Before polar bears became our most iconic symbol of climate change, they were more often a symbol of terrifying animal strength. Anyone old enough to have played pioneering fight game Tekken 2 in the mid nineties will likely remember the polar bear, Kuma. Other characters had laser beams which blasted out of their eyes or fists which turned into balls of fire, but Kuma’s special move was actually the most satisfying – lumbering to his feet he would smash both of his enormous claws together, dropping even the strongest enemy to the floor quivering and bleeding, and very often dead.
Wolves hold a special and fearful place in the human imagination. After all, the idea of the werewolf has terrified us for almost two millennia. A form of the werewolf appears in ancient Greek sources, although the concept began truly flourishing in European myths from the fifteenth century onwards. It soon spread to America, and even led to so-called werewolves being persecuted and killed as part of the international witch trials. It’s hard to imagine another animal creating quite the same kind of fear – weremooses, weresheep and even werefoxes just don’t feel quite as chilling.
One of the most dangerous and fierce animals in the animal kingdom is actually the hippopotamus. Their size, strength and aggressiveness makes them a formidable opponent against most animals. Let see how they would stack up in a fight against other apex predators from the animal kingdom.
Silverback Gorillas are one of the strongest and intimating animals on the planet. The large primates can lift over ten times their body weight and with the rare exception of a leopard, have no natural predators. They and are truly the king of their jungle. However, what would happen if this king of the jungle had to fight the other kings of the jungle, a male lion? What about a tiger? A grizzly bear?