Posted March 16, 2017 by Ron Callari

What’s labeled ‘faux’ should be just that. The origin of this word is French and it's translated to mean “imitation.” Used as an adjective, it most often precedes a noun as a descriptor for an object, event or character that is ‘not the real deal.’ In the case of ‘faux fur,’ a garment can range from every-day wear to haute couture. However, it should not come from a fur-covered animal and if it does, it should never be marketed as ‘faux fur.’ Unfortunately in the case of ‘raccoon dogs’ that is not the case, and definitely a practice that should be banned.

Posted March 9, 2017 by Creature Features

It's a piggy bank, it's an animal sculpture, it's... both! This realistic Indian Star tortoise coin bank saves spare change while adding life to any room.

Posted March 6, 2017 by Ron Callari

Those who follow Google Doodles have come to expect the unexpected from the world’s largest search engine. From birthdays of sometimes little-known historic figures to the celebration of esoteric holidays, Google invests time, money and labor into entertaining us regularly with their innovative and creative Doodles.

Posted February 28, 2017 by Ron Callari

The goal is 12,500 species. The ’Photo Ark’ navigator and animal photographer is Joel Sartore. The mission is to document every captive animal species in the world using studio lighting and black-and-white backgrounds. So far, he’s traveled to 40 countries and has accomplished more than half of his target.

Posted February 28, 2017 by Creature Features

A wild Giant Panda has shown the phrase “eats shoots & leaves” doesn't always apply to the endangered bears, though it still describes an armed robbery at Panda Express.

Posted February 23, 2017 by Ron Callari

Some of the smallest frogs known to man were recently discovered following a five-year survey in India. Scientists discovered the new species after exploring some of the more biodiverse forests and mountains of the country. The seven new species are part of the “night frogs" family, biologically referred to as the Nyctibatrachus genus. Four of the seven — which are among the tiniest frogs ever found — are capable of comfortably crouching on a Indian rupee of or a thumb nail, with room to spare.

Posted February 21, 2017 by Creature Features

The arrival of a pair of Red Pandas named Ginger and Bruce at the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo bodes well for the endangered species' future.

Posted February 20, 2017 by Ron Callari

As much as it's been reported our world has entered the ‘sixth mass extinction,’ is it comforting to learn that scientists are experimenting with de-extinction? While the ethical issues may be of concern for some, such is the case with the scientific studies conducted by a Harvard team to create hybrid mammoth-elephant embryos in the next two years.