Edited/ a mythological description for Leshy added.
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The Leshy or Lesovik is a spirit in Slavic mythology who protects wild animals and forests. There are also leshachikha/leszachka (wives of the leshak) and leshonky (children of the leszy). He is roughly analogous to the Woodwose of Western Europe and the Basajaun of the Basque Country.
Leshy is the protector of all animals and birds in the forest. Mass migration of animals supposedly happens at leshy's instruction. Is said to have the ability to shapeshift into any form, animal or plant. In some tales, appears to visitors as a large talking mushroom. It can also vary in size, shrinking himself to the height of a blade of grass when moving through open fields, or growing to the size of the tallest trees when in the forest.
If a person befriends a leshy, the latter will teach them the secrets of magic. Leshies could be terribly mischievous beings: they have horrible cries, and can imitate voices of people familiar to wanderers and lure them back to their caves, where the leshies will tickle them to death; they also remove signs from their posts. Leshies aren't evil: although they enjoy misguiding humans, they are also known to keep grazing cattle from wandering too far into the forests and getting lost.
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if I remember correctly Leshy is a Russian legend. A forest creature that lives in the hearts of the oldest trees and steps out into the open to defend the forest from those that would do it harm. They have been known to lead lost women and children out of the woods and tend to do rather gruesome things to those that intend harm to the forest or innocent creatures within it.