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.)

World's Oldest Cat 'Nutmeg' Off To Scratch Up The Pearly Gates
Posted on October 23, 2017

Nutmeg, a British tabby thought to be the world's oldest cat, has coughed up his last hairball at the astonishing age of 32.

Demon Creatures: 8 Amazing Animals Who Look Like KISS's Gene Simmons
Posted on October 19, 2017

Gene Simmons and his KISS bandmates used to spend hours applying their signature makeup before performing. These 8 “demonic” creatures, on the other han- er, paw are for the most part naughty-looking by nature.

Rare Booby Exposed In Massachusetts
Posted on September 28, 2017

Blame Tropical Storm Jose for blowing a Masked Booby (a tropical seabird) from its Gulf of Mexico stomping grounds all the way north to Massachusetts.

Say 'Cheep': 2017 Bird Photographers Of The Year
Posted on September 27, 2017

The third annual Bird Photographer of the Year competition organized by Nature Photographers Ltd celebrates the art of bird photography while promoting bird conservation through contributions to the British Trust for Ornithology.

Two Lynxes Trash Talking On The Highway Are Today's Maine Attraction
Posted on September 22, 2017

A pair of lynx cats decided to talk it out, face to face, in the middle of an old logging road. The eerily human-like sound of their screamfest is certain to haunt your dreams.

Wandering White Pig Has Virginia Residents Mystified
Posted on September 22, 2017

Life's anything but 'boaring' lately for residents of Glen Allen, Virginia since a mysterious white pig began roaming the neighborhood.

Nesting Norwegian Swallows Master Motion-Detecting Garage Door
Posted on September 19, 2017

Some clever barn swallows from Tonsberg, Norway have discovered how to open a condominium's garage door, allowing them to outfox predators who don't yet know how motion-detectors work.

Hermit Crab Using A Doll's Head For A Shell Creeps Out The Internet
Posted on September 11, 2017

A resourceful coconut crab on a South Pacific coral atoll chose an old doll's head as its temporary home, much to the horror of much of the internet.

Salad Stowaway Frog Avoids Fork, Becomes Pet
Posted on August 31, 2017

A small frog inadvertently packaged in a bag of spring mix salad made the leap from house dressing to house pet thanks to an observant vegetarian diner.

3D Printed Cat Armor Weaponizes Your Pet Pussycat
Posted on August 31, 2017

This cool 3D modeled and 3D printed set of cat armor – with matching spiky helmet – adds the best features of armadillos and scorpions to your pet pussycat's formidable array of natural offensive/defensive weapons.

Cow Cleaning Machine Makes Every Cow A HappyCow
Posted on August 30, 2017

The automatic HappyCow cattle cleaner & massager will have your bovines beaming beatifically a half-dozen times a day.

Russian Apartment Dweller Builds Glow-In-The-Dark Bridge For His Cat
Posted on August 28, 2017

From the “only in Russia” file comes this tale of a spoiled cat whose owner rigged up a night-glowing bridge for his cat to use any time of the day – or night.

Rescued Welsh Seal Pup Named For Popular GoT Character Theon
Posted on August 25, 2017

A distressed seal pup rescued from a beach in Wales has been named for Theon Greyjoy, a popular character in the hit TV fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Rare White Moose Snapped Skinny-Dipping In Sweden
Posted on August 15, 2017

A majestic snow-white bull moose sporting an impressive rack of frosty antlers was recorded beating the summer heat in a chilly lake in western Sweden.

Cat With Cat On Its Nose Smells Like... Any Other Cat
Posted on August 14, 2017

This awesomely meta cat from Japan has a natural marking on its nose that looks like a miniature resting black cat. So, how does it smell? Quite well, thank you.

'Nastiest' Prehistoric Sea Crocodile Named For Motorhead's Lemmy
Posted on August 10, 2017

Meet Lemmysuchus, a particularly fearsome fossil sea crocodile named after Lemmy Kilmister, the late lead guitarist from the heavy metal band Motorhead.

Japanese Cat & Dog Wall Clocks Sport Lifelike Wagging Tails
Posted on August 8, 2017

These cat & dog wall clocks from Japanese designer Keitaro Fujii sport lifelike wagging tails that will charm and alarm you.

Alleged Tortoise Thief Defended By Smart Skeptical Mom
Posted on August 7, 2017

A New York man suspected of stealing a 'huge a--' tortoise from an animal shelter is being defended by someone very close to home: his sharp-tongued mother.

'Demon' Calf Is Spittin' Image Of KISS's Gene Simmons
Posted on August 2, 2017

A calf from Kerrville, Texas entered the world sporting KISS-like black & white facial markings that impressed not just her owners but Gene “The Demon” Simmons himself.

Dashcam Captures Guy Walking With A Sea Gull On His Head
Posted on July 31, 2017

A Scottish driving instructor and his student managed to keep their collective cool when they passed a man walking along the sidewalk with a flapping sea gull perched on top of his head.

Helpful Tourist Flips Stranded Sea Turtle Back On Its Flippers
Posted on July 26, 2017

A tourist at a resort in Cozumel, Mexico saved a doomed sea turtle by flipping it back on its feet, er, flippers, allowing it to return to the ocean.

Stubbs, Feline Mayor Of Talkeetna, Passes Away At Age 20
Posted on July 24, 2017

A yellow cat named Stubbs has shuffled off this mortal coil after serving 19 of his 20 years as the elected mayor of a small town in Alaska. Talk about your political animals!

Creepy Cute Bunny Harvestman Could Give An Arachnid Arachnophobia
Posted on July 20, 2017

This bizarre looking “Bunny Harvestman” from the South American rainforest looks like a mad scientist grafted a rabbit's head onto an octet of spindly spider legs.

Maine Lobstermen Rescue Seal Pup Tangled In Fishing Net
Posted on July 19, 2017

A pair of kindly Maine lobstermen get the “seal of approval” from animal lovers everywhere after they carefully freed a young seal pup from a snarled tangle of discarded fishing nets.

Green-Furred Pup Is The Pickle Of The Litter
Posted on July 18, 2017

A Golden Retriever puppy with green fur was born recently in Scotland, only the fourth time such a thing has occurred. Naturally, the pup's owner named him “Forest”.