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.)

Wolf Spiders Find Mustard Repellent, Have No Opinions On Ketchup
Posted on April 22, 2019

Researchers have found that wolf spiders don't want prey with good taste, they want prey that tastes good – and mustard is NOT their preferred condiment.

Leopard Print Toilet Paper Spotted In Your Bathroom
Posted on April 19, 2019

Exotic leopard print toilet paper lets you answer the call of the wild while answering the call of nature.

No Bunny Like You: The Top 10 Offbeat Easter Chocolate Animals
Posted on April 18, 2019

Easter chocolate bunnies and hens may be traditional holiday treats but did you know other animals have gone to the sweet side as well?

New Snoopy Variarts Figurine Celebrates Japan's Reiwa Era
Posted on April 16, 2019

A gorgeous new Snoopy figurine not only heralds the dawn of Japan's Reiwa Era, it's the first entry in a new line of Variarts figurines sure to be sought by serious collectors.

Shoebill Steamed Bun Figurines Are Watching You Masticate
Posted on April 15, 2019

A new series of imitation steamed buns molded in the form of creepy Shoebill birds will grace your mantelpiece, encourage you to diet, haunt your dreams.

Vatican Kitties: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Cat Lover
Posted on April 14, 2019

His Holiness Benedict XVI Pope Emeritus, formerly Pope Benedict XVI, was known for his love of cats though due to tradition he was not allowed to keep one at his apartment in Vatican City's Apostolic Palace.

Bacon Bankin': The Top 10 Weird & Unusual Piggy Banks
Posted on April 12, 2019

These offbeat piggy banks might help save some bucks but the thought of seeing them every day will make you break the bank before you go bonkers.

Shark Sleeping Bag Cuddles Chews-y Chums
Posted on April 11, 2019

This six-and-a-half foot long shark-shaped sleeping bag puts the bite on restless sleepers while ensuring the nightmares begin before their eyelids even close.

Sea Turtle Tea Bags Frolic In The Deep Blue Tea
Posted on April 9, 2019

These cool, cute and disposable sea turtle shaped tea bags exude delicious Blue Jasmine Tea that turns your teacup into a tasteful tropical aquarium.

Sleeping Cat Umbrella Savers Boldly Mark Your Brolly
Posted on April 8, 2019

These sleeping cat umbrella savers help your brolly stand out in a crowd while displaying your love of cats, rain and sleep.

Nekocat: Your Online Home for Pics & Videos of Cats
Posted on April 7, 2019

If you love photos and videos of cats (and face it, who doesn't?), then claw your way over to Nekocat!

Firefighters Climb Tall, Tall Tree To Rescue Big, Big Cat
Posted on April 5, 2019

Cat stuck in a tree? All in a day's work for the San Bernardino County Fire department, even when the reported 'cat' turns out to be a mountain lion.

Rescued Chinese Giant Salamanders Find New Home At London Zoo
Posted on April 4, 2019

One of four rare Chinese Giant Salamanders found in cereal boxes being smuggled into the UK is making his public debut at the ZSL London Zoo.

The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Veterinarian Signs
Posted on April 3, 2019

As much as we love our pet vets for all the good they do, some otherwise remarkable animal docs can't get their medical message across without raising an eyebrow.

Donald Trump Squirrel Feeder Is A Presidential Nutcase
Posted on April 1, 2019

The Donald Trump Squirrel Feeder amuses and entertains political animals BIGLY while providing nutritious nuts and seeds to our non-voting wildlife pals.

Michael Vick, Dog Owner? Deleted Twitter Pic Shows Open Milk-Bones Box
Posted on March 31, 2019

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick was convicted on federal and state felony dog fighting charges in 2007 and as one of the conditions of his parole, he was not legally able to own a dog.

Road Hogs: A Fur-ther 10 Weird Animal Road Crossing Signs
Posted on March 29, 2019

The road less traveled just got safer thanks to these weird animal road crossing signs that tell us no matter how rare and unusual a creature may be, it still wants to cross the road in one piece.

Kitten-Head Marshmallows Are As Sweet As They Are Cute
Posted on March 27, 2019

The sweet faces of these Japanese kitten-head marshmallows prompt smiles of delight while their fruit-flavored interiors tantalize your taste buds.

Recycled Wine Barrel Cat Beds Put The Napa In Naptime
Posted on March 25, 2019

Cats of all (vint)ages will enjoy champagne dreams in these retired and recycled, wall-mounted, Napa Valley wine barrel cat beds.

Puppypalooza At U.S. Coast Guard Academy Celebrates Land & Sea Dogs
Posted on March 24, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Puppy Palooza invites salty dogs and poopdeck pups to meet this year's Coast Guard cadets at the Academy's annual Sports and Wellness Day.

Home Tweet Home: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Birdhouses
Posted on March 22, 2019

Even birds who don't mind the fact that birdhouses built by people don't often look natural might turn up their beaks at these ten weird and bizarre birdhouses.

Dogs Get Goofy Over This Spine-tingling Hedgehog Chew Toy
Posted on March 21, 2019

The 'Peep Hedgehog' chew toy smells like milk and squeaks when it's bitten, much like actual hedgehogs who would be horrified if they could read.

Good Dogma: The Top 10 Pet-Friendly Clever Church Signs
Posted on March 20, 2019

These inspirational church sign sayings that reference pets and/or animals combine humor and cleverness to ensure karma won't hit your dogma.

Alive & Olive: The Top 10 Unexpectedly Green Animals
Posted on March 17, 2019

Animals, mammals especially, don't often come in green but just as St Patrick's Day comes around once a year, you can expect an unexpectedly green critter to make an appearance once in a while.

Tokyo Pet Store Succeeds With 'Rent To Own' Puppy Policy
Posted on March 17, 2019

A Japanese pet store has introduced a Try 'em, Buy 'em business model that relies on the four-legged inventory to basically sell itself.