Compare Bengal Tiger vs Jaguar

By | July 2, 2021

Who will win the fight between Bengal Tiger and Jaguar?

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Compare Bengal Tiger Vs Jaguar, Tiger is the largest living felid ever exist on the planet and in tiger sub species Siberian and Bengal tiger are the largest one rest 6 species are smaller than these two, Bengal tiger can weigh up to 200 kg with the head & body length of nearly 6 ft. It is the national animal of both India and Bangladesh.

Jaguar is the South American only living felid of genus Panthera and it is the world 3rdlargest cat after Tiger at first and Lion at second. Jaguars can weigh up to 100 kg with the total head & body length of near about 5 ft 2 inch to 5 ft 9 inch. It is the largest cat in North and South America.

Bengal Tiger are the most numerous tiger sub species in the world especially found in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh but still they are in the list of “endangered animal” as declared by IUCN. They love to live in lush green forest where they can ambush and hunt its prey, they are very good swimmers unlike other big cats excluding jaguar who is also very good swimmer.

Bengal Tiger vs Jaguar Comparison

Bengal Tiger vs Jaguar Comparison

Jaguars are found in central and South America especially in Mexico, Brazil and Peru. Like tigers, Jaguars are also the solitary hunters who love to hunt and live alone in the jungle of Amazon.

Though Bengal tiger has the advantage of weight and length over South American Jaguar but still American jaguar has some advantage over Bengal tiger that jaguar can climb the tree like leopard which Bengal tiger can’t do.

Bengal tiger feed on chital, wild pigs, gaur, water buffalo, Nilgai, wild boar and they also feed on small mammals like porcupines, hares and goat & on the other hand American jaguar feed on adult caiman, pig, tapir, large rodent, cattle, ungulate, capybaras and fox etc.

Now let’s compare tiger and jaguar physical measurement, diet and habitat in given below table on compare Bengal tiger vs Jaguar.

Compare Bengal Tiger Vs Jaguar:

AnimalsBengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger
Species Panthera tigrisP.onca
Average Head & Body Length 6 ft5 ft 6 inch
Tail Length 2 ft 9 inch2 ft 5 inch
DietChital, Wild Pigs, Gaur, Water Buffalo, Nilgai and Wild BoarAdult caiman, Tapir, Large Rodent, Ungulate, Capybaras and Fox
Average Weight210 kg100 kg
AreaIndia, Bangladesh, Nepal and BhutanCentral America and South America
StatusEndangeredNear Threatened
Average Life Span10 years13 years

According to size and weight Bengal tiger is far stronger than American jaguar, Bengal tiger is also very intelligent than jaguar because of larger cranial volume and brain. Looking at the prey both jaguar and Bengal tiger feed on dangerous animals, Jaguar also feed on other natural predators like wolf, fox, caiman, anaconda and alligator in Central & Southern America on the other side Bengal tiger is also known for killing other natural predators like Leopard (very much similar to jaguar), Bear and wolf. Knowing this you can sense how dangerous Bengal Tiger is.

Both Tiger and Jaguar are the world most dangerous and fiercer wild cats including lion, cheetah, cougar and Leopard. Both can kill his prey with one single bite but due to over heavy size and weight Bengal tiger always has the upper hand over jaguar.

Head to Head Fight:

If there is a head to head fight between Bengal Tiger and jaguar then there is the 100% chance of Bengal Tiger winning but unlike others, jaguar can escape from tiger because it can climb the tree and also swim in water.

93 thoughts on “Compare Bengal Tiger vs Jaguar

  1. janindu Galaxy

    Bengal tiger vs Jaguar is a very interesting fight. Tiger is bigger and stronger but the jaguar is faster and more agile.SO I will say it can go either ways in a fight between this two carnivores..

    1. Nathan Siegel

      Tigers bite force is 1050 psi, Jaguar bite force is 2,000psi, only behind, bears,,alligators and crocs. Tiger outweighs a Jaguar about 25-275 pounds. Jaguars are smaller but faster can swim and climb trees. Tigers are my favorite animals but in a 1 on 1 a Jaguar would win a fight, kill the Tiger or run away.

