Newsbytes archive for January 2020
earthfurst: Fur Affinity unveiled update including new user interface & 3 new themes. They have "brought on additional [coding] staff to rewrite and modernize" FA. Also offering $5/month Fur Affinity Plus (FA+) membership for sponsor-icon & ad opt-out.
GreenReaper: 48-year-old siverback gorilla Massa is one of 30+ animals killed in a fire at Krefeld zoo, believed to have been started by Chinese sky lanterns. Such lanterns have been implicated in numerous fires in built-up areas and were illegal to set off or sell in the city.
GreenReaper: Rats finally have their own coin. But what will they spend it on? Now for sale at the Royal Mint, the second-best deal after the £5 appears to be the Silver Proof Kilo, which costs 'just' ~four times its £500 face value.
GreenReaper: Lidl's lion is the latest casualty of government and charities' war on cartoon animals in sugary "junk food". Also to be cut, as the Daily Mail notes, are a 'snappy' gator and vaguely disturbing honey bee.
GreenReaper: With unicorns, hedgehogs, and snake-headed pharaoh, will Korean TV hit Masked Singer take off in the UK? (And more importantly: how well would it work with fursuits?)
GreenReaper: After 80 years exile, and ~800 fathered in a bid to save his kind, giant tortoise Diego is to retire to Española in the Galápagos Islands - named after his species - to live with his children.
GreenReaper: Artist and "fluffy cringe monster" Zillion Ross joined Coloradan shark-kitsune Dinghy Manokit, Kiwi Fox and Nova Husky to raise $17,800 to support the Australian Red Cross in a two-hour spicy-tasting session - one Foxy fan gave 87% of the total.
GreenReaper: Scottish island girls dress as horses, tack and tails - while boys draw ploughs - inspiring a costume designer: "In one of his designs he has a hoodie and he's put ears on it, which is like some of the outfits which have little ears for the horses".
dronon: Fight of Animals on Steam is... well, the title pretty much sums it up.
GreenReaper: Brazilian and US scientists tortured dark-furred mice, accidentally finding the cause - and later, a potential path towards a cure - for grey hair triggered by stress-induced high blood pressure.
GreenReaper: Got a view on flying in the USA with cats, ferrets, squirrels, sugar gliders or emotional support animals in general? Time to speak up; the Department of Transport proposes limiting "service animals" to those with special training.
GreenReaper: Recreation camps: a welcome break for hard-working temple pachyderms, or a brief moment in the exercise yard chained up with your fellow prisoners? (Perhaps they'd prefer the "orphanage" featured at the end.)
dronon: The Daily Dot reports that the Industrial Workers of the World used fat-fur artwork. After reactions on Twitter, the IWW takes it in stride and invites freelance artists and fursuit makers to join unions.