'Furry' worry prompts library discussion - WFSB 3 Connecticut

'Furry' worry prompts library discussion


Security concerns were raised after a person wearing an animal costume showed up at a library in Enfield.

"Furries" are people who dress in animal or character costumes and attend conventions in the attire.

In August, a "furry" visited the Enfield Library and during its visit, attracted the attention of a child. Library Director Henry Dutcher took to an online forum following the incident.

"Some children are fascinated by them. Last night one child took one of their 'paws,' just like they would at Disney World without hesitation and was lead away by them," he wrote. "Thankfully still in the library and our staff happened to observe it and kept an eye on them."

No action has been taken by the library staff in Enfield. 

"Kids are friendly, they'll just go up to anybody," said Dina Karat of Enfield. "So you don't know what they're point is and what they're gonna do."

However, in Portland, they have enacted a policy that allows no one to enter the library with their face covered unless it's for religious or medical reasons.

In Connecticut, Furry conventions are a big deal and there is a three-day event in Cromwell in October called "Fur Fight."

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