What IS a furry?
A furry is someone who… well, there isn’t really a clear definition. The best thing to do is quote the Antrhocon (A VERY popular furry convention) page on “What is ‘Furry?’”
Today, Furry fandom is instead an artistic and literary genre that is practiced and enjoyed by tens of thousands worldwide. We count among our ranks professional sports mascots, animators, cartoonists, puppeteers, artists, illustrators, and writers, as well as those who simply think that it would be a wonderful thing if animals could walk or talk like we do. If you as an adult still occasionally like to flip to the old cartoons, or have a stuffed animal sitting on the dashboard of your car, or buy cereal because it has a cool tiger on the box, you may well enjoy what our fandom has to offer. We invite you to visit any one of our many gatherings worldwide to see for yourself what Furry fandom is really all about.
-Quote from Anthrocon.org
That about sums it up; just about anyone and anything can be a furry. Bugs bunny is a furry! So is daffy, and Mickey Mouse, tony the tiger… the list goes on. But getting a little more exact, we have to define what an anthropomorphic creature is!
“Anthropomorphic-” An Anthropomorphic creature is any animal who takes on human traits. Examples include walking on two feet instead of four paws, talking like a human, and enjoying human like activities.
The Fursona- Humans who partake in the furry fandom often have what’s called a “Fursona.” A “Fursona” is a fictional character that is an anthropomorphic animal that someone has created or associates with, and will often role-play as, get or do art for, or write stories about. This isn’t true for everybody who has a fursona, but it is the general consensus.
Feral and Anthro- There are two different types of furries. One is anthropomorphic. These kinds of furries are what we just talked about. The other type is called “Feral.” A “Feral” furry is someone who has a fursona who is way more animalistic. This means walking on all fours, acting more like an animal than a human, ETC ETC.
What Furries Do- Some things that furries partake in are as follows. Conventions, artistic endeavors, literary endeavors, wearing fursuits, (A large suit made out to be an anthropomorphic animal, commonly the person in question’s fursona) wearing fake animal tails and/or ears, and much much more.