        1. truthneverlies

          i think you must go and cheack you facts. tiger has the strongest bit force in the big cat family. only on similar sizes jaguar has higher bit force than a tiger. also when it comes to agility tiger is no1 in the carnivora world, rated by animal planet

          1. truthneverlies

            sorry not agility but muscle strenght (rated by animal planet)

          2. vj

            i think there is a wrong in formation the average weight of bengal tiger 240ks not 210,

          3. anaonomyous

            dude can tiger but through skull or turtle shell? NO ONLY JAGUAR BECAUSE JAGUAR HAS STRONGEST BITE FORCE FOOL but I think Tiger would win because it’s stronger or larger but the Jag would give it a run for it’s money and put up a great fight, even though Jag is my favorite animal I have no problem admitting it would lose

          4. Ask ypurself

            First of all, jaguar’s bite force is 2000 psi but the tiger’s bite force is 1,050 psi . Jaguars use a a technique which is crushing the skull of it’s prey with ONE bite so no doubt that the jaguar will kill the tiger.

          5. william

            get your facts straight man jaguars actually have the strongest bite of any mammal and not just for size there is no other big cat that is able to bite directly through bone that’s why lion, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, and cougars go fro the unprotected throat while jaguars either go for a direct bite for the skull or will just try and completely sever the vertebrae in spine.

          6. Lion heart 07

            Tiger’s biteforce is strong but a Jaguar’s biteforce will still be stronger than that of tiger, even if the jaguar is small.

        2. Marlon merinoo

          They forgotten that the jaguar kill gigant anaconda on the warter or land i dont think the tiger would make it agains the gigant anaconda why is that because the bite has lots to do with it

      1. M.Srijith

        But there is no way a tiger can kill a jaguar …because even if tiger try to kill the jaguar it can escape easily….so there is no way for a tiger to kill a jaguar……. jaguar is faster than tiger…….jaguar bite force is more than tiger………jaguar can climb trees but tiger cant……jaguar can swim faster than tiger…jaguar have more stamina than tiger…… can even kill a adult caiman which is a crocodile…….but tiger cant kill a crocodile ……jaguar can escape tiger and make the tiger tired and can kill it

      2. Big 1

        The brazilian jaguar weight up to 380 pounds he eats gigants anacondas,alegator an humans .

    2. vj

      tiger is the agile cat in the world, that ‘s not my stament but it’s a scientific fact, a tiger is so much agile that it can take down a brown bear(russian ber) and even crocodiles(in india)

      1. Anonymous

        Um no, tigers are not the most agile. Cheetahs are more agile than them. Jaguars can take down caimans and wild boars. It’s not a scientific fact that tigers are the most agile.

    3. Soumyajit Paikray

      Tigers are agile too….
      They have more muscles
      Tigers are great swimmers too

    4. Dumisani

      No chance. Tiger wins easily. Don’t fool yourself please.

    5. tigerwins

      Tigers are the only carnivores known to kill water buffaloes and gaur(check out this guy) alone. Only the polar and grizzly/brown bears can rival it.

  2. Karl Hughes

    Both are exceptionally well armed killers with the most powerful jaws of the Big Cats and with an ability to swim well they hunt the most diverse prey including other predators. Bengal tigers are bigger with a size advantage; being smaller with a lower centre of gravity jaguars would be slightly quicker and more agile..

    I would go for the Bengal tiger..jaguars are extremely powerful pound for pound with a huge bite force but Bengal tigers also have powerful jaws and are much larger….even if they shared the same living space they would avoid one another, and a Bengal tiger would not hunt or kill a jaguar with the same regularity as it does with the smaller leopard…the tiger would not risk injury; however, the tiger could chase away a jaguar off kills as they frequantly do with leopards… Adult Bengal tigers In the northern sub continent can weigh over 250kg and are the top predator in their environment; only huge packs of wild dholes, the indian wild dog, and humans with guns are a threat to them.

  3. janindu Galaxy

    I agree with almost all things you have mentioned. But the only thing I disagree with you is that a Tiger will be able to chase away an adult Jaguar from its kill. An adult healthy Jaguar will most probably fight with a Tiger if it tries to steal its prey.

  4. dsa

    As any of these animals can kill with a single bite in the head, the bigger size only makes it a larger target. I believe that the Jaguar’s climbing skills for ambushes are much more important here.

  5. Anonymous

    Bengal Tiger of course. Pound for pound, Jaguar is extremely powerful, but the tiger is built to be stronger intelligent. Bite force of jaguar is more but they are dominated by sheer mass and power of the tiger. And Bengal tigers are different than other tigers. They keep up their strength by regularly climbing the straightest and tallest of trees, swimming and hunting adult elephants occasionally.

