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One man in jeans and a button-down shirt gets up from a couch in the lobby and walks over to the elevator, revealing a fluffy tail dragging behind him. Inside, a fellow is kissing a man with antlers on his head. Here, a number of “furries”—people whose interest in animal characters goes further than an appreciation of At p.m., near the front desk, three men known as Pack Rat, Rob Fox, and Zen Wolph are scratching one another’s backs—grooming one another, like macaques in a zoo. a polar bear.“In normal society,” Dickinson says, “two people who hardly know each other do not walk up and scratch each other’s backs. Last year, Johnson, who has brought the ashes of his dead cat to the Fur Fest, persuaded Dickinson to attend another furry convention in Memphis, and that’s what did it.“It’s a new way of looking at the world,” Dickinson says.