Wild Kingdom

The furries are fighting like animals, just for a little respect

"After ten or 15 minutes they'd apparently satisfied themselves that we were just a couple of harmless nuts in animal costumes and not really escaped psycho killers or terrorists," Bayne recalled.

But some of the furries have manipulated the incident to illustrate Houston's intolerance toward anything different. They say that nothing like that would happen to fursuiters in L.A. or New York. In other cities, activities like fursuit bowling are more common. No one can remember the last time 'suiters went to the lanes in Houston.

But despite the humiliation, Bayne now looks back on the debacle with a cooler head.

Furboy Zero gets in the mood for a howl.
Daniel Kramer
Furboy Zero gets in the mood for a howl.
Shrag as a samurai jaguar: He gets a "vicarious thrill" when people laugh.
Daniel Kramer
Shrag as a samurai jaguar: He gets a "vicarious thrill" when people laugh.

"I realize I was in the wrong here to be so obstinate, and the whole thing could have been avoided if we'd checked with someone in charge first," he says. But "we were just trying to have some fun in our own way and maybe bring some other people some smiles as well."

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