Furries are back! Anthrocon is underway in Pittsburgh

Published: Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 11:04 AM
Updated: Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 11:13 AM


            Anthrocon returns to Pittsburgh for 11th year
Anthrocon returns to Pittsburgh for 11th year

Anthrocon, also known as the world's largest furry convention, is officially underway in downtown Pittsburgh.

The convention takes place through Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It's the eleventh consecutive year the convention has been held in Pittsburgh.

This year's theme is "The Roaring Twenty," as Anthrocon is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016.

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Furries are people who celebrate anthropomorphism which, simply put, means people who like to celebrate the human traits that can be found in animals or animal characters, like Bugs Bunny.

About 1,500 of the 6,500 people expected to attend the convention dress up in full-body suits that make them appear to be animal characters.

These "fursuiters" will take part in the Fursuit Walk on Saturday at 2 p.m. It's a parade around the convention center. People are invited to watch along Tenth Street, next to the waterfall feature.

According to VisitPITTSBURGH, Anthrocon will contribute to $6.3 million in direct spending for our region.

"We are always pleased to host Anthrocon's annual convention," said Craig Davis, CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH.

Anthrocon has raised more than $240,000 for animal-related charities in Pennsylvania. This year it has selected the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as the charity it will support.

The convention started in Albany, New York.

Snake knocks out power for 22,000 customers in Florida

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 9:39 AM

Dangerous Snakes

Florida's Jacksonville Electric Authority is working on changes to keep critters from knocking out residents' power.

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A snake is being blamed for a major outage in Orange Park that left 22,000 customers in the dark.

JEA officials said the snake came into contact with a high voltage circuit breaker.

A wildlife trapper said it was a red rat snake.

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“This time of year the snakes are really bad,” neighbor Cynthia Surrency said.

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This is not the first time a snake has caused an outage.

In July 2014, a snake got into a transformer and caused a brief power outage at the St Johns Town Center.

Then in September 2015, a snake crawled into a transformer in Clay Electric’s Double Branch substation and caused an outage that left 5,000 customers in the dark for an hour.

Two weeks later, another snake caused a power outage that affected thousands of customers in the northern part of Clay County.

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Action News Jax asked JEA if anything is being done to prevent this from happening again.

Officials said animal guards and fiberglass brackets are being installed on distribution lines to help prevent contact between animals and energized equipment.

They also say the company is also working to prevent bird nests in substations because eggs attract hungry snakes.

JEA said on average, animals cause one outage once every two or three years inside a substation.

Park ranger: Crab flips over, shows face of Jesus

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:10 AM

Live Dungeness crabs for sale at a Seattle market (stock photo).
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Live Dungeness crabs for sale at a Seattle market (stock photo).(Maxvis/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A park ranger was crabbing near Whidbey Island in Washington state when something she caught made her do a double take.

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“We dropped several crab pots but didn't have any keepers until this pot was pulled up,” Regis Swanson told KIRO-TV. “The crab was crawling up the cage and flipped over showing her belly when I noticed the Jesus face!”

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Swanson, a park ranger in Snohomish County, was out with a French exchange student. She was showing off the northwest activities and scenery when she caught the crab.

She took a photo before throwing it back into the water. 

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Frozen Italian sausages fall from sky onto Florida family's home

Published: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

15 Pounds of Frozen Sausage Crashes Onto Family's Roof

In something out of a scene from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” a South Florida family awoke to frozen Italian sausage on their roof.

The Adair family, of Deerfield Beach, woke up Saturday morning to the loud thud of several packages of frozen Italian sausage banging against the roof, according to WPLG.

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"It was like thunder, and it awakened me out of a sleep," Travis Adair told WPLG.

After finding two packages of the meat in their yard, the family checked their roof and found three more packages. In total, 15 pounds of sausage somehow ended up striking their home.

The packages were marked William Land Service, a land-clearing company from Alabama, according to WPLG.

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"I called them and the guy had no idea what I was talking about and probably thought I was crazy," Travis’ son Austin Adair told WPLG.

Baffled by the discovery, the family thinks the meat drop was either connected to a drug deal or fell from a plane. 

Cobras, geckos seized at JFK airport mail facility

Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 2:20 PM

Dangerous Snakes

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents encountered a slithery surprise when investigating a suspicious package at Kennedy International Airport's mail facility.

Officials seized five live king cobras and three geckos that were stuffed in a round container on June 29, The Associated Press reported.

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Agents said the package from Hong Kong was labeled, "plastic tray.”

The reptiles were sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for further investigation, the agency said in a news release.

King cobras are the world’s largest venomous snakes and can grow to nearly 19 feet, The Associated Press reported.