish, frogs, and other small animals.  Young raccoons are sometimes preyed upon by foxes, eagles, owls, and bobcats.  Adult raccoons are fierce fighters (sharp teeth & claws), and have been known to do quite well against dogs many times their own size.  A raccoon can hold its own against many animals in its weight range, but it would be a bit outmatched against a clouded leopard.  The clouded leopard would be able to use its forepaws to control positioning of the battle, and quickly find an area to sink its long canines into.  Clouded leopard wins.

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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.

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