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- I had originally uploaded a version that didn't have a black background, but it was deleted because the movement was a little off. Chocolate 01:18, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
I noticed that no mention was given to Ursus Malayanus, or the Sun Bear, in this Pokémon's Origin section. Take a look at its wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Bear and see if I'm not the only one who thinks there's a definite inspirational connection. Not only is the bear native to South-East Asia, likely to be more familiar to Japanese audiences than Western ones as a result (although not necessarily familiar, obviously), the semi-circle on the bear's breast is reminiscent of Teddiursa and Ursaring's crescent- and full moon-pattern, respectively.
- Presently, the inspiration claims to be partly derived from grizzlies, which are North American brown bears. Wouldn't it be more likely the Ussuri brown bear of Hokkaido (as opposed to the Ussuri black bear of Korea), which are revered by the Ainu people as their chief spiritual animal? The Ainu refer to them as Kamuy, which is believed to be the root for the Japanese word Kami, as the Ainu believe these brown bears are gods in physical form. Granted, Ussuri bears are nicknamed "Black Grizzlies" due to their darker pelts, they're actually an offshoot of the bruin (Grizzly = American brown bear, Bruin = Eurasian brown bear).
- I know I'm getting more technical than anyone cares, but it seems like the Ussuri bruin, a unique and local brown bear, would be the inspiration for this Pokemon rather than the American grizzly. Not to mention it makes for a better bit of trivia for those who may not realize Japan actually does have an indigenous brown bear species and not just the Asiatic black bear. Einbjorn (talk) 22:29, 30 January 2017 (UTC)