"During my trek across the southern continent of Vanriel, I vividly remember when a group of Snow Cub began to jump towards me, kicking at my legs. And, while they don't look it, are very strong, it managed to cut large gashes in my legs. Sadly, this meant I had to defend myself, and I began to kick them away from me, most likely injuring some. It's sad that something so adorable can be so aggressive." -William Tancard's: Guide to Haven's Glorious Creatures.
Snow Cubs are a common species of predatory Ursidae (bear) organisms native to the colder regions of Haven, such as the snowy continents of Vanriel and Ruhiel. They have a global population of around one hundred million, and they can be found almost within any cold region on the planet, often times existing in large numbers due to their habit of creating large Snow Cub colonies. They resemble a miniature, rounded brown bear, making a Snow Cub appear like a bear cub throughout their entire life.
Due to their commonality and appearance, they are a fairly famous animal among Haven's intelligent population, with the creature often times being kept as a pet, though they require a large amount of upkeep, a cold natural environment, and an official license to own due to their predatory nature.
The Snow Cub has a quadrupedal build, growing at an average height and length of around two feet (0.6096 meters), and an average weight of fifty-eight pounds (twenty-six kilograms). Like most predator species, they have two front facing eyes, two ears on the sides of their heads, and a nose located at the front of their face. It will typically take around three standard years for a Snow Cub to fully grow into adulthood.
Their bodies are very rounded and covered in thick layers of fur, as they require a great amount of inclination in order to remain warm in the respective environment they inhabit. Despite their rounded shape, the Snow Cub are extremely fast, being able to run at speeds up to twenty-seven kilometers an hour, being able to easily evade any would be attacker, as well as allowing them to catch up to their prey very easily. Snow Cubs are able to move so quickly due to massive amounts of muscles within their small legs, allowing them to basically leap to their destination. As a result, they do not typically walk, instead, they hop along the icy surface and are able to do so for great amounts of time, traversing large distances with minimal effort.
The Snow Cub is effectively blind, as their eyes are only used to see objects in their immediate vicinity. Their other senses of smell and hearing also do not fair much better then their sight, only being able to smell and hear things in their immediate vicinity. Instead of these senses, they rely on a strange seismic sensors located at the base of their feet. These sensors allow a Snow Cub a rough estimation of the area around them, as well as giving them a view of what's underneath the snow beneath themselves. With this, an individual Snow Cub will be able to detect small prey animals that burrow across the snow, then attack the unsuspecting creature.
Their legs are also well adapted to digging the snow beneath them, as their respective prey lies underneath it. They are able to dig across the snow with such speed and efficiency, that they are able to craft elaborate mazes spanning several meters. This ability also assists them in the consumption of prey, as they use their powerful legs to kill their target, as well as serving as an effective tool for defense.
Snow Cubs are a very bold creature, often times rushing head long in danger and not have any regard when it comes to something clearly far beyond them in terms of size and strength. As a result, they often times are killed due to this. Along with being headstrong, the Snow Cub is also very territorial when it comes to their respective area, whose borders can vary widely depending on the individual Snow Cub in question, and will often times attack any foreign Snow Cub that approaches them.
However, they often times form life long bonds with their mate, and will live with them for their entire life. As a result, they and their mate will create elaborate and well crafted tunnels and mazes underneath the snow, forming labyrinth-like patterns that serve as their respective nests These nests are crafted with so much minute detail, it often times appear as if it was constructed by an intelligent individual. Within these nests, various chambers are located throughout them, which are used for food storage, waste rooms, litter rooms, and even decoy rooms to throw off predators.