This is the part 5 of fight in the wild series. The first part involved a fighting Cheetah Vs African Lion whereas in the second part, we Spotted Hyena wrestled Grey Wolf. The third part was king of a stalemate between Hippopotamus and Bull Shark. The fourth part was a decisive Eagle victory against the larger Vulture.
Western Lowland Gorilla Vs Grizzly Bear
Let’s begin with Western Lowland Gorilla first:
- The western lowland gorilla is one of two subspecies of the western gorilla that lives in montane, primary and secondary forests and lowland swamps in central Africa in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
- Western lowland adult male gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) are about 1.7 m (66.9 in.) in body length and weigh about 169.5 kg (374 lbs.). Adult females are about 1.5 m (59.1 in.) in body length and weigh about 71.5 kg (158 lbs.).
- They travel within a home range averaging 8–45 km2. Gorillas do not display territorial behavior, and neighboring groups often overlap ranges. The group usually favours a certain area within the home range but seems to follow a seasonal pattern depending upon the availability of ripening fruits and, at some sites, localised large open clearings (swamps and “bais”). Gorillas normally travel 3–5 km (1.9–3.1 mi) per day.
- Their intelligence is displayed through their ability to fashion natural materials into tools that help them gather food more conveniently.
- Western lowland gorillas primarily live in rain forests, swamp forest, brush, secondary vegetation, clearing and forest edges, abandoned farming fields and riverine forests. They live in primary and secondary lowland tropical forests that have elevations that extend from sea level up to 1,300 meters.
- The grizzly bear, also known as the North American brown bear or simply grizzly, is a large population or subspecies of the brown bear inhabiting North America.
- Meriwether Lewis and William Clark first described it as grisley, which could be interpreted as either “grizzly” (i.e., “grizzled”—that is, with golden and grey tips of the hair) or “grisly” (“fear-inspiring”, now usually “gruesome”). Scary, isn’t it?
- Average Life span in the wild: 25 years. Size: 5 to 8 feet. Weight: 800 pounds
- These awe-inspiring giants tend to be solitary animals—with the exception of females and their cubs—but at times they do congregate. Dramatic gatherings of grizzly bears can be seen at prime Alaskan fishing spots when the salmon run upstream for summer spawning
- Grizzly bears are powerful, top-of-the-food-chain predators, yet much of their diet consists of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, and roots. Bears also eat other animals, from rodents to moose.
The Fight: Warm Vs the Cold
Let’s first start with the aggression. As per the recent discoveries from the wild, grizzly bears are very, very aggressive. They’re known for their incredible short temper. However, the Gorilla is not far behind. Don’t mess with either of these animals. If, in the fight, we see both of these animals in their full strength trying to take each other down, Grizzly bears will win the battle in a very close fight.
But, let’s check out a different scenario. Let’s see Gorilla’s defence vs bear’s offence. In this case, it will be a proper stalemate as it is clinically impossible for the bear to break Gorilla’s defence in any scenario.
When it comes to sheer strength, bear will win again because of its sheer strength and ability to tear down the opponent. However, gorilla will not go down without a fight. It will be a close battle with both these mighty wonders of the wild seriously injuring each other but in the end, the Grizzly Bear will prevail. Maybe, just maybe we could see a stalemate followed by a bear hug. Gorillas cannot be underestimated but I am leaning towards a Bear victory here.