    1. Jishnu prasad

      Srijith have u ever came across a news that a cat had attacked and killed an adult elephant . But it is happened more than one time . This news was reported from the Indian state of Kerala . The forest department confirms several same instances . I am from that state . So I can confirm you the news . Not even lions thinks about attacking elephants . This shows that they are too strong and fierce . They will take down anything infront it them . Not to forget that they are the biggest and most intelligent in the cat family . They can also swim and climb trees . They are only cats which can even fight by the support of rear legs .


    I think if there is a head to hhead fight between jaguar and tiger, tiger will have a upper hand on jaguar because of greater intelligence, paw force,weight. But at the same time jaguar has more stamina and has a much greaer and stronger jaw force than tiger. So though tiger can kill jaguar but if jaguar will get a golden chance, he can also kill the tiger. Moreover he can run faster than tiger.

    1. Jay

      Jaguars bite force isn’t stronger than Tiger, Jaguar’s bite force only stronger in pound for pound. Tiger bite force is the strongest of all big cats. And no Jaguar on this planet earth can kill an adult Tiger, even if it gets the golden chance, cuz the Tiger is too powerful for the Jaguar, it’ll kill the Jaguar any way

    2. M.Srijith

      Jaguar’s bite force is greater than any of the big cat ……even while not in pound to pound///// Jaguar’s bite force is 2000 psi where as tiger”s bite force is 1050 psi…..

  7. FK

    This is all wrong, the jaguar is stealthier, stronger, stronger jaws and teeth. A jaguar can kill a tiger. Jaguars go into crocodiles habitats and kill them in one second. The tiger can grow up to 13 feet not 6 feet and can weigh up to 650 pounds not 210 kilograms. Jaguars can weigh up to 500 pounds not 100 kilograms and they can grow up to 6-8 feet not 5 feet 6 inches. The jaguar will kill the tiger in about 10 minutes.

    1. Guru

      Hey Bengal Tiger win easily in head to head fight. Recently a Bengal Tiger killed an African lion in ankara zoo in turkish with single paw swipe. So jaguar never beat a Bengal Tiger in head to head fight

      1. M.Srijith

        lion is far different than jaguar ……………jaguar is the ultimate big cat…………. it can run,swim,climb trees faster than tiger ….. even jaguar has bite force stronger than tiger’s … is much powerful than lion

        1. joGAN EYE

          well really i mean jaguar is really a tough beast to take down but don’t underestimate the Bengal tiger, jaguar are most known for agility and there immense Bite force also , it run 50 kilometers per hour, which is not bad and it can climb trees with ease . The Bengal tiger is very strong and muscular and fat which gives a harder time for an animal to take it down . Sure a Bengal tiger can only run 40 kilometer per hour . But tigers can leap up to 9 -10 meters . Bengal tiger can easily take down a lion .In fact even any tiger is 50 times stronger than humans . Which make a 20 times stronger than jaguars. in my opinion the Royal Bengal tiger would not Hesitate to show no mercy and smash the jaguar. HEY OUT TO YOU JAGUAR FANS DONT BE TRIGGERED BY THIS COMMENT AND DONT SLAP UR FACE ON UR KEYBORAD. ATFER THIS IS JUST MY OPINON . LOL

    2. Parthiban Karunanidhi

      @FK . Dont blabber something man. Tiger more ferocious than leopard. Tiger killed as many as lions itself. Out of 10 fights in olden days, tiger killed lion in eight fights. In the case of leopard, it’ll smash leopard in one kick.Leopard weights maximum 100 kgs. But tiger weights upto 226 kgs. muscular and bone weight.

    3. vj

      jaguar never hunts crocodiles. they never co-exist. they only kill camines which are half the size of an indian crocodiles. tigers are known to kill indian crocodiles.

      1. M.Srijith

        so what do u say ……if i say…… kills anaconda and it kills adult caimans……..can tiger kill a anaconda huh………tiger success rate of killing a prey is only 5 to 20 % .. but jaguar’s is far more than tiger because it live’s in central america and in amazon ,…….it can eat anything from a tapir to an anaconda ……so without any doubt we can say jaguar’s success rate is more than that of tiger’s

    4. AP

      No, I am afraid you are wrong… Both tigers and jaguars are equally stealthy (with a slight edge to the tiger) and as far as jaws go – the results are mixed. Some studies show that a jaguar’s bite is harder than that of a tiger’s, while some show that it is slightly higher. However, on average, I think it is fair to assume that the tiger has more powerful jaws.

