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chris wrote at 2012-06-21 22:12:34
Short faced bears actually have weak bites because of their jaw. It totally would not be able to pierce through a rhino's hide at all. They had very big paws with very big powerful claws that produce very strong swipes. The short faced bear has no chance against a rhino face to face. Rhinos have very thick armor-like hide, large size, and a very big horn that protects itself from injuries. If the short faced bear tried to swipe its paws at the rhino's shoulder, the rhino can charge and gore the short faced bear with its powerful big horn.


gary wrote at 2012-07-01 21:52:43
3000 lb Short faced bear vs 3000 lb Black rhino?



At given weights, it is a close matchup. The black rhino and short faced bear are both very aggressive, and have advantages over each other. The short faced bear hunted large animals that were 2 times its weight. But since the black rhino is very fast and has a very sharp horn, its charge would knock out the short faced bear.  


gary wrote at 2012-07-01 21:52:43
3000 lb Short faced bear vs 3000 lb Black rhino?



At given weights, it is a close matchup. The black rhino and short faced bear are both very aggressive, and have advantages over each other. The short faced bear hunted large animals that were 2 times its weight. But since the black rhino is very fast and has a very sharp horn, its charge would knock out the short faced bear.  


Fady wrote at 2013-05-06 16:20:48
Chris,



Agriotherium african, the giant short-faced bear had the strongest bite force of any terrestrial mammal. Its wide zygomatic arches coupled with its unusually high sagittal crest made the areas of muscle attachment capacious.



The work of renown biomechanist Stephen Wroe of the University of New South Wales confirms that the short-faced bear had a higher bite force all extant bear species and felid species.



You can see this article for more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/15559929



Besides that, and despite common mythology, the vast majority of bears do not hunt their prey via paw swipes. Rather, they will try to control the prey's head area and grapple with it until the specimen in question is effectively enervated, in which case they will proceed to feed on it while it is still alive.



I hope this helps.



Best regards,



Fady


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I can answer questions relating to species interaction, as well as hypothetical faceoffs. Questions relating to hypothetical interaction can be answered as well, including other aspects of interspecies conflict.

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To date, I'm still finishing up high school. Although, I've had experience with animals both in and outside of the field. I've also read about animals (wild) most of my life.

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