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Man Tries to Change Name to 'Boomer the Dog'

Pittsburgh 'furry' identifies strongly with canine TV star

(Newser) - Gary Guy Matthews is an "anthropomorphic enthusiast," a group perhaps better known as "furries"—adults who dress up in full-body animal costumes. Matthews, a single 44-year-old in Pittsburgh, is now taking it one step further: he's filed to get his legal name changed to that of...

Knut 'Doesn't Know He's a Polar Bear'

Overexposed to humans, celebrity animal is miserable

(Newser) - Poor Knut: The celebrity polar bear, no longer the ball of fluff who captivated animal lovers around the world, is miserable without human contact and doesn't realize he isn't a person. "Knut must go. As soon as possible," a keeper at the Berlin Zoo said of the 300-pound...

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