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.)

Bear In Colorado Springs Sprung From Storm Drain
Posted on September 4, 2018

A 250-pound bear trapped in a storm drain got an new lease on life when wildlife officers extricated the burly bruin in a humane, hands-off showdown.

Fishmonger Busted For Putting Googly Eyes On Old Fish
Posted on September 3, 2018

A seafood shop in Kuwait took fresh fish fakery to an eye-popping level by gluing plastic googly eyes onto its catch of the (previous) day.

Mysterious 'Big Cat' Snapped Skulking Through Northeastern PA Backyards
Posted on August 31, 2018

An unidentified 'big cat' – possibly a mountain lion or an overgrown bobcat – was caught on tape as it prowled along suburban backyards in Lackawanna County, PA.

Kitty Print Kimono Is The Cat's Meow
Posted on August 31, 2018

You can kimono our house anytime while wearing this 100% cotton yukata resplendent in cool seafoam aqua emblazoned with playful ginger cats leaping through the late autumn grass.

Leapin' Lizards! San Juan Iguana Photobombs Vacationer
Posted on August 30, 2018

President Trump said we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico but he's got nuthin' on an anonymous iguana whose perfectly timed leap was a thing of photobombing beauty.

'Pizza Squirrel' Shamelessly Snacks On Squandered Slice Poolside
Posted on August 29, 2018

A squirrel with a serious case of the munchies was caught chowing down on a trashed slice of pizza at a California hotel pool.

Hello Kitty Statue Beheaded By Typhoon
Posted on August 28, 2018

Me Oww! A huge statue of Hello Kitty that greeted visitors to Hello Kitty Island in South Korea is badly in need of repair after a powerful typhoon broke its neck.

Wee Paws For This Cat's Paw Toothbrush Stand
Posted on August 27, 2018

Cat lovers will go mental, er, dental for this cat's paw kitty-themed toothbrush & toothpaste stand made from durable melamine plastic.

Creepy Cat Lamp Gets Turned On When You Press Its Testes
Posted on August 24, 2018

An anatomically correct cat lamp called 'Felix' turns on (and off) with a gentle flick of its golden bollocks.

Chinese Army Dog Salutes Soldiers Going Off Duty
Posted on August 23, 2018

We're not saying the Chinese Army has gone to the dogs but in one city at least, soldiers at the end of their duty shift are exchanging salutes with a well-trained K9.

Rilakkuma Cute Doll Pillow Cover Set Sweetens Dreams
Posted on August 21, 2018

The Rilakkuma Cute Doll Pillow Cover Set is the next best thing to sleeping head-on, so to speak, with the super-popular San-X character and his friends.

Oversized Snake Constricts Mailbox, Conflicts Mailman
Posted on August 20, 2018

A large python 'went postal' on an Overland Park letter carrier who'd figured barking dogs and hissing cats were the worst of his worries.

Parrot Rescuer Rescued From Muddy Drained Lake
Posted on August 17, 2018

A pet-owner from Belleville, Illinois got that sinking feeling while trying to rescue his escaped parrot from the middle of a mud-choked lake bed.

World's Only Mammoth Wool Hat On Sale For $10,000
Posted on August 15, 2018

A Siberian seller of truly vintage clothing wants a cool ten grand for a one-of-a-kind, certified authentic, 'scratchy but not smelly' cap woven from prehistoric woolly mammoth wool.

Feline-Friendly Florida Firefighters Free Electric Kitty
Posted on August 13, 2018

A cute kitten who caught its head in an electric generator was given a helping hand by firefighters who performed the rescue free of charge.

Fried Chicken Drumstick Pants Give You Meaty Thighs
Posted on August 10, 2018

Strut your stuff in 'CieKen' Fried Chicken Drumstick Pants, the only legwear guaranteed to raise eyebrows AND appetites.

Monster Tadpole Bigger Than Coke Can Is The Real Thing
Posted on August 9, 2018

Goliath, an invasive bullfrog tadpole plucked from an Arizona pond, could be the largest larval leaper-to-be ever recorded.

Remote-Controlled Alligator Head Alarms Texas Town
Posted on August 8, 2018

Fearful folks who saw a large “alligator” in the river in New Braunfels, Texas can rest easy now that police have determined the toothy terror was merely a remote-controlled gator head.

Cantankerous Cow Charges Compassionate Cop
Posted on August 7, 2018

A Scottish police constable charged with returning an escaped cow to its pasture ended up being charged by the cranky cattle chattel instead.

Goat To Walmart, Bring Your Kid
Posted on August 6, 2018

Good on this couple for not leaving their 'kid' at home or in the car while shopping at Walmart. Bonus points for the backpack carrier resplendent in shades of graze.

Owl Trolls Photographer By Posing In Front Of Sign
Posted on August 2, 2018

Does this sign make me look fat? An endangered Burrowing Owl appears to be in full troll mode as it stands beneath a sign reminding park visitors that 'molesting' owls is a crime.

Russian Man Shares Watermelon With Pet Bear
Posted on August 1, 2018

Or should we say, 'In post-soviet Russia, bear share watermelon with YOU!'

Dog Named Lucifer Alerts Man To House Fire
Posted on July 28, 2018

A devilishly good pooch named Lucifer wasn't about to let his owner (and his house) go up in flames without satan, er, sayin' something first.

Brave Girl Rescues Shark Trapped By Pounding Surf
Posted on July 26, 2018

Girl meets shark, girl rescues shark! A teenager walking along the rocky Rhode Island coastline saved a distressed dogfish shark being battered by the waves.

Feline 'Invigilator' Keeps Cat's Eye On Exam Writers
Posted on July 25, 2018

Students writing exams at a Chinese college were monitored by an all-seeing, all-knowing and all-purring cat invigilator.