by Patch O'Furr
Here’s a nice story of community problem solving.
Any time there’s a furry event in San Francisco, Zarafa Giraffe is there. He gets around so much, that he was the featured image (with me too) when SFGate news mentioned “furries” in a silly little story about “The Most Embarrassing Google Searches” per state.
Zarafa is iconic for SF Bay Area furries. So it was a shock to hear that his fursuit was stolen:
That’s very nice personal coverage from Broke-Ass Stuart. He’s a well known San Francisco personality who does travel writing, news blogging, TV hosting, and even ran for mayor. The news tip came from Smashwolf. It made great press, counting the city as a place for the wild and creative, and furries as a unique part of it.
Broke-Ass Stuart linked Dogpatch Press. There was already a story here about the scene of the crime – a crossover between the subculturally hot Frolic furry party, the big party Bootie, and it’s venue, DNA Lounge.
The fursuit theft happened with a car break-in. Furries speculated that they were specially targeted, but consensus held that the carry case was a random target. There had already been high-profile efforts to reduce car robbery in the neighborhood with assistance from night life venues. NBC News reported about DNA Lounge: “After thieves targeted club staff, performers and guests, the promoters chipped in to hire security guard Jonathan Yancey.” (More at SFist.)
As crushing as the loss was, the stage was set for a very visible search. (The attention shows what I take as a credo… if you don’t like what the media does, Be The Media.) The hunt was on to find a missing purple giraffe. He’s a good fursona… how many of those are there?