The Furtean Times closes; content brought to Flayrah
With falling readership and contributions since the middle of the year, followed on by an exploit in early September bringing the site offline, I have decided to close the website for good.
It was my initial intention to rebuild the website from scratch to make it easier for users to contribute multimedia content [...], however this process was difficult and time consuming to complete while working alone. Having started university in September, I now have little time on my hands for such an in-depth and involved project.
Around 150 pieces were published from FT's January 2007 origin as a fanzine-style website, ranging from reviews and features to hard news. The site was influential in its native land, with lead writer Ian Wolf (stories) interviewed by the BBC in their 2009 article Who are the furries?
The Furtean Times' closure leaves Flayrah as the main source for originally-written furry news in English, supplemented by entertainment blogs Weasel Wordsmith and InFurNation, while furryne.ws, Furries In The Media and Furry Reddit provide social news, links and commentary.
Non-English readers are served by Fauna Urbana (Brazilian Portuguese) – which recently celebrated its first anniversary – Red Furros (Spanish) and Russian news portal WeFurries plus fanzine HUGS (occupying the space previously covered by Furry News).