|Name(s):||Feral, feral animal, feral furry, quadruped|
|Scope/Focus:||fictional animals (with relatively realistic body shapes)|
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A Feral is a fictional animal with very little physical anthropomorphism. They may speak, but generally do not walk on two legs or have fingers, except where that species' real life equivalent does so. The feral fandom is sometimes considered part of the furry fandom, while others see it as totally different or only overlapping.
The feral fandom produces some unique types of fanworks, such as Animash and Quadsuits. Fans also create fursonas, OCs, RPs, animation, fanart and fanfic.
Ferals and quadrupeds may often be interchangeable when speaking, but they are two different things. Feral furries are more true to real animals. Someone can, in fact, have a fursona that doesn't speak nor walk bipedal, and still identify as a furry. Ferals can also walk on twos, but have the mind of an animal, similar to traditional werewolves. A quadruped is a type of furry that simply walks on all fours like a natural animal, and it may speak like a human. Essentially, a feral can be a quadruped, but not all quadrupeds are ferals.
Animash is a form of fanwork unique to the feral fandom. Animashers make videos set to music using scenes from movies like Balto and The Lion King.
Multi-Animator Projects, known as MAPs, are common in some feral fandoms, especially Warrior Cats. They are videos set to songs where multiple animators animate a section of the video.
Quadsuits are a form of fursuit where the wearer’s arms function as front legs. Stilts are used to keep the limbs even.
Quadsuits are often made for the commissioner’s fursona, or may be based on a pre-existing character.
Some notable fandoms falling under the feral umbrella include:
- Disney films like Bambi, Oliver & Company and The Lion King
- Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
- Jungle Emperor Leo
- My Little Pony
- Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
- The Plague Dogs
- Watership Down
- Warrior Cats
Crossover fanworks between these are common.
With Furry Fandom
"Feral discourse" is a common topic in the wider furry community, with some looking down on feral characters or creators. This has caused resentment among those who like more realistic-looking animals in cartoons, books and other forms of art.
Outside of Furry Fandom
Outside of Furry Fandom, controversy over ferals is much that same as the general controversy of Furry Fandom.