This egg appears to be growing inside of the trunk of a giant redwood tree and manifests as a large knar. Once it reaches a certain mass, the knar will detach and release and fall to the base of the tree trunk. At first, it doesn't look like much.
Newly hatched Bearwoods are often mistaken for a small sapling or totem pole, as their animal-like features have not yet developed. As they slowly age and mature, the head eventually develops and comes in. At this stage, though, the Bearwood is still stationary and is locked to the place where it hatched. It is only until the Bearwood's final stage that it is capable of moving around all on its own and gathering food for itself. Once Bearwoods are mobile, they do not hibernate in caves as they require abundant sunlight to create energy via photosynthesis.
Bearwoods have a very long lifespan of between 111-123 years on average. But many do not survive early on in life which has lead to their low numbers.
Despite their vicious appearance, Bearwoods are friendly towards humans. Each Bearwood trunk's markings are different and many say that these markings determine a Beadwood's unique magical ability.