CREATURE FEATURES - Animal & Pet News, Clues and Views

Creature FeaturesCreature Features features creatures and more... as time goes by we'll look at news, reflect on views, and generally muse about animals, pets and their owners, and who's to say which is which?

When Joseph Merrick (the "Elephant Man") stridently shouted "I am not an animal! I am a human being!", did he inadvertantly infuriate our furry friends? When David Byrne of Talking Heads sang "Animals think they're pretty smart," was he also inferring that "Animals think! They're pretty smart!"?

Questions for the ages to be sure, but our longstanding and ongoing fascination with pets and animals of all sorts remains remarkable regardless of rhymes or reasons. We hope you enjoy these posts for their own sake and for the sake of the subjects. (image via Gilbert Shelton, © Rip Off Press, Inc.)

Lamb Born With 'Lamb' Marked On Its Side Is Really Remarkable
Posted on April 24, 2018

A black lamb from Gloucestershire, UK has white markings on its side that appear to spell out the word 'Lamb'.

Paint Prank Has Rescued Tortoise Seeing Red
Posted on April 23, 2018

A rescued Gopher Tortoise from Florida is making progress in rehabilitation after unknown human abusers slathered its shell with concrete and spray-painted it red.

Knife-Wielding Monk Seal Pup Is A Real Cutup
Posted on April 22, 2018

A Hawaiian monk seal pup decided it would be both endangered and dangerous by grabbing a discarded knife in its mouth.

Real-Life Sonic Hedgehog Rescued & Treated For Blue Paint Exposure
Posted on April 20, 2018

It's not Game Over for a recently rescued 'Sonic' hedgehog found covered in blue paint.

Lamb On The Lam Follows Jogger Back To Its Flock
Posted on April 19, 2018

A well-meaning Scottish jogger took time out from his regular run to help a little lost lamb return to the rest of its flock.

Blue Fox Scissors Pointer Combo Makes The Cut At Any Meeting
Posted on April 18, 2018

The Saks Scissor does double duty as a spring-loaded scissors and, with its cute blue fox cap installed, an attention-grabbing pointer.

Pooch Perp Peers Pensively From Police Paddywagon
Posted on April 17, 2018

A photo of a dog nabbed by police for allegedly attacking a deer has gone viral after his owner snapped his 'I regret nothing' face peering out from an OPP vehicle's barred back window.

Cow Brand Beauty Soap Cud Make Complexions Creamier
Posted on April 16, 2018

Cow Brand Beauty Soap, one of Japan's oldest brands, chose a cow as its symbol because bovines can only go forward.

Swan Song For 'Beheaded' Bird Was A Beak Mistake
Posted on April 13, 2018

Better luck neck's time for a majestic white swan from Warrington, UK that was reported to have been cruelly beheaded beside a roadside pond.

Shark Attack Salt & Pepper Shaker Set Makes A Great Gift For A Chum
Posted on April 12, 2018

These Shark Attack Salt & Pepper Shakers add 'bite' to any meal but you're gonna need a bigger gravy boat.

Mummified Monkey At Mall Mystifies Minneapolitans
Posted on April 11, 2018

The mummified remains of a monkey found by workers renovating the old Dayton's Department Store in Minneapolis has historians scratching their heads.

Oversized Armadillo Reported Roaming Through Brazilian Town
Posted on April 10, 2018

Residents of Barra do Garcas, Brazil were alarmed when an unusually large and usually shy nine-banded armadillo was spotted prowling the city's streets.

Avocado-Loving Pet Polishes Off Avocados & Primes Their Pits
Posted on April 9, 2018

Holy guacamole! A dutiful farm dog from southern California not only loves to eat avocados, his unique way of 'polishing off' the pits seems to prime the seeds for germination.

Weird Barfing Mermaid Animal Figurines Emulate Singapore's Merlion
Posted on April 8, 2018

Have you hurled, er, heard about these weird 'barfing' mermaid animals inspired by Singapore's unofficial mascot, the Merlion?

Russian Cat Demands Food Without Meowing
Posted on April 6, 2018

A Russian Blue cat from, er, Russia signals their owner to refill an empty food dish with a heavy metal riff rather than a chorus of meows.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority Really Gets Their Goats
Posted on April 5, 2018

PTA workers using a borrowed crane rescued a pair of billy goats gruff trapped beneath a bridge in western Pennsylvania.

Dog's Head Handbag Is One Brainy Fashion Accessory
Posted on March 31, 2018

The Shiba Inu Pouch handbag is the perfect pocketbook for the puppy purse person on your pet-centric gift shopping list.

Lamb Learns What Rain Feels Like, Likes It A Lot
Posted on March 30, 2018

A two-week-old lamb from Scotland got to experience rain for the first time  and loved it. Maybe the wee sheep should be named Look Skywater.

Wily Coyote Spends Night At Museum, Leaves Smarter But Sleepier
Posted on March 29, 2018

An urban coyote with a taste for roadrunners AND knowledge spent the night at a New York museum recently, though the only thing it learned was that tranquilizers make you really, really sleepy.

Tree Frog Stowaway Boards Banana Boat Bound For Britain
Posted on March 28, 2018

Bananas are yellow, tree frogs are green but how many of the latter have grocery shoppers seen at a British supermarket's produce department?

Slipper Swallowing Snake Is A Sole Survivor
Posted on March 27, 2018

A trespassing carpet python hungry for a toes-ted treat wound up having a swallowed slipper surgically removed by a local veterinarian.

Wayward Walrus Waddles Ashore In Scotland
Posted on March 26, 2018

A walrus spied lounging on Peedie Beach in northernmost Scotland is believed to be the first such tusker to reach the UK mainland since 1954.

Theme Park's T-Rex Goes Up In Flames
Posted on March 25, 2018

An animatronic T-Rex at a Colorado theme park finally joined his flesh & blood kin on the ash heap of history after a (Jurassic) spark set off a roaring conflagration of fire and fury.

Cute Fruit Tart Cat Bed Ensures Sweet Dreams
Posted on March 22, 2018

This charmingly cute fruit tart cat bed features a plush 'pie crust' and includes five hand-sewn faux fruits for your cat-napper to cuddle up with.

Kansas Farmer Creates 'Cow Art' Visible From Space
Posted on March 21, 2018

A Kansas cattle farmer wanted to say 'Hi' to someone far, far away so he enlisted the help of his herd of cows and figured out when an orbiting Planet Labs satellite would be passing overhead.