      Tigers can weigh up to 650 lbs, but the average is 450 – 500 lbs. Larger Bengal tigers are ~575 lbs. Also, I don’ t think wild jaguars weigh 500 lbs… The largest ones are ~350 lbs, while the average is ~ 250 – 300 lbs.

      Now, a jaguar could kill a tiger in “10 minutes” with a skull bite, but this will be difficult because adult tigers have huge heads and they can also stand on their hind legs which can save it from the jaguar’s bite.

      1. AP

        And one more thing:
        Jaguars kill caimen, not crocodiles – there is a difference. They do kill black which can be up to ~20 feet in length though.

        Tigers have also killed crocodiles within minutes two. Check out the video on Youtube of a < 130 kg tigress killing a Mugger crocodile twice her size.

        And I meant to say, in my previous post, "slightly lower."

  8. Anonymous

    See guys. The answer is definitely Bengal Tiger. Did you know that Bengal tigers are even stronger than Siberian tigers, because they have higher muscle density? Denser the muscles, the stronger you are.

    And yes, Jaguar doesn’t have highest bite force in big cats. That’s only the case when all big cats were the same size. As far as reality is concerned, African Lion is 600 psi, Jaguar 700 psi, Siberian Tiger 900 psi and Bengal Tiger 1050 psi. Bengal Tiger tops the list.

    After seeing Bengal tigers hunting full grown rhinos, elephants and crocodiles successfully all alone, I’d say it would have no problem defeating a jaguar.

      1. Dileep VM

        You forgot to mention one thing,In this fight,the Bengal Tiger was alone while the Siberian tiger was being helped by another tiger, So it was a 2 on one fight.In a few other video clips of fights between these two–Hobbi the Bengal tiger and Final 16,the Siberain Tiger,Hobbi utterly dominates the Siberian,but again the third tiger comes in and attacks Hobbi and rescues Final 16.

    1. AP

      Good post, but keep in mind that some studies (not all, but some) have shown that a jaguar’s bite is stronger than a tiger, to ~ 2000 PSI. However, these are only a few studies, and the tiger usually has a more powerful bite.

      Also, though it has been recorded that an African lion’s bite force is 650 PSI (not 600 PSI), but also know that lions only bite enough force to kill their prey – if they wanted to, they could bite much harder than that.

      And… Bengal tigers have taken down full grown rhinos (though rhino is pretty rare) and crocodiles , elephants are questionable. Bengals will only go after calves, juveniles, or sick/elderly/dying individuals. It is very rare for them to take down a full grown one.

  9. James W.

    I doubt you have ever seen any such thing.. maybe you’ve seen a video..
    I have not yet seen a video of a dhole pack attacking a tiger..
    ..only read about such tall-stories told by cheeky natives..

    In Africa wild dogs fear lions greatly, & are persecuted by them relentlessly..

  10. Pilot18

    Tiger is much stronger than Jaguars but Jaguars’s bite force is powerful I voted the Bengal tigers because they larger than Jaguars

  11. James W.

    Anon, Indian dholes don’t even attack people.
    Karanth, local tiger authority, is on record as stating – it is most unlikely for tigers to be attacked either.
    So, such Indian ‘stories’ told by excitable natives to impress tourists – cannot be accepted at face value.

    Even ‘huge packs’ are not going to around for long – if they attempt to select tigers as prey of choice,
    since that would be suicidal, even according to those fanciful tall tales told by low IQ inbred natives..
    & nature simply does not work in such a way.

  12. Anonymous

    They do attack people sometimes. it’s rare, but they do.

  13. Anonymous

    You’re right at one point. They usually won’t go attacking tigers. But dholes are biggest enemies of Bengal tigers, just like hyenas being biggest enemies of lions.

  14. James W.

    Boss lions habitually persecute hyenas, on sight.
    & they do African wild dogs too ( dholes wouldn’t stand a chance).

    In fact, lions drive dogs out of their hunting areas, as Siberian tigers do to wolves..

    I guess Indian tigers must be the “pussies” of their kind, if we are to believe such
    “unlikely ” dhobi-wallah stories.. eh, Arundhoti..

  15. James W.

    & Arunymouse, if dhole are really so fierce,
    how is it that bears do still exist in India?
    Bears no longer live in Africa, since they could not compete with lions..

    Competition is less tough in India, & so are the toughest of the animal thugs.. lions.
    ( to be fair, that is due to the fairly recent advent of humans hunting them there).

