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Eurofeurence 2014: 17 Bizarre Pictures Of Europe's Biggest Furry Convention

26/08/2014 13:32 BST | Updated 01/09/2014 11:59 BST

Blue cats, pink foxes, psychedelic wolves and bikini-wearing bears amassed in Berlin this weekend for Europe's biggest furry convention.

To celebrate their love of anthropomorphic animals, thousands of furry fanatics checked into a Berlin hotel, making it Europe's largest human zoo.

Enjoying a weekend honouring all things fuzzy, Furries attended workshops for sewing and furry literature, concerts and shows - all under a wild theme, "CSI Berlin."

Furry fandom, a term used as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts.

The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC.

Now, many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes.

Arco, 23, car mechanic from Recklinghausen, told BZ Berlin how he paid 2,500 euros for his homemade wolf costume made of synthetic fur.

"It was worth it to me. It's great fun to distract from everyday life," he said.

Eurofeurence in Berlin