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, 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.

WATCH: Injured gator rescued from roadside median, gets a kiss

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 6:11 AM

Another “snapping” Florida gator was spotted on the side of the road, but this one had a reason to be upset – it was injured, authorities said

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An 8-foot-alligator was found “resting on the median” in Tamarac on Sunday. The reptile was “badly hurt and visibly bleeding,” according to WPLG

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"It appeared that maybe it was hit by a car, because it had some road rash from the nose up its spine," Sgt. Will Medina from the Broward Sheriff’s Office told WPLG. 

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After a nine-minute struggle, the trapper captured the gator “and gave it a kiss on the snout,” WPLG reported. 

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Last week, another “snapping” gator was blocking traffic, That 8-foot gator was spotted in Tampa.

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WATCH: Beaver casually herds 150 heifers across Canadian ranch

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 6:26 PM

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A beaver herding cattle may be one of the most Canadian things ever to go viral.

Saskatchewan rancher Adrienne Ivey posted video of the amusing incident Saturday on Facebook. She wrote on Facebook, "How do we move 150 heifers in Canada? Now I just need a better trained beaver..."

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Ivey followed up on Monday with a post on her blog, "View from the Ranch Porch," providing more details about the beaver with a talent for herding. Ivey said that the ranch is in the middle of calving season, the time of year when calves are born. The heifers on the ranch were grouped together because they are young and have not had experience giving birth before, so they often need extra assistance. When Ivey went to check on the herd, she was surprised to see 150 heifers moving so closely together. She thought that one of the heifers had given birth.

Instead, it was a beaver.

Ivey said it is not unusual to see beaver and other forms of wildlife on the ranch, and that the heifers, because of their youth, are curious creatures. When the beaver crossed the cattle's path, they couldn't help but follow their new friend.

The beaver has long been a Canadian symbol, as the CBC reports.

Walmart greeter says he was fired after wild turkey wandered into store

Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 2:41 PM

An 88-year-old Wisconsin man never thought an incident involving a wild turkey would get him fired from his job as a Walmart greeter.

Bob Tallinger told WISN that a wild turkey wandered into the store March 27 while he was on duty as a greeter. Employees and customers were able to shoo the wayward bird to the outdoor garden section of the store, where a Humane Animal Welfare Society worker was able to capture it with a net. The bird was not injured and was released back into the wild. No customers were harmed during the incident.

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Tallinger was shocked to learn a few days later that he had been terminated. He said he was told that he was fired for not alerting a manager that the animal had wandered into the store.

Tallinger told WISN that he loved being a greeter because of all of the people he met on the job. Tallinger had been a greeter at the store for approximately eight years and was a popular fixture with customers, according to WISN.

When reached for comment, Walmart released the following statement to WISN: "We appreciate the public's concern and take this situation seriously. While we will not comment on HR matters, we can confirm Mr. Tallinger is no longer with the company."

Live scorpion found in bag of spinach, couple claims

Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

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A Maryland couple contacted a grocery store chain after they said they opened a bag of store-brand spinach on Monday and found a live scorpion.

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“The fact that it's in a spinach bag, a typical washed spinach bag, makes me so concerned,” Shanmukha Pranay Rajeev Jerripothula told WMAR.

Jerripothula’s wife, Sri Sindhusha Boddapati, found the unexpected arachnid Monday when she opened a bag of spinach that was bought Friday from the Giant Food store in Landover, WRC-TV reported.

“I saw something inside the bag, crawling,” she told the news station. “I thought it was a cricket in the beginning.”

Boddapati was able to get the creature into a water bottle and discovered that it was a scorpion, according to WRC-TV. Jerripothula later took the bottle to the Giant store.

“I told them not to sell the spinach anymore, because it might contain a scorpion,” Jerripothula told WRC-TV.

The store pulled its store-brand spinach off shelves a few hours after Jerripothula’s visit, according to the news station.

In a statement released to WJLA, Giant Food of Landover said it’s working with its supplier to prevent similar incidents.

"Customer satisfaction is our highest priority,” the statement said. “We regret any inconvenience to our customer. We take the quality of our products very seriously and we are following up with the supplier to take every step to ensure this isolated incident does not occur in the future."