9 posts tagged Furry
9 posts tagged Furry
Who’s ready for another Geyser of Awesome field trip? This time we want to go to the Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaidō, Japan. And to get there we want to ride the Asahiyama Zoo train because the seats are furry and shaped like animals - two-headed animals with wide, staring eyes. It’s just the right combination of cute and creepy.
It’s time for another visit to the Department of Awesome Animals We Never Knew Existed where we’ll meet (but not touch!) a creature that looks like it’s either an exceptionally stylish Tribble or Donald Trump’s hair gone astray.
This amazing creature, and yes it really is a living thing and not a walking toupée, is a yellow-coloured caterpillar. Specifically it’s the larvel form of the wonderfully furry Flannel Moth (Megalopyge opercularis). When it grows up it’ll look like this: But you still shouldn’t touch it!
“The caterpillar’s “hair” actually consists of setae, which are long, fine silky appendages that, in this case, can cause serious skin irritations. If an unlucky person tries to grab one, they will get a handful of venom, released when the setae poke into skin. Like a bee sting, the injuries can be painful but, for most, are not life threatening.”
Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer and conservation biologist Phil Torres spotted the caterpillar during a photography tour in an Amazon rainforest. The two men conduct rainforest expeditions from Posada Amazonas, a 30-bed rainforest lodge located in Peru.
Today is the third and final day of the Emerald City Comicon here in Seattle, WA. The awesome vibe is still going strong and Archie McPhee is still proudly occupying booth #2013, doing our part to fan the flames of wonderful, whimsical geekery that permeate every corner of the Washington State Convention Center.
One of the happenings we promised would take place during ECCC was the opportunity to meet the Original Unicorn, and boy howdy, was that ever an awesome experience. As you can see from the many images posted above, not only did people get to meet the Unicorn, people also hugged the Unicorn, communed with the Unicorn, and even danced with the Unicorn.
Then there was the unfortunate incident with the poor Star Trek “Redshirt” on the worst away mission ever - accidentally stabbed by a unicorn when approaching for a simple hug. Life can be so cruel. Hilarious, but cruel.
There’s still a little time left to come over to booth #2013 and say hello. Unicorns, horses, anthropomorphic bacon characters and squirrels wearing underpants would love to meet you.
British photographer Tom Broadbent has been working on an awesome on-going series of portraits, entitled At Home With the Furries, for which he photographs members of the Furry subculture as they go about their daily lives. Dragons do their laundry, gryphons eat cereal for breakfast, gargoyles take showers and so on.
“Broadbent captures some of these “furries” at home, engaging in the same mundane tasks we’re all familiar with — just a little bit more fuzzily.”
The photo is featured above a very interesting and insightful article about encountering and experiencing the Furry subculture, written by Patricia Hernandez and entitled “My Weekend at a Furry Convention.”
Check out this awesomely fluffy, multi-legged creature! For the time being, for lack of a proper scientific name, it has been casually tagged as a “Poodle Moth.” It was recently discovered in Venezuela by taxonomist Dr Arthur Anker who posted this photo on his Flickr page. Commenters reacted in disbelief, some going so far as to accuse the good doctor of faking his find.
“Looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie?” wrote one, while another posted: “It’s freaking adorable I want one!!!”
We think this white fuzzy Venezuelan native looks like something that might be charmed by Gandalf the Grey. We’d be more than happy to give it a cuddle if it was so inclined. But for all we know, this little guy is more interested in seeking out a tiny jeweled tiara to complement its fur coat than physical affection.
What a workout! Natalie Chettle lifts her mother’s Maine Coon cat Rupert over her head. An impressive feat! Nearly three years old, Rupert is already three times bigger than the average domestic cat and is expected to gain another 5kg (11lbs) in the next few years. Maybe Main Coon-lifting will be the next fitness craze…
To help us all appreciate just how massive Rupert is, in the second photo he’s seen checking out a regular sized cat in Melbourne, Victoria. A three-time Cat of the Year and Australian National Champion, Rupert is the biggest Maine coon that cat judge Lesley Morgan Blythe has seen.
Photos by Chris Scot