A Bearkin is someone who mentally or spiritually feels that they were a bear in a past life, or were meant to be born as a bear. Bearkin can be subdivided into specific type of bears (Polar, Grizzly, Panda, etc.) or not depending on the person's preference.
The species included under bearkin include members of the Ursidae family.
Extant Species Included Under Bearkin
- Brown bear, Ursus arctos
- Polar bear, Ursus maritimus
- Asian black bear, Ursus thibetanus
- American black bear, Ursus americanus
- Sun bear, Helarctos malayanus
- Sloth bear, Melursus ursinus
- Spectacled bear, Tremarctos ornatus (aka the Andean bear or Andean short-faced bear)
- Giant panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
While extinct species are included under bearkin, they will not be listed for the sake of space. Subspecies, such as the American Grizzly bear are not listed.
Some bearkin may adapt their behavior to mimic that of a wild bear. For example, if the bearkin is specified to be a nocturnal species, they may become more active during the night. In addition, a bearkin may adapt their diet to something similar to their wild kintype's diet. This includes Alaskan Brown bearkin consuming salmon, and Pandakin becoming vegetarians.