  16. Anonymous

    Bengal tigers aren’t pussies. It would be a huge mistake to say that. They are the bravest of all tigers and big cats. Their courage exceeds those of lions.
    Normally, a lion is braver than a tiger, but Bengal Tiger is an exception to that. They go about hunting crocodiles, fully grown elephants and rhinos all alone. And eat their lunch in the middle of highways not paying heed to the blaring horns.

    In the earlier times, huge packs of dholes attacking tigers was much more common. The maximum reported has been a pack of 24 of those brutes, and the tiger had killed 18 of those before dying itself. It’s not common now, it’s more of a rarity. VERY rare, I’d say.

    Lions still have to encounter hyenas, (though the hyena clans may get massacred.) But Bengal tigers don’t encounter dholes AS often as African lions.
    However, they ARE the biggest enemies of Bengal tigers.

    But, weren’t we talking about a Jaguar vs Bengal Tiger fight? XD!!

  17. Allen

    Pound for pound,the jaguar is probably the strongest cat followed by the leopard but in this fight,the tiger wins due to it being much bigger and stronger.But the jaguar having the most powerful jaws of all felids would still be able to inflict severe injuries.

    1. Eli uncompromised

      A tiger has more advantages over a jaguar, but it will not risk injuries or possible death over territory claims. I say the jaguar will avoid a tiger 100percent and a tiger will do the same.
      In a fight between these two ,we have think about the possibilities of both contenders.
      Tiger is bigger and heavier /Jaguar is stronger and more agile. …both have a strong bite..but a jaguar either knows how to use his fangs better or his bite pressure is stronger. ..never seen a documentary about a tiger killing a cocodrile by piercing the skull…usually throat suffocation as a lion the does!
      I think the surprise factor can determine the out the wild. But in a face to face combat I pick the tiger…the cheer weight and size of the tiger can immobilized the jaguar enough time for the tiger to deliver the deadly bite.

  18. Swapnil G

    Come on guys Jaguars don’t have the strongest bite force… its only related to their size.
    Bengal Tiger have the strongest bite force of all big cats..

    1. Jennifer M Stepp

      You are 100% correct and a simple Google check would easily prove so. At least you didn’t revert to name calling because someone had a different view first. That’s just a butt hurt person.

  19. Olanrewaju Olugbenga

    If Tiger encounters Jaguar, it’s either they avoid each other or otherwise. Even if they are going to fight, it won’t be an easy task for either of them. Tiger is strong and powerful same as Jaguar, they are both brave and dangerous but remember that Tiger is balance that it can stand with its hind limbs when fighting and good at Wrestling, it has huge paws which it can use against the bite of Jaguar, size advantage is another weapon it has. Jaguar will only have chance to kill unhealthy Tiger, only Lion can kill healthy Tiger among all cat species.

  20. Uzor Lawrence

    Olenrewaju Olugbenga, who told you a lion can kill a healthy tiger? Lion as the king of the jungle is only possible where there are no tigers. A male lion cannot even kill a female tiger let alone a male tiger.

  21. Aka

    It can go either way, but I have my cash on the king of the jungle. Jaguars are more intelligent than tigers, faster, have more stamina, are more agile, have almost twice a tigers bite force. Ok, maybe the tiger can be stronger, but jaguar can kill anything pound to pound. Also jaguars are the most aquatic out of the four big cats and can also climb trees with the tiger lacks. Were not talking Siberian tiger anyways, were talking bengal tiger! I say jaguar would win

  22. Sagar Rai

    Bengal tiger has a 100% chance of winning the fight against Jaguar. Jaguar would have to run away at some point since it won’t be able to keep up for long with the higher strength and bigger size of Bengal tiger unless it’s on a suicide mission.

  23. Tony\Aka

    Ok ok… tiger would probably beat jaguar. Jaguar has a 40% chance of winning. aa jaguar COULD beat a tiger. But come on, dude. Your only giving jaguar stamina?

    1. AP

      James W,
      A lion would win more often than not against a jaguar, but a fight with a tiger would be pretty evenly matched.

  24. tigertiger

    Tiger would destroy any living thing on this planet, and other exoplanets and beyond.

  25. Nikhil

    Hey, just because jaguar has a stronger bite doesn’t mean that it wins. The Bengal tiger is still more stronger and ferocious.

  26. alexander

    i voted for the Bengal tiger they are ferocious and more intelligent.And the Bengal tiger can even kill a Brown bear and adult pythons.The only chance that a jaguar could kill a tiger if it ambush it.

