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The Bergman's Bear is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game, with a brief cameo in the anime adaptation.
In Real Life
Bergman's bear is a strange animal, as it's only believed to have existed. There's no scientific proof to say that the Bergman's bear was a real animal. This makes the Bergman's bear a cryptid; an animal that is reported to exist, but with no sufficient proof to say it does. This puts it alongside other legends such as the yeti.
Stories of the Bergman's bear began when a Swedish zoologist called Sten Bergman found what he believed to be the pelt and footprints of a gigantic Kamchatkan bear that had not yet been discovered. The fur was shorter than that of the local Kamchatkan bears, and the fur was a deep black. However, after this discovery was made, nobody ever bore witness to another Bergman's bear, either living or dead.
Over the years, interest Bergman's bear would spike periodically. In the late 1980s, huntsman Rodion Sivobolov would suggest that the mythical Russian bear 'Irkuiem' might have ties with the Bergman's bear. It too was described as a gigantic bear, and had nothing but eyewitness reports to go off of. Russian biologist N.K. Vereshchagin suggested it might be a Arctodus simus, a prehistoric bear thought to be extinct. However, this was shot down on the grounds that the Arctodus simus' anatomy did not match what eyewitnesses were reporting.