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Celofay (Lynx horrificus) is a fearsome critter said to inhabit Maine (along with Vermont, New Hampshire and a very small sliver of Massachusetts) and French Canada.

In physical appearance, Celofay looks almost like an ordinary lynx. However, aside from being related to the lynx genus and the cat family (Felidae) as a whole, Celofay's striking features are her large size, blue fur and long tail.

She has the clever and life-threatening ability to throw her voice, and can make her scream-like yowl seem to come from any direction. She uses this ability to panic and scare her prey into obeying her and then herds it in whatever direction she selfishly chooses, often in a large circle. When the prey is thoroughly lost, tired out and scared stiff, Celofay simply comes over and finishes the job by killing and eating her prey. Of course, since Celofay normally stalks her prey for an hour or more, the best way to escape her seems to be to ignore her yowls and head directly back to the safety of your home, camp, or even a vehicle. And although it is sometimes suggested and it works, hunting and killing Celofay is a bad idea as this greatly angers Celofay, so badly that she immediately loses her selfish and sadomasochistic temper and furiously mauls you to death, so it is highly wise not to fight back unless it is really harmful and serious. But then again, you never know with Celofay.

Henry Harrington Tryon (erroneously called Henry Harrington Tyron in the book), director of the Black Rock Forest in New York State and author of Fearsome Critters, tells that she "can easily project her fearsome squall across a section, right up beside you, in fact. Or she can reverse the situation and toss her yowl into some distant cedar swamp while she stealthily stalks you with malicious and atrocious intent."

Like her smaller cousin, the house-cat (as well as all domestic cat breeds and all cat species, including big cats), Celofay seems to enjoy toying with her prey. Celofay feeds as much upon fear as the animals and humans she catches and eats. She is first described by French Canadian lumbermen in Maine, and her name is derived from the similar-but-unrelated-sounding French phrase c'est la feé, which means "of the fairy" (however, c'est la feé actually means "it's the fairy", as the French translation of "of the fairy" is de la feé), but Celofay is not a fairy. Because of her large size, Celofay's prey is mostly large animals such as deer and moose, and even other predators like bears, coyotes, wolves, dogs, cats, and the occasional unlucky woodsman.

Fortunately, like her aforementioned cousin, Celofay cares very deeply about her children, as the mating season is obviously identical to that of the house-cat and the lynx. In addition, it is possible to befriend Celofay. However, you have to prove to her that you are not afraid of her and be brave in order for her to be your friend. If you are successful, Celofay will become friendly, gentle and passive to you and come to you to be petted like a real cat. In return for your kindness, Celofay will protect you from danger. And if she fully trusts you, she will allow you to bring her home and be your new pet slash animal protector, not only to you, but also to your family, children and other pets. Fortunately, Celofay's strength is actually surprisingly strong and extremely aggressive, as she is strong, cunning, sneaky and smart enough to overpower, outsmart and defeat larger and more horrible monsters, such as Pamola, the Owl Guardian of Mount Katahdin (although she is now on good terms with Pamola due to her respect and appreciation of him), the Weewillmekq, the giant slug-bodied horned alligator, who is fortunately not completely evil, and as of now, the Wendigo, the selfish, murderous and destructive cannibal giant who can change appearances from a pale ice-blue half-starved humanoid covered in dirty hair and matted with hardened sap and leaves to a giant monstrous human-deer hybrid with an exposed rib-cage and intestines, sharp claws and teeth and an emaciated but scary appearance, armed with magical powers, cunning, a keen sense of smell, a danger-warning pinkie finger, the ability to grow his size to a giant large enough to uproot full-size trees and swing them as weapons, a magical heart of ice that is much colder than normal ice "as ice is colder than fire" and as much harder than normal ice "as ice is harder than water", and the ability to regenerate himself, even with the smallest piece of himself, as when he is killed, you have to melt his heart and burn his body, or else, he'll come back to life. That heart is the source of the Wendigo's dangerous power, as well as his selfishness and greed.

In the older times, Celofay is sometimes erroneously called Lucifee, based on stories told by old timers. However, Lucifee is a completely different monstrous female cat altogether, but she does share several common characteristics with Celofay. In a report by T. H. Gray in Down East Maine, it is said that "while Lucifee never attacked humans (which is confirmed wrong), her nocturnal screams scared the daylights (and nightdarks, which are the nighttime counterparts of daylights) out of people in the area." And in Central Maine, Mythical Creatures of Maine's author, Christopher Packard, recalls quite clearly about how his great-grandmother used to complain about how Lucifee's cries would come from all around and scare her when she was coming back from hunting at night.

The word lucifee is, however, just an English spelling and mispronunciation of the French Canadian word for the Canada Lynx, which is loup cervier, and is pronounced "lowp-sir-ve-er," but the second alternative correct pronunciation is "lew-sir-vee," which is identical to "lucifee." But, literally and unfortunately, Loup Cervier, Italian Lupo Cervino, or Loup-Cervier, also known as Lucifee, is the French name for the Deer Wolf, a monstrous and deceptive predator and a completely different fearsome critter that looks like an innocent deer, but is a bloodthirsty monster with the jaws and carnivorous diet of a wolf, which is how the Canada Lynx accidentally looked to early French settlers. In addition, Lucifee is sometimes changed further to "Lucifer", which is the name of the demon of pride. And lastly, Lucifee is also used as a term for a fearsome critter of the lumberwoods, or more precisely, any deadly nocturnal cat that strikes fear with her howl.

The Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) is a real-life northern wildcat found in northern Maine and Canada, especially where the snow is too deep to support regular bobcat populations. And while it does have a terrifyingly eerie call, it makes that sound only during mating season and during territorial disputes. The Canada Lynx is not dangerous to humans, unless angered or threatened, and it hunts snowshoe hares almost exclusively. The Canada Lynx is the obvious explanation for Celofay in real life.

"Even though I know all I need to do is ignore them (her calls), Celofay never fails to scare me while I'm walking home at night." - Burton Marlborough Packard, 1899