  27. Raven

    All current species of Tiger can take on a Jaguar without issues.
    A Bengal is twice the cat…one swipe and Jag is out…
    Jag may have greater bite force. Tiger has bigger teeth and jaws and claws… which means more damage all around.

  28. AP

    Generally speaking, a Bengal tiger should win this more often than not – Not just because of the weight, but the tiger has longer canines, longer claws, and a more robust build. Plus, the tiger’s ability to stand on it’s hind legs can save it from the jaguar’s nasty skull bite.

    That being said, if the jaguar does get a solid bite on the tiger’s skull/back of neck, it would win comfortably – but that is a big IF. As far as the jaguar’s bite force goes – the results are mixed. Some studies show that a jaguar’s bite force is lower than a tiger/lion’s, while other’s show the opposite.

    1. James W.

      do some study of actual scientific papers,
      such as Yamaguchi et al has published,
      on felid morphology.

      With the obvious exception of the cheetah,
      the cat family shares its bauplan across a
      huge size range, & the biggest cats are
      the most powerful..

      The lion is the King of cats however, due
      to its recent evolutionary adaptations &
      advances – mainly from its very competitive
      communal lifestyle..

      The boss male lion, with his well-developed
      mane, & superior cardio-vascular capacity
      ‘Lion hearted’ is more than just – ‘tude..
      his proven talent in skilled combat gives
      him the edge over the others, along with
      his indomitable will to destroy – at any cost.

      The stripey cousin, let alone the puny spotted
      ones, cannot match his Kingly suite of attributes..

      1. AP

        James W,
        With all due respect, you seem biased towards the lion.

        The lion was given the titles “KIng of Beasts” and “King of the jungle” because of it’s royal appearance (the mane) and its lifestyle.

        I will certainly check out the studies you mentioned, but I also reccomend you check out some of the links I provide for lion vs tiger under the grizzly vs siberian tiger thread.

        1. James W.

          I’d like-wise suggest you look a bit deeper,
          into the attribution/reasons of/why lions were
          deemed ‘King of beasts – since back in ancient times.

          I am not “biased” – as I noted, there is actually
          only slight physical differences between Panthera
          species, other than size.. plus the lion’s more recent
          adaptive/evolutionary advances..

  29. AP

    James W,
    Lions do indeed hunt large prey. However, the largest prey item that a single lion can take down alone is the Cape Buffalo. It takes a LARGE LARGE pride to bring down an elephant or a rhino.

    There is no doubt that lions are one of the most impressive hunters among big cats. However, this is primarily because they live in prides, whereas as other big cats hunt solo.

    Also, lions are very aggressive and they do fight a lot. However, other big cats – like the Bengal tiger and the Pantanal Jaguar, are equally aggressive, and they often have to fight in order to win the heart of a female or to protect their territory.

  30. James W.

    CHECK Joubert!
    He watched a lone male lion – charge down, topple & kill, a 6y/o elephant!
    Look up ‘male lion hunts buffalo alone’ – on youtube.

    Lions are – notably – much more habitually bold in their aggression.
    This is one of the reasons they were titled ‘King’, whereas other panthera
    were described as ‘cunning, stealthy, sneaky, calculating , malcious &cruel’.

  31. AP

    James W,
    I have checked Joubert – and you are right. A lone male lion did topple over and kill a 6 year old elephant. However, the key part is 6 YEARS OLD. This means that the elephant was a juvenile. There has not been a single case of a lone 500 pound male lion taking down a 6-8 ton male elephant. And I have already admitted that a lone male lion can take down a buffalo…

    Lions are bold and courageous – however, it is a huge misconception that other panthera are cruel. Take the tiger for example. They are considered cruel because of the British. When the British took over India, they wanted India’s national animal, the tiger to be considered evil, and their national animal, the lion, to be considered courageous. In fact, in real life, tigers are nicer than lions because tigers will let the cubs and females feed at a kill first – unlike lions, who do the oppossite.

    Sorry for going on a tangent. I just wanted to show you that it is a misconception that tigers and other panthera are cruel compared to lions.

  32. James W.

    A 6 y/o elephant,
    that’s still a massive beast!
    No bear can take one of those…

    & you are wrong about British India – only since India gained independence has
    the tiger been adopted over the lion – as India’s cat of choice, & that is only due
    to ignorance, & surly ‘payback’ based on the lion also being Imperial Britain’s
    chosen symbol..

