Animal duels have always been fascinating. We often forget how powerful some animals can be until we see them get in a fight with another fierce creature. This is why we have the question of who wins in the contest Gorilla Vs. Grizzly.
We’ve already witnessed some famous animal fights on the Nat Geo and Discovery channels. This one unpopular duel is yet to be unveiled – maybe because we’ve never seen them together.
Who would win in the Gorilla Vs. Grizzly match? – a Grizzly Bear or a Silverback Gorilla?
So, till now, a Gorilla vs. Grizzly battle hasn’t happened yet. So, we will assume an ideal scenario and compare both these animals according to their size, height, body features, and fighting abilities.
Before that, let’s suppose both the animals would battle in the open. You could use a grass field.
Both the animals have no prior injuries, are entirely healthy, and can knock their opponents dead. We can also consider their size.
A gorilla is almost human-sized, whereas the Grizzly is much longer and bigger. We often see big-sized opponents winning the rounds. Let’s make both these animals’ profiles to understand their skills better.
So, let’s get an insight into our opponents for the Gorilla Vs. Grizzly match up.
- Its average height is 5 to 6’.
- Its average weight is 300 to 400 pounds.
- Its defensive mechanisms are bites.
- Silverback Gorillas are strong too.
- Its average height is about 10’.
- Its average weight is 700 to 800 pounds.
- Its defensive mechanism is its bite and spear-like claws.
- Grizzly Bears are super strong.
These are the average dimensions of our opponents. However, an obese gorilla can weigh as much as 500 lbs maximum. On the other hand, we have also seen Kodiak bears that were incredibly massive and weighed almost two to three times heavier than their average weight – nearly 1500 to 2000 lbs.
Fight Style Analysis
If we take a closer look, both Gorilla and Grizzly have an almost identical style of knocking their opponents. Both these beasts would stand on their hind feet and fiercely face-off their enemies to defeat them.
Gorillas have strong paws. Their primary weapon is their bite. An attacking gorilla would throw multiple fists and bites upon their enemy.
Grizzlies, on the other hand, would swipe with their razor-blade claws. They won’t sound like a Gorilla but ensure that their lethal blades would slice their opponent. Moreover, their bites would rip the flesh apart.
The main difference appears when we compare both their sizes. A Grizzly is much taller than the Gorilla, and they also could be twice heavier. In simpler words, what would happen if a skinny person would fight with a Sumo wrestler?
When we take a closer look at their defense mechanism, a Gorilla lacks it more. Their skins are not too thick, making them especially vulnerable when a Grizzly’s claws are tearing it.
A Grizzly can easily rip the flesh apart from the Gorilla. It might even break the thicker bones of the Gorilla.
The strength of the Gorilla, as shown in the media, is somehow overhyped. The reason is that we compare a Gorilla’s power to that of a human. The Gorilla’s strength is true to some extent as they can knock smaller or equal opponents.
But, a wild Grizzly is no joke. We have seen bears attacking people and instantly killing them. Gorillas are no exception.
Grizzly bears can quickly move trees, relocate heavy stones and move heavy objects – something a Gorilla would struggle to do.
Another exciting factor is that a Grizzly bear’s skin is tough. When I say tough, it means thick layers of body fats – almost 7 inches. Their skulls are practically impossible to penetrate with any bullet.
Many hunters claim that they were unable to kill a Grizzly bear even with a 9-mm pistol. The reason is their thicker skull bones. A hunter can kill a gorilla with a 9-mm gun, but bears are more challenging. This further implies that if a 9-mm bullet didn’t kill the Grizzly, what good would come out of the Gorilla punch?
The best defensive strategy a Gorilla has its bites. A gorilla bite is so lethal that it can instantly kill a person. If we talk about Grizzly bear, then a Gorilla’s bite would do fatal damage to it, but an instant kill is somehow questionable.
The Grizzly bear’s neck is thicker than a Gorilla, so they can’t just snap or choke the Bear. A Gorilla could easily snap and choke a weaker opponent’s neck with its strong paws, but a bear is a much bigger fish.
On the counter, a Grizzly Bear has two weapons to finish off the Gorilla – the claws and the bites.
As I already told before, A Grizzly Bear has a fatal set of claws. It’s a predator that has ten daggers like claws. Another advantage Grizzly gets over Gorilla is its height. They are longer than Gorillas which makes their paws directly aligned with the Gorilla’s neck and chest.
The Gorilla couldn’t reach the Grizzly’s neck; therefore, its paws wouldn’t do much damage. A Gorilla, when standing, has almost the height of a human.
Who Would Win?
So, here comes the final verdict.
Let me recap my analysis.
A Gorilla is about 400 lbs heavy, stands as tall as a human, can bite its opponent, and has fierce hands which he can pound on its enemy.
A Grizzly Bear is double the weight, about 800 lbs average, can be twice as long as the Gorillas, and has dagger-like claws that can cut through flesh and bones. Its skin is impossible to penetrate and has a rigid skull that even a 9-mm pistol cannot damage.
The difference is noticeable. In an ideal case, the Bear would indeed win.
If you need a more straightforward explanation, assume this. What could happen when you put an average height wrestler with a lean body against a wrestler with wolverine claws, double the height, and weight?
Of course, the lean wrestler would fight his last game, just like our opponent Gorilla, who has been dead long thanks to the claws attack by the Grizzly.
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