The Mini Grizzly is a common species of Ursidae (bear) organisms found across the many temperate forests and planes of Haven. They have a global population of around two hundred million and can often times 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," or more commonly known as "Grizzly Bear" species of Ursidae. Thanks to their large population. the Mini Grizzly has become an integral part in many ecosystems across the planet, serving as a major food source for many predatory species, as well as a natural grazer to prevent overflow of invasive flora species.
Due to their commonality, as well as their natural non-hostile nature, the Mini Grizzly is a very famous creature across the many different cultures spread across planet Haven, often times 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 creature 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.
The 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 Grizzy has two front-facing eyes would more typically find 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, and two small ears located at the top of their head. Their hearing range is fairly mundane when compared to their impressive eye sight, 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 a lot of liquid, though it will often times settle for grass or flowers to eat should they contain a large amount of water within them.
Their mouths very atypical for most Ursidae species do not contain sharpened teeth, and instead have around fourteen individual square-shaped teeth one would find on various rodent mammalian organisms. 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 it's own body weight, allowing it to have massive reserves of caloric energy. The 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 and 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 them selves 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.
The Mini Grizzly's behavior usually depends as to if it is either tamed or wild. A wild Mini Grizzly are typically extremely cautious, timid and easy to startled, 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, the Mini Grizzly will often times remain within the same area of their birth for the entirety of their respective life, only venturing further out in search for a mate during breeding season.
Wild Mini Grizzlys exist in small packs, often times referred to as "tribes," usually consisting of around ten or more individual bears, though larger tribes of up to a hundred Mini Grizzlys 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 powerbase. Instead, each member ensures that the collective young of the tribe remains sheltered and protected from any threat, be them predator or from the environment. Tribes live in large nests constructed by its members within the hollowed out trunk of large trees, typically those belonging to the Haven Oak or Haven 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 Grizzlys are fairly different from their wild counterparts. For instance, typically pet Mini Grizzlys will be much more calm 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 clam nature, they are often times very loyal pets, provided they are well kept and fed.