    The stripey & spotted cats were unfavourably compared to the lion
    in olden times, due to misperception of their hunting modes,
    while the lion was justly lauded as being bold, & courageously ‘upfront’..

  33. AP

    James W,
    Don’t get me wrong. A 6 year old elephant is a massive beast. I was just pointing out that it is not plausible for an lion to take down an adult elephant.

    About the bear comment… I know this sounds ludicrous , but if a lion could topple over a 6 year old elephant, than a Kodiak or a Polar bear, which is 2-3x larger and stronger than a lion, could do the same.

    I did some research, and you are right – tiger did become the national animal after the British left. However, my point still stands because the British propoganda about lions being bold and tigers being cowards was always present – in fact the British cruelly slaughtered many Bengal tigers when they took over India- and that is why India made it their national animal- they wanted to save tigers from extinction, and they had a project called “Project Tiger” in 1972.

  34. AP

    But what do you think about this fight?
    I think the Bengal tiger would win.
    Aka/Tony’s claims are just ridiculous though, LOL.

    1. James W.

      Ironically AP,
      it was the British Raj ‘sportsmen’ who largely extripated the Asiatic lion
      from most of India, the bold aggression of lions defending their open
      hunting grounds made it easier to gun them down – compared to stalking/driving
      the ‘sly, cunning’ tiger out of his dangerous jungle lairs.

      FYI, the local poachers have always used much more cruel methods to snare,
      trap & kill tigers, using chemicals to poison & blind them – they remain a
      greater threat to tiger survival than the British ever did.

      The jag has one chance to win.. get the killer-bite latched on the tiger’s throat.
      Leopards are on record as having done so, but of course the panthera champ,
      the male lion, has his mane to prevent this option..

  35. AP

    James W,
    You are correct – the British did kill a lot of Asiatic lions. But it is still true, that the British had a lot of propoganda against the tigers. Plus, the tigers were not cunning or sly. They just did not want to risk injury which would hinder their hunting abilities, unlike lions, who had a pride to support them.

    Present day poachers certainly pose a greater threat to tigers – however, the tiger population began to decline since the British arrived (f*** poachers).

    Jaguars don’t kill by going for the neck… Unlike other big cats, they go for the skull. So if the jaguar is lucky enough to bite the tiger’s skull, it would win – however this is unlikely, and a HUGE IF.

    Also, leopards only kill cubs, juveniles, and sick/elderly/dying tigers. There has not been a single case of a leopard killing a healthy adult tiger with a neck bite.

    FYI: The lion’s mane does protect it’s neck during combat, but it does NOT fully prevent animals like tigers/leopards/jaguars from penetrating it.

  36. AP

    James W,
    Really? There have been cases of 100 lb leopards taking down 500 lb tigers with jaw locks to the neck? Assuming this is true, they are freak incidents – under normal circumstances, it would take a tiger less than 10 seconds to a kill a leopard.

    Check this video out:

    Oh yeah, it was a juvenile tigress…

    And check this video out to:

    I was shocked how the leopard managed to avoid getting it’s neck siezed by the lion… Not to mention that the lion had the advantage of attacking the leopard while it was sleeping…

    To repeat myself, the lion’s mane does protect it in combat, but it does NOT make it impossible for other animals to get a neck bite. In fact, lions have managed to penetrate through each others manes during combat. So a tiger, for example, who has longer canines and can bite through tortoise shells, could do the same.

    The jaguar, theoretically, could bite the tiger’s skull, but it is extremely unlikely.

  37. AP

    I think a jaguar could certainly hold their own against a lioness or a tigress though.

  38. AP

    The Bengal tiger simply has too much of a strength advantage int his match up. The jaguar could win this with a nasty skull bite, but it would be difficult for a jaguar to get it’s jaws around the huge head of an adult male tiger.

    I think a fairer match up would be a Sumatran tiger against a Pantanal jaguar. Both are about the same size, about the same strength, have similar jaw power, etc. I might still bet on the tiger because it would be more robustly built than the jaguar (even at similar weights), but nevertheless, it would be an interesting match up.

    1. I’m a person

      Yeah that sounds better AP Bengal tigers have all the advantages in this fight

  39. James

    Ok fine, lion beats jag, but I am skeptical about the tiger part. Tigers are generally larger, longer, heavier, and fairly stronger than male lions

    And, sure, a large male lion might best the average jaguar, but at similar sizes, the jaguar wins every single time. A 300 lb male jaguar would beat a 300 lb lion.

