True, I’d say it’s the whole watching the Lion King and having a crush on adult Simba but x10 seeing humanoid features in something furry which is then associated with cuddly/cute so it’s like a weird combination attraction, scalies can’t be as easily explained but it’s more along the lines of being attracted to something “monstrous”. Then again a lot of furries are non sexual and those are generally suiters, and they do it just because it’s fun, same reason people do drag. It’s just fun to dress up.
- Source: Close friend is a fursuiter / furry artist
TNP knows what a scalie is