Australia accidentally uses ‘furries’ as Olympic mascots

The Aussie authorities have gotten themselves into an extremely hairy situation.

In a bizarre bureaucratic bungle being celebrated in the furry community, the Australian government accidentally commissioned fursonas for its Olympic mascots. The fuzzy figures have already been printed onto a variety of Olympics promotional merch, including coins, booklets and comics.

โ€œSo, the Olympics are soon, how is your country trying to drum up national pride? Well here in Australia, supermarket chain Woolworths (Woolies) is having a collectable sticker series for kids to collect of our athletes with ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™œ๐™š๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ช๐™ง๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™–๐™จ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™จ?!โ€ one wide-eyed tweeter noted, along with photos of the collectibles.

The artist who created the characters reportedly even responded to explain how the governmentโ€™s apparent bizarre endorsement of the sexualized, anthropomorphic animal community came to be.

โ€œGโ€™day! Thatโ€™s my art and my (re)designs. Had no idea theyโ€™d finally gone into use LMAO. Happy to field any questions. Rest assured the people employing me had no idea what furries were. But I did,โ€ commented the 2D artist behind the campaign.

On their own profile, they offered further insight into how the situation came to be.

โ€œhey fellow aussies, the fursonas I was commissioned to draw by the government are now on sale in booklet form for $3 at woolies,โ€ they wrote on Wednesday. โ€œI am no longer jazzed for the olympics theyre attached to due to the global plague weโ€™re all living through but what can you do. Send tweet.โ€

A dance at a furry convention in California.
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That the government moved ahead with printing the artistโ€™s comics on the merch came as a surprise. โ€œWHAT THE HELL. DID I GET AN EMAIL (scrolls) nope,โ€ the artist wrote in a follow-up tweet.

An Australian Mint spokesperson said in a statement that theyโ€™d intended for the mascots to be manga-style, in tribute to Japan being the host country, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

A spokesperson from Australian supermarket chain Woolworths, a key Olympics sponsor, said that while the Mint may not have fully realized what their commission looked like, it was a hit.

โ€œWeโ€™ve already received positive customer feedback, including from customers who are excited by the representation in the Olympic and Paralympic games and the Aussie Heroes collection,โ€ Woolworths said in a statement.

The Mint added that over 90 percent of the coin collection sold within three days of becoming available.

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