Trigger warning: domestic violence.
The furry community is a well known fandom and subculture that celebrates anthropomorphic animal characters...by dressing up in furry animal costumes.
And they are making news for the best reason.
At a recent furry convention in California, a man who assaulted his girlfriend was met with a furry smackdown.
A courageous group of furries caught the perpetrator, 22-year-old Demetri Hardnett, holding him down until the police arrived.
Hardnett was promptly arrested on charges of domestic violence.
Furries pulling together to stop an abuser last night was absolutely WILD https://t.co/4CNbaHniqQ— ROBBIE! 🏝️ (@ROBBIE! 🏝️)1579383786.0
DJ Robbie Ryan, one of the furries to witness the event, told CNN the details of the incident.
Ryan was taking a smoke break when he saw a blue car approach, pulling up beside the curb.
"We heard a woman's screams coming from inside and saw the passenger throwing full fists at whoever was driving. We got up and ran towards the car, my friend pulled open the door and we both held onto the attacker. The girl driver was yelling for him to get out, as he started trying to fight us off."
While two furries held the abuser down, four more convention attendees joined in, pulling Hardnett out of the car and onto the sidewalk.
Ryan caught the incident on video.
https://t.co/7QVA01UYO1— ROBBIE! 🏝️ (@ROBBIE! 🏝️)1579384012.0
The furry vigilantes received an overwhelmingly positive reaction from Twitter, with many commending the costumed heroes.
@robbiesets Give them badges. Maybe the world would welcome less local police sponsored terrorism. Coincidentally,… https://t.co/fOX4ksW3Iz— Ninja Ninja (@Ninja Ninja)1579691320.0
@robbiesets Furries stopping abuse. What has your fandom done today? ☕— Lauren Anderson (@Lauren Anderson)1579388279.0
@robbiesets If anyone wants to know what furries can when we pull together. Exhibit a: this video Exhibit b: this v… https://t.co/OQohAOeFR7— Midnight the Dutch angel dragon (@Midnight the Dutch angel dragon)1579390988.0
@robbiesets An abuser being thrown down and pinned by a fluffy pink dinosaur is the 2020 I’m living for— Mery 🔜 TFF (@Mery 🔜 TFF)1579397894.0
@robbiesets Guy: *start doin illegal fighting* The furries near him: https://t.co/ann5UcTbtX— handly (@handly)1579430368.0
@robbiesets Not to trivialize this awesomeness, but can you imagine the scene in the holding cell? "Attempted robb… https://t.co/FhMGQw5ozr— Nerikull Murakami (@Nerikull Murakami)1579396711.0
@robbiesets Bet that man pissed his pants as soon as he saw fursuiters come at him with the slappy paws.— Ronnie 🍜🐉 (@Ronnie 🍜🐉)1579407212.0
@robbiesets he will forever be know as the man who was beat up by furries— ChocoLocoBRUH💂🏿♂️ (@ChocoLocoBRUH💂🏿♂️)1579393659.0
Currently, the well-being of the woman involved is unknown. But it goes to show, she definitely has some furry guardian angels on her side.
Stop making fun of furries. They're actually pretty cool.