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Zoo Boo Review

How do I explain yesterday's fursuiting at the Rio Grande Zoo? How about, better than the Balloon Fiesta and Santa Monica Pier COMBINED! How about, un-freakin' believable! Here's the rundown of the event.

We all arrived at the appointed time of 11:30. Unfortunately, my contact was nowhere to be found. I got someone to let us in and we proceeded to the volunteer table. When asked the name of our troupe, I proudly declared, "The New Mexico Furries!" We were taken to some offices where we could suit up. I should mention who all was in attendence; myself, tenax, emberflowers, furrysparkles, indicoyote, dabber, ari_foxy, jeil_kitty, Kit, and a new fur, Jake a.k.a. Nightrider. There were 3 suiters; myself, Tenax, who wore my Abbey Raccoon, and Eberflowers (a.k.a. Amy) who debuted her new self-made fursuit *applauds*. My ego is disappointed, however, because I can no longer claim to be the only fursuiter in New Mexico.

I think I made it about 50' before I gave my first hug. And so it went for the next 4 hours straight (a new personal record! Woo hoo!) I had wanted to stroll around the zoo, but the crowd was so thick I ended up just standing in one spot and let the people come to me. For me to walk 10' to get to a table where my handlers had water, it literally took 5 minutes due to all of the requests for pictures and hugs. What made it extra special was that many of the kids were dressed up in animal costumes. It was WONDERFUL to see so many cute little fursuits. Even Scooby-Doo's were cute. I was worried about getting face paint all over my brand new, snow-white fur, but it really wasn't an issue. Words can't begin to describe the joy I experienced! I'm pretty sure that I will be getting a call from the Zoological Society to be their official mascot.

I can't report on how Tenax faired because he took the other approach. He quickly disappeared and wandered around the zoo passing out hugs and posing for pics. I do have a photo one of the handlers took of him playing Twister. *LOL* You'll have to read his LJ for his report (when he posts it). Amy was close by me for most of the day. Once again, you'll have to read her LJ entry for her personal account. I did hear many people calling her dog suit a fox and a wolf. It appeared, however, that she has been deeply bitten by the fursuiting bug. She also let Jake try her fursuit for the later part of the afternoon. He, too, is a good fursuiter. Side note: I heard that the raccoon suit was referred to as a chipmunk and a squirrel. WTF!?! Are people that zoologically stoopid?

And now...

Nevada and Raggedy Ann and Andy


Emberflower's new fursuit!


Tenax getting his share of picture taking


OMG! Is that Nevada with Mutt from the Funday Pawpet Show?!?
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How do I explain yesterday's fursuiting at the Rio Grande Zoo? How about, better than the Balloon Fiesta and Santa Monica Pier COMBINED! How about, un-freakin' believable! Here's the rundown of the event.

We all arrived at the appointed time of 11:30. Unfortunately, my contact was nowhere to be found. I got someone to let us in and we proceeded to the volunteer table. When asked the name of our troupe, I proudly declared, "The New Mexico Furries!" We were taken to some offices where we could suit up. I should mention who all was in attendence; myself, <lj user="tenax">, <lj user="emberflowers">, <lj user="furrysparkles">, <lj user="matrian">, <lj user="dabber">, <lj user="ari_foxy">, <lj user="jeil_kitty">, Kit, and a new fur, Jake a.k.a. Nightrider. There were 3 suiters; myself, Tenax, who wore my Abbey Raccoon, and Eberflowers (a.k.a. Amy) who debuted her new self-made fursuit *applauds*. My ego is disappointed, however, because I can no longer claim to be the only fursuiter in New Mexico.

I think I made it about 50' before I gave my first hug. And so it went for the next 4 hours straight (a new personal record! Woo hoo!) I had wanted to stroll around the zoo, but the crowd was so thick I ended up just standing in one spot and let the people come to me. For me to walk 10' to get to a table where my handlers had water, it literally took 5 minutes due to all of the requests for pictures and hugs. What made it extra special was that many of the kids were dressed up in animal costumes. It was WONDERFUL to see so many cute little fursuits. Even Scooby-Doo's were cute. I was worried about getting face paint all over my brand new, snow-white fur, but it really wasn't an issue. Words can't begin to describe the joy I experienced! I'm pretty sure that I will be getting a call from the Zoological Society to be their official mascot.

I can't report on how Tenax faired because he took the other approach. He quickly disappeared and wandered around the zoo passing out hugs and posing for pics. I do have a photo one of the handlers took of him playing Twister. *LOL* You'll have to read his LJ for his report (when he posts it). Amy was close by me for most of the day. Once again, you'll have to read her LJ entry for her personal account. I did hear many people calling her dog suit a fox and a wolf. It appeared, however, that she has been deeply bitten by the fursuiting bug. She also let Jake try her fursuit for the later part of the afternoon. He, too, is a good fursuiter. Side note: I heard that the raccoon suit was referred to as a chipmunk and a squirrel. WTF!?! Are people that zoologically stoopid?

And now...
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Nevada and Raggedy Ann and Andy
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Emberflower's new fursuit!
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Tenax getting his share of picture taking
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OMG! Is that Nevada with Mutt from the Funday Pawpet Show?!?
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I should also comment that I was able to stay in suit for 4 hours due to the fact that a major cold front blew in that day which kept temps 20 degrees cooler than they had been in the previous days. I also noticed this morning that my tomato plants died, so it did fall below 32 last night.

We called it quits at 4. The 3 of us desuited and then most of us headed back to my den. We then all, except Tenax, proceeded to Fuddruckers where I treated the gang to dinner. It was a nice way to wind down. Well, it would have been, but it was decided to carry on with a furmeet back at my den. So we all headed back for an evening of comics, "Blazing Saddles" and "Army of Darkness".

I won't have to worry about PFD. It already hit me with both barrels (from it's BOOMSTICK) this morning. I wasn't depressed per se, but I had absolutely no patience for anything. I was just kinda pissed off at the world. Maybe because it wasn't anything like that little bit of furry paradise that I experienced the day before.
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