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 Of note, it should also be mentioned that some furs are anthro (standing upright), some are feral (meaning four legged) and some are a mix.
How you use your avatar/character is entirely up to you. It can just be you, it can represent a particular part of yourself, it can be a personality that is totally different from you, and pretty much anything and everything in between.