The latex fox and the leather hound

What happens when animal roleplayers gather in the woods? A kinky game of hide-and-seek that's actually pretty tame

By Tracy Clark-Flory

Published September 22, 2011 12:30AM (EDT)

There is a stranger behind me on this mountain path making horse noises -- not the silly "neighs" of childhood play but the sounds of a man in touch with his animal side. I turn and catch a nervous glimpse: He's wearing a midnight-black horse mask, a spandex bodysuit, biker boots and a network of BDSM harnesses. Oh, and his hands -- excuse me, hooves -- are bound behind his back.

I'm thinking: Maybe I was wrong to come here alone.

"Here" being Northern California's Fox Hunt, a version of hide and seek for kinky adults, held at a nudist retreat in the middle of the woods. Technically, I'm not alone -- there are a dozen or so others climbing the steep hillside, but they too are dressed like freaky-deaky versions of hunting animals. One man wears dark wraparound sunglasses under a black face-mask with fuzzy, species-indistinct ears duct-taped to the top of his head. Completing his look is a fake fur shrug and a mesh G-string that holds his man parts at attention -- it's subway flasher meets c...

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