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Furries of FurFest

An attendee dressed in a "fursuit" costume sits in the lap of a man at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, United States, December 4, 2015. Over 5,000 people gathered to follow the Furry Fandom based on anthropomorphic animals, animated cartoon characters with human characteristics, or "Furries". REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee dressed in a "fursuit" costume sits in the lap of a man at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, United States, December 4, 2015. Over 5,000 people gathered to follow the Furry Fandom based on anthropomorphic...more

An attendee dressed in a "fursuit" costume sits in the lap of a man at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, United States, December 4, 2015. Over 5,000 people gathered to follow the Furry Fandom based on anthropomorphic animals, animated cartoon characters with human characteristics, or "Furries". REUTERS/Jim Young
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An attendee dress up as a fox moves into position for a group photo at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee dress up as a fox moves into position for a group photo at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee dress up as a fox moves into position for a group photo at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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An attendee wearing a "fursuit" costume walks down the stairs at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee wearing a "fursuit" costume walks down the stairs at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee wearing a "fursuit" costume walks down the stairs at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Tabby Galloway (R) looks over at an attendee dressed up in a "fursuit" costume at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Tabby Galloway (R) looks over at an attendee dressed up in a "fursuit" costume at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Tabby Galloway (R) looks over at an attendee dressed up in a "fursuit" costume at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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A spectator gets a hug from an attendee wearing a "fursuit" costume during a parade at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, December 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

A spectator gets a hug from an attendee wearing a "fursuit" costume during a parade at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

A spectator gets a hug from an attendee wearing a "fursuit" costume during a parade at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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A man kisses a participant dressed in a "fursuit" at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

A man kisses a participant dressed in a "fursuit" at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

A man kisses a participant dressed in a "fursuit" at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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An attendee checks his phone at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee checks his phone at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee checks his phone at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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A man is hugged by an attendee dressed up in a "fursuit" costume at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

A man is hugged by an attendee dressed up in a "fursuit" costume at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

A man is hugged by an attendee dressed up in a "fursuit" costume at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Cassie Fisher lays on the floor surrounded by attendees dressed up as "Furries" at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Cassie Fisher lays on the floor surrounded by attendees dressed up as "Furries" at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Cassie Fisher lays on the floor surrounded by attendees dressed up as "Furries" at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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An attendee dressed in a "fursuit" costume performs during a dance competition at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee dressed in a "fursuit" costume performs during a dance competition at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee dressed in a "fursuit" costume performs during a dance competition at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Spectators watch an attendee dressed in a "fursuit" costume perform in dance competition at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Spectators watch an attendee dressed in a "fursuit" costume perform in dance competition at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Spectators watch an attendee dressed in a "fursuit" costume perform in dance competition at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Attendees wearing "fursuit" costumes raise their hands to answer a question during a lecture at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Attendees wearing "fursuit" costumes raise their hands to answer a question during a lecture at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Attendees wearing "fursuit" costumes raise their hands to answer a question during a lecture at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Arron Jarvis is reflected in a mirror as he puts on the head for his "fursuit" costume at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

Arron Jarvis is reflected in a mirror as he puts on the head for his "fursuit" costume at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Arron Jarvis is reflected in a mirror as he puts on the head for his "fursuit" costume at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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An attendee in "fursuit" costume looks at her phone at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee in "fursuit" costume looks at her phone at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee in "fursuit" costume looks at her phone at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Kristen Morgan (L) looks into the mouth of a "fursuit" costume worn by her son Ryan at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

Kristen Morgan (L) looks into the mouth of a "fursuit" costume worn by her son Ryan at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Kristen Morgan (L) looks into the mouth of a "fursuit" costume worn by her son Ryan at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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An attendee in a "fursuit" costume looks on during a lecture at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee in a "fursuit" costume looks on during a lecture at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee in a "fursuit" costume looks on during a lecture at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Attendees dressed in "fursuit" costumes dance in the hallway at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. . REUTERS/Jim Young

Attendees dressed in "fursuit" costumes dance in the hallway at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. . REUTERS/Jim Young

Attendees dressed in "fursuit" costumes dance in the hallway at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. . REUTERS/Jim Young
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An attendee in a "fursuit" costume (2nd L) plays the drums as he joins others playing a video game at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee in a "fursuit" costume (2nd L) plays the drums as he joins others playing a video game at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee in a "fursuit" costume (2nd L) plays the drums as he joins others playing a video game at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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An attendee dressed up in a "fursuit" costume waves down to others from a balcony at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee dressed up in a "fursuit" costume waves down to others from a balcony at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

An attendee dressed up in a "fursuit" costume waves down to others from a balcony at the Midwest FurFest in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Attendees at the Midwest FurFest gather for a group photo in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

Attendees at the Midwest FurFest gather for a group photo in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Attendees at the Midwest FurFest gather for a group photo in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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