Nope, he’s still getting the milk for free…

What’s with all the shacking up in the Trailverse??  Mark called Lost Forest “home” long before he put a ring on Cherry’s finger.

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Wallace Wood.  There’s a “solid” name for you…

That last gesture by Mark, the finger on the tip of Cherry’s nose, is so cloying and sweet I’ll soon be calling for an insulin shot… geeesh…

And I needn’t remind long time readers of Mark Trail – that there have been more public and private displays of affection in the last 3 or 4 months than in the entire 50 year history of the strip.  But life must be grand for these two… other than getting shot at, blown up, tied up, or placed in danger by Editor Bill Ellis, they really are living the dream aren’t they??

The Definition of Prostrate

And no, it’s not what Archie Bunker thought it was- that which lives down below his “privates…”  but rather:

“Lying stretched out on the ground with one’s face downward.  synonyms:  prone, lying flat, lying down, stretched out, spread-eagled, sprawling, horizontal, recumbent; rare:  procumbent; the prostrate figure on the ground

Which is what Beaver, Young is currently doing on the rock in the middle of the pool…

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Poor Bo… had to evade his first predator.  Meanwhile the Lynx (Bobcat, whatever) is thinking to himself, “Boy, if I just hadn’t given myself away, I might be noshing on beaver right now…”  Oh, well, better luck next time, silly cat.

Lynx, Bobcat… Tomato, Tomahto…

Such action!  As the young beaver (what? no name??  Let’s call him Beauregard… “Bo” for short) makes tracks and looks for water, we are left to wonder if and when humans will return to the story…  From my seat, they are a lot more fun to riff on, and this whole nature thing is getting too many column inches.

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Where can we be going with all this?  Has to be trapping.  While Bo can probably escape his natural enemy, the apex predator, he soon may find himself with his foot caught in a trap, victim of an anachronistic pastime that helped establish trading routes in the North American Continent…

Young Beaver, meet hungry Bobcat

Or at least I assume the cat is hungry, what with the way it gives away its position by announcing itself!  Might as well put a collar with a bell on its neck! Looks a bit cross-eyed, too, which certainly can’t help… sort of like Clarence the cross eyed lion from Daktari– always seeing two of everything…

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And what on earth is the little beaver doing on high ground?  Get to the water, little guy…  stat!

Instincts, Schminstincts

We think we know what’s going on here, but let’s admit for a moment that we might not.  Could be that the Mother Beaver is sick and tired of picking up after her now adult son, and he needs to move out of the basement and  leave his wet towels laying around his own house from now on…

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So off with you, boy, do your mother and nature a favor and find a stream of your own to block up… Did you know that beavers hate the sound of running water?  That’s their trigger to start felling trees and creating dams!  Fascinating!

Why? Because it has little feet?

We don’t hear from Rusty for what? 120 days?  And he gets one line.  And it makes not a lick of sense…  And Cherry is beside herself with pride, placing her hand on her breast in wonderment… “Did my boy come up with that on his own?  Well… will wonders never cease…”

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We have either shot forward many weeks, or I don’t know when a moose calf reaches an age of self-sufficiency…  Last I checked, “Littlefoot” was still quite dependent on his mother…  Which makes me think Doc doesn’t have any idea what he’s talking about…

But apparently we are bored with moose and are going to move on to beaver.  Fine with me… Anything to not have to look at the back of Doc’s head…

But isn’t “Doc” your father??

What is Cherry doing in the middle panel? Swearing and attesting to her personal knowledge of the fact that her father “Doc” Davis graduated from Vet School, passed the board exams and is a licensed, practicing veterinarian??

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But Mark knows better that this…

Mark wild animal Meme

Stop me before I meme again!!

And from the Curmudgeon:

Oh snap, Mark Trail will see your “let’s foster an orphaned deer” and raise you a “let’s foster an orphaned moose”! Do not try to muscle in on Mark Trail’s insane animal storylines, capisce?

Dead cow? What dead cow??

Yes, oh, Poor Little Thing…  Never mind the carcass that was the “Little Guy’s” mother…  and how do we know it’s a “guy?” or are we using that in the gender neutral form of the word, as in, “C’mon, guys, let’s get a move-on…?”

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And we are to believe that the calf will stand their stock-still and let Mark and Cherry walk up to it?  Oh heck why not, Mark’s powers are a mystery to most and needn’t be questioned at important times like this…  Better get out the giant formula bottle…  we have a big baby to feed!!  Or does Mark have Rusty don the Mother Moose outfit in order to not spoil any hope of returning the calf to the wild?

Ah, yes… The time-honored meme…

…of keeping wild animals as pets!  ALWAYS a good idea… NOT.  With one wolf tranq-ed, the pack will fall back confused and in disarray…  and Mark and Cherry can swoop in and save the calf, give him/her a proper name and take on another mouth to feed.  Rusty will be so excited!!

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Mark, you are on heckuva shot!  Dart finds its Mark right in the shoulder and it’s sand-man city!  Not sure what Cherry is doing in the background- I would expect a look of encouragement rather than the look of dismay she is offering up…  maybe she is just shaken by the whole nature scene unfolding before her, or the knowledge that she’ll now have to raise this calf into an 1,100 lb. herbivore…

Oh, Mark Indeed…

I can’t take it anymore…  I guess the objective here is to show us how nature works, maybe what separates us from the animals, or in some cases does not.  There’s no win-win in Nature.  Some lose in order to benefit others…  That’s why rabbits have so many bunnies, etc., etc… But when a species in crisis still gets targeted, and they are lucky have one offspring survive… and the mature also go down, well, that’s just sad.

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But Mark understands.  But will he watch this unfold, or will his new-found human sensibilities kick in??  We’ll have to wait until tomorrow…