Hello everyone! I've been lurking here for a couple of days, occasionally replying to things, and I should probably officially introduce myself.
I'm pretty new to the whole furry thing. I know basically nothing about how any of this stuff works. But I'd like to learn. :)
(I'm new to Mastodon as well. It still feels weird tagging things inline like that.)
@IceWolf As mentioned by others, the exact nature varies. Pretty much every furry has a "character." An avatar they use in furry spaces. This can be relatively straight forward (a picture of wolf/tiger/fox) or it can be a more complicated piece of artwork (see my icon).
@IceWolf The definition of furry is (generally) people who have an affinity for anthropomorphic (or just anthromorphic) animals. This means situations where human qualities and characteristics are given to animals.
Those quality/characteristics can range from animals with human thoughts (think Homeward Bound and The Lion King) to an animal wearing clothes and going to a job (think Robin Hood and Zootopia).
@IceWolf How you choose to display your avatar/character can change from one moment to the next. For the most part, there really are no rules.