The Animals of Mynarski Forest

You didn´t really think Skippy and Liska were the only animals in the forest did you? (although Liska will tell you she´s the only one that matters...)


Boofer Everybody has an arch nemesis, and Skippy´s comes in the form of a vengeful squirrel with an affinity for dropping heavy objects on those who displease him. Boofer has vowed to exact terrible revenge on Skippy ever since he almost helped Liska make squirrel pie out of him. Of course, the idea of some crazed rodent declaring war on her friend doesn´t sit very well with our vixen. Unfortunately, Liska´s attempts to get even with Boofer prove to be a bigger threat to Skippy than the squirrel himself... which is probably Boofer´s plan in the first place.


Clarence While it´s pretty well known that coyotes will try to eliminate any foxes in their territory, most vulpephiles would prefer to forget that this aggressive behaviour is usually provoked by a relentless bombardment of obscene insults, nasty pratical jokes, and foxy back stabbing. Clarence is actually a very sensitive if excessively naive creature who´d really be happy to forget Liska even exists. But there´s just something about him that makes it impossible for her to resist antagonizing him. Skippy secretly suspects that Liska and Clarence´s mutual hostility might be their subconscious way of flirting with each other. Regardless of the real reasons, Skippy usually finds himself in the middle of their disputes, once again demonstrating that "innocent by-stander" is the lousiest job description in the forest...


Finch Sometimes even Skippy needs a straightman, and that´s where Finch comes in. More than anything else, Finch serves as a crying towel for Skippy when our heroine gets to be just a little too hard to take. As Skippy´s "best friend in the whole world", Finch is the only animal in the forest who´s understanding of his relationship with Liska (keep in mind that being understanding of something and actually being able to understand it are two entirely different matters...). Finch is a rather laid back and unexcitable character, but then life can be pretty good for a cartoon raccoon when the forest is filled with delicious apples and inept predators.


Heywood Translocated from Colorado to the Mynarski Forest as part of a program to reestablish swift foxes in Alberta, trauma associated with the move (and a healthy overdose of tranquilizers!) has scrambled both Heywood´s brain and sense of identity. For the most part Heywood seems to think he´s some sort of bush pilot, though he frequently assumes other personalities, being highly susceptible to suggestion. This would be a potential source of amusement for our vixen, if not for the fact that Heywood has taken an intense and unwelcome amourous interest in her. Due to his small size and constant state of confusion, Heywood is prone to catastrophe even more so than Liska, and just like her, he shares the uncanny vulpine gift for side-stepping the disasters he causes. The result is that when fox is pitted against fox, things can quickly get awfully frustrating for everybody.


Mitties A casual aquaintance Liska once made while raiding Farmer Fred´s hen house, Mitties´s presence makes these raids much more traumatizing for Skippy. Not that she´s particularly interested in eating him, Mitties just gets a real charge out of frightening Skippy, insulting him, and otherwise poking fun at Liska´s questionable taste in hunting partners. Mitties is a little resentful of Liska´s freedom. On the other hand, as a domesticated feline she knows more about humans than any of the other forest creatures and enjoys flaunting this experience over them...


Horsie Okay, okay... Rozinante isn´t really an animal, just a purple piece of plastic. But even though Liska knows this, her "My L´il Horsie" doll nevertheless has a profound hold over her latent maternal instincts. Unfortunately, Liska isn´t an especially motherly individual, and the combination of her inept efforts to dote on her "baby", and Skippy´s complete indifference tends to lead the three of them to disaster. Horrible things frequently happen to Rozzy, and when horrible things happen to Liska´s horsie, horrible things happen to everybody else in the forest!

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