Videos of animals fighting each other

September 8th, 2008 · 20 Comments

In 2004, Animal Planet, in one of the greatest fits of mad genius in television programming history, produced a show that had a simple, captivating premise–pit two wild animals against eachother in a battle to the death to see who wins. What was this amazing show, you ask? No, I’m not talking about Blind Date. This show was called Animal Face-Off.

Of course the showdowns were only hypothetical–animal experts would work with engineers to construct mechanical replicas of different animals’ bodies that would stand in for the real thing. They’d also recreate the battle using really crappy CGI. Some of these clips are available on YouTube, and the Animal Face-Off Wikipedia page has a good rundown of how the battles played out.

The thing is, I think Animal Planet may have flubbed some of the results of the battles. This may have been useful for upping the dramatic potential, but I was interested in seeing if there were any videos of actual animal fights on YouTube to shed light on these hypothetical match-ups. I was not disappointed. What follows are some of the best of what I found …

Lion vs. Tiger

The Lion vs. Bengal Tiger episode of Animal Face-Off was one of the shows biggest upsets and certainly goes against what experts have to say about this epic match. But nonetheless, here’s how it played out on the show:

And here’s footage of an actual lion fighting a tiger, backed up by some awesome rap music. We can see clearly that a male lion (who only does 10% of his own hunting) will run away like a b**** when encountered with a real predator. The female lion doesn’t even seem to care:

Polar Bear vs. Walrus

Come on. The polar bear is the biggest land predator in the world. No way some fat walrus is going to win this. Clearly Animal Planet was pandering to its heavily pro-walrus advertisers:

OK, 99 times out of 100 that walrus isn’t going to be able to use his tusks. Now here’s a gory clip of a polar bear walrus brawl that went down in real life. The walrus is “virtually helpless against the polar bear’s assault.” Guess that takes Animal Face-Off’s “virtual” fight off the table, doesn’t it? Thank you, National Geographic:

Tiger vs. Armed men riding elephants

Unfortunately, Animal Face-Off wasn’t on the air long enough to get down to a face-off of this sort, although adding different elements into the mix may have been a good approach to take the show beyond 12 episodes. Good news is, we’ve got foot-age of this match-up in real life. What you are seeing in the below video is a group of men riding elephants in order to hunt down a tiger who has been attacking villagers in a rural village in India. It would appear that the tiger is screwed. Watch on (wait for it):

Hippo vs. Crocodile

Ever look into an animal’s eyes and realize that you’ll never really know exactly what it’s thinking? Hippos are reputed to be one of the most dangerous and malicious animals in Africa, so keep that in mind as you watch this video:

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimjim78 // Sep 9, 2008 at 8:52 am

    wow i never expected that hippo to save that gazelle. amazing.

  • 2 yUnGbRiNk // Sep 9, 2008 at 10:09 am

    yeeah dats my dawg, dat tiger done run up on dat lion. he run awa like he to scared to fight. NO HOMO DAWG.

  • 3 DixKile // Sep 9, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Haha there u see a fucking viciouse polar bear and all those hippie pussies like sarah mcglocklin go “save the polar bears”

  • 4 GawgaBwoy69 // Sep 9, 2008 at 10:33 am

    @ yUnGbRiNk

    dawg that lion was outnumbered, them tigers dont play fair.

  • 5 LeSPauldude45 // Sep 9, 2008 at 10:41 am

    omg DixKile ur a fukn idiot the polar bears r drowning and or starving and r near extinction just cause u saw a vid of 1 polar bear getting a meal doesnt mean they rnt in danger…and b4 u go assuming im some hippy Im NOT i just like starting arguments

  • 6 Friesen Point // Sep 9, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Hey Joel, have you ever heard of a book by Chris Bachelder called “Bear Vs. Shark?” It came out in 2002 and told the story of a dystopian future when all the population and all the media is obsessed with the hypothetical question of who would win in a fight between a bear and a shark, assuming the fight took place in deep enough water for the shark to move, but not so deep that the bear drowns. I have a real suspicion that Animal Planet came up with the idea for the show after reading that book.

  • 7 Joel // Sep 10, 2008 at 8:35 am

    I hadn’t heard of Bear vs. Shark but I am looking at it on Google books right now and it looks awesome. I’ll have to pick it up.

  • 8 Addicted2DaWeed // Sep 10, 2008 at 10:32 am

    fucking hunters!!
    too bad the tiger did’nt ripped his arm off..

  • 9 HorseMan50 // Sep 11, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    go wrestle w/ a tiger

  • 10 HorseMan50 // Sep 11, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    ppl who put their life at risk to save the community are not idiots PPL LIKE YOU ARE who dont even read captions bef commeting

  • 11 HorseMan50 // Sep 11, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    wat goes comes around u ll be eaten too

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