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.

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Seagull steals man's wallet, flees to rooftop; here's how volunteers got it back

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 7:04 AM

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File photo of a seagull.(Engin_Akyurt / Pixabay.com)

A man's wallet was stolen by an unlikely thief last week in Massachusetts.

According to The Associated Press, the man was walking down Main Street in Gloucester on Friday when a seagull swiped his wallet, which was sitting on top of a pizza box he was carrying.

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The gull retreated to a nearby rooftop, where volunteers were able to get the man's wallet back from the plumed pickpocket using a bucket truck.

Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken shared more details about the incident, complete with photos, on her Facebook page Friday night.

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Posted by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken on Friday, July 13, 2018
 
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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WATCH: Bear roams outside cabin rental office, hops into truck

Published: Saturday, May 05, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

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A cabin rental office in Tennessee received surprise visitors this week.

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A bear roamed the parking lot of the Chalet Village office on Wednesday, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. After unsuccessfully trying to access a trash bin and pausing at the front door, the bear sauntered over to a company pickup truck and easily opened the door. The bear climbed into the back of the truck momentarily, before being shooed out by employees.

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Chalet Village representative Cindy Dale Jenkins told the Knoxville News Sentinel that another bear paid a visit to a company truck on Thursday, this time settling into the driver's seat.

Jenkins said that employees should have followed the advice they give to guests, which is to keep all vehicles locked and to be aware that bears may be in the area.

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Giant inflatable duck named Quacky bounces down street in Iowa

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 1:56 PM

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File image of an inflatable duck.(Pixabay)

High winds set loose a giant inflatable duck which surprised motorists in Iowa Thursday evening.

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The duck, named Quacky, belongs to the Youth Emergency Shelter and Services in Des Moines, The Associated Press reported. Windy conditions set the inflatable loose, and the duck proceeded to bounce down a 2-block stretch in a Des Moines neighborhood. 

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Video captured the unusual scene.

The inflatable duck has been returned to its owners, and is receiving repairs so it will be ready for its appearance at a May 5 fundraiser, the AP reported.

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Florida man arrested after shooting over cat hair, police say

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

Casselberry police arrested Craig A. Tull on April 26 following an altercation with his roommate over cat hair on a couch.
Casselberry Police Department
Casselberry police arrested Craig A. Tull on April 26 following an altercation with his roommate over cat hair on a couch.(Casselberry Police Department)

A Florida man told his roommate, "The next one's going in you!" after shooting at him following an altercation over cat hair, according to a police report obtained by WFTV

The incident occurred April 26 at a home in Casselberry.

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Craig Allen Tull told the responding officer his roommate, Christopher D. Schaffner, did not clean up after his cat when it left hair all over the couch. He said he ordered Schaffner to leave the house, but he refused, at which point he shoved Schaffner. 

Schaffner told police he was sitting at his computer in the living room when Tull got his gun from his bedroom and pointed it at him, firing a round in his direction but not hitting him. Schaffer also told the officer Tull grabbed his car keys from his belt before jabbing the gun into his rib cage, causing minor bruising.

Crime scene investigators found bullet holes in a wood cabinet that were consistent with the silver Taurus Judge revolver in the home, WFTV reported.

Police arrested Tull, but had to use four sets of handcuffs because he was unable to put his hands behind his back. He faces multiple charges, included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

Schaffner told the officer he and Tull have been roommates for two years since Schaffner's girlfriend died. 

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