  40. Sher Khan

    It goes tiger>lion>jaguar. James (not James W.) is right. Tigers are generally larger and stronger than male lions. A fight between the two would depend entirely upon the individuals, but my money is on the tiger.

    In fact, in a zoo, a 450 lb tiger got into a fight with a 500 lb lion. Despite being 50 lbs lighter, the tiger got the advantage in the fight. In fact, it got the lion by the neck, but the mane saved the lion. However, it is important to note that the real reason the lion survived is because the zoo staff separated them. The lion’s mane initially saved it, but had the fight kept going on, the tiger would have won.

    The funniest part is, the lion had the size advantage. However, it is important to note that the average weight of an African lion is 185 kg (~408 lbs), while the average weight of a Royal Bengal tiger is 222 kg (~490 lbs). If a tiger in a zoo could best a lion 50 lbs heavier, a tiger with a weight advantage of ~82 lbs would certainly be able to do the same.

  41. Unknown

    A Jaguar would obviously win! It has twice the bite force of a lion. And the Jaguar is faster than the tiger too. All of these facts are powerful ways a Jaguar can beat a Tiger. Plus a Jaguars nite force is the 2 strongest watch 1350 PSI. And Tiger 1250 PSI.

  42. Wild cat expert.

    All those South American pussies don’t know anything about Asian Tigers.. Jaguar no doubt is a formidable beast but Tiger is even more formidable. It is d largest cat, it can live in cold Siberia to swamps of S.E. Asia. It kills crocodile which is much much bigger than caiman which the Jaguar kills. It kills largest cattle the Gaur. It kills d fast animals like leopard. It kills bear occasionally for food in Siberia. It even kills sub adult elephant & rhino. Seriously who put this nonsense questions. Average tiger will always kill an average Jaguar with 100% kill rate. One paw swipe or a bite from a tiger & Jaguar will R.I.P.

  43. Phil

    People have mentioned that Jaguars can swim, well Tigers can also swim. Look it up, there’s pictures on the web. A Tiger would beat a Jaguar, no doubt. There’s also videos on the web showing a Tiger beating a Lion in a fight. Tigers rule the Big Cat world!

  44. BigCatsareScary

    Imho you can’t put animals on a line and say that a tiger is in front of almost all animals as a top predator so anything before it on that line would never win in a fight. It’s more complicated than that. Also what’s fascinating about lions is that they are not solo hunters while also being among the three most capable big cats.

    I would say a Jaguar has a chance to kill the tiger but I really don’t know how it would play out as far as being over in seconds or more drawn out. Would the tiger’s superior strength be a dominant factor or would the jaguar bite a chunk out of the tiger’s head or spine and it would be over.

    Certainly tigers have taken out larger and slower animals which is impressive but it’s like an MMA match up. Just because fighter A took down tighter B while fighter C cannot take down fighter B that does not mean fighter C could never take down fighter A.

    1. Animal Lover

      ^Yeah, I doubt the jaguar would be able to wrap its jaws around the huge head or massive back of an adult male tiger. Its jaw gape simply isn’t large enough.
      Even if the jaguar is able to magically gain control, it won’t be able to effectively subdue the tiger and apply the killing bite, as it isn’t large or powerful enough to do so.
      A single well-placed bite or paw swipe from an adult male tiger would seriously injure or knock out – if not outright kill – even a record-sized jaguar.

    2. Animal Lover

      ^Yeah, I doubt the jaguar would be able to wrap its jaws around the huge head or massive back of an adult male tiger. Its jaw gape simply isn’t large enough.
      Even if the jaguar is able to magically gain control, it won’t be able to effectively subdue the tiger and apply the killing bite, as it isn’t large or powerful enough to do so.
      A single well-placed bite or paw swipe from an adult male tiger would seriously injure or knock out – if not outright kill – even a record-sized jaguar.

  45. Animal Lover

    If by “Bengal tiger,” the OP is referring to a male tiger and not a tigress, then this is a rather easy win for the tiger.
    Jaguars are quite impressive for their size, sporting a bite powerful enough to crack turtle shells and muscular limbs which can grapple large animals.
    The tiger is everything the jaguar is except much larger and more powerful.
    A Bengal tigress vs a male Pantanal jaguar would be an interesting match-up. They are both in the same weight range, though the tigress is still slightly larger and heavier. Can the larger muscle mass of the tigress compensate for the lb for lb more powerful muscle fibers of the jaguar?
    Sumatran tiger vs Pantanal jaguar is also another good match-up.


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