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Nature has seen fit to equip animals with some awesome fighting abilities and tactics. Every creature from the lowly ant to the exalted Siberian tiger has its own unique fighting style, a style that human martial artists often receive inspiration from in the formation of their own fighting styles.

The problem with that, of course, is that we don’t possess the same physiques or relative strengths that allow us to imitate exactly our lesser-evolved friends, so we usually end up just appearing like what we are – silly humans doing poor imitations of animals, such as in this clip of the deadly and dreaded “Bunny Style” …

No, what I’m discussing here is the real McCoy – animal fights. Down and dirty, no-holds-barred, fight-to-the-death animal fights.

Take the humble little black ant, for example. They might not seem like much to us, but amongst themselves they are fierce warriors that battle for hours until the last man – um, ant – is left standing.

Moving up the scale a bit we find a giant centipede – around 50 centimeters long! – fighting a snake using what appears to be MMA grapling tactics …

Centipede for the win!

Now cats, whether small or large, are pound-for-pound some of the best fighters in the animal kingdom, but even THEY have problems when their opponents pay off a couple of crows to harass and district them during the fight …

Of course, humans think they’re so smart – they think THEY invented smack-talk. Let me tell you – cats perfected the concept long before WE came along …

Even giraffes, those long-necked and graceful creatures of the savannah, get into their fair share of fights, albeit with a somewhat unusual technique: it appears to consist of leaning against each other and then whipping their heads at each other like maces …

Some animals use techniques that we think WE came up with. Here are two gorillas doing some stand-up grappling, and at around 0:36 seconds you’ll see the gorilla on the left perform what is known in Taijiquan as “Shoulder Stroke”, putting his opponent on his butt …

Of course some animals use somewhat less-refined techniques, such as the way this Golden eagle does a drag-and-drop on this goat …

… but always the fights are violent, and if they don’t end in death then certainly they do in injury, no matter WHAT species are fighting.

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