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Description

Mini Grizzly is a common species of Ursidae (bear) mammals found across the many temperate forests and planes of Haven. They have a theorized global population of around two hundred million, and can oftentimes be found in small quantities in almost any temperate area should one search hard enough. Their name derives from their appearance, looking like a rounded, miniature version of the "Ursus arctos," more commonly known as "Grizzly Bear" species of Ursidae. Thanks to their large population, the Mini Grizzly has become an integral part of many ecosystems across the planet, serving as a major food source for many predatory species. They also serve as natural grazers, able to prevent the overflow of invasive flora species within environments.

Due to their commonality, as well as their natural non-hostile nature, Mini Grizzlies are very famous creatures across the many different cultures spread across planet Haven, oftentimes being kept as pets by the planet's populace as they are fairly low maintenance and rather docile. Due to this, a large percentage of the Mini Grizzly's population is domesticated, however, a large amount of the creatures can still be seen in the wild. As a result of their popularity, the Mini Grizzly is a major focal point in many pieces of cultural art and iconography, along with the species being given a fairly large global population due to being bred by various individual pet owners.

Physical

A Mini Grizzly has a small, quadruped build with a rounded shape, growing at an average height and length of around one and a half feet, (0.4572 meters) and an average weight of around fifty-two pounds. (26 kilograms) Their bodies are covered in a thick layer of fur that can vary in color from tan, brown, gray, black, and white, with varying patterns depending on each Mini Grizzly in question. Having an average natural lifespan of around fifteen standard years, it will typically take around a single standard year for a Mini Grizzly to reach adulthood from birth.

Unlike most prey species of Haven, the Mini Grizzly has two front-facing eyes that would be more typically found on predator species. It evolved with said eyes to be able to witness oncoming threats from far distances, as the Mini Grizzly's main predators are typically belonging to animals who are able to run at incredible speeds. They have an average sight range of around seven kilometers in a distance, allowing them to be able to see almost anything coming towards them, though this doesn't always mean they'll be able to avoid said oncoming object or creature.

Along with their front-facing eyes, the overall head sculpt of the Mini Grizzly is also in line with other predator Ursidae species found on Haven, having a rounded head with a nose at the center, alongside having two small ears located at the top of their head. Their hearing range is fairly mundane when compared to their impressive eyesight, only being able to hear sounds in fairly close proximity, giving any predator obscured from the Mini Grizzly's sight ample chances at attacking them. Their sense of smell has been finely tuned to detect optimal vegetation for the Mini Grizzly to consume, typically searching out berries filled with nutrients, and or lots of liquid. Though the Mini Grizzly will oftentimes settle for grass or flowers to eat, should they contain a large amount of water.

The mouth of a Mini Grizzly is very atypical for most Ursidae species, as they do not contain sharpened teeth. Instead, their mouths have around fourteen individual square-shaped teeth one would find on various rodent mammal species. The Mini Grizzly uses these specially developed teeth to grind the endless amounts of vegetation it consumes every day, with a single Mini Grizzly being able to eat up to fifteen times its own body weight, allowing it to have massive reserves of caloric energy. A Mini Grizzly also relies on its teeth for the hollowing out of trees for its nests, using its powerful saw-like jaw to grind through thick tree trunks, creating a safe hollowed-out area.

Their small legs have evolved to be able to have a large amount of muscle mass for the comparatively small size of each individual leg, as to allow the Mini Grizzly the ability to leap great horizontal distances, being able to launch themselves up to ten feet away from their original position, then quickly continue onward. Along with the impressive leaping abilities their muscle strength allows them, the Mini Grizzly has a vast amount of stamina and strain resistance, evolved to ensure the respective Mini Grizzly is able to continuously leap away from any would-be pursuer.

Behavior

A Mini Grizzly's behavior usually depends as to if it is either tamed, or wild. A wild Mini Grizzly is typically extremely cautious, timid, and easy to startle, jumping away from even the slightest of out-of-the-norm sounds, And since the Mini Grizzly is a favorite food source of many predator species, this is a fairly useful survival strategy for them. Along with their overly cautious nature, a Mini Grizzly will oftentimes remain within the same area of their birth for the entirety of their respective life, only venturing further out in search of a mate during the breeding season.

Wild Mini Grizzlies exist in small packs, oftentimes referred to as "tribes," usually consisting of around ten or more individual bears, though larger tribes of up to a hundred Mini Grizzlies have been known to exist in certain areas. Despite the name, there is no arranged hierarchy within a Mini Grizzly tribe, with no central leader or any sort of power base. Instead, each member ensures that the collective young of the tribe remains sheltered and protected from any threat, be they predators, or from the environment. Tribes live in large nests constructed by their members within the hollowed-out trunks of large trees, typically those belonging to the Oak or Pine families. Though they may use any kind of tree, provided that it has the requisite size needed for their respective tribe. Within the nest, various small chambers are constructed, each with a designated purpose, ranging from food storage, to waste removal, and bedding areas for the young and their parents.

Tamed Mini Grizzlies are fairly different from their wild counterparts. For instance, pet Mini Grizzlies will most often be much calmer, and will allow for other creatures to approach them, even other animal species who would normally be their predators, provided they are also owned by their respective owner. Along with their calm nature, they are oftentimes very loyal pets, provided they are well kept, and fed.

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