CREATURE FEATURES - Animal & Pet News, Clues and Views

Creature 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.)


Hand-made Cat Paw Stamps Help You Keep On Pussyfootin'

Cat paw stamps from Japan add a dash of feline whimsy to any type of non-digital media. Hand-made and painted to match 8 different cat breeds, these “wee paws for communication identification” make great gifts for the cat-lover who thinks they have everything.

Black Cat Project Spotlights Adoptable Black Cats... Because Black Cats Matter!

Black cats spend more time in shelters than their brighter-colored brethren, possibly because they just don't photograph well. The Black Cat Project addresses this issue by allowing adorable, adoptable black cats to look their best while showing off their appealing personalities.

It's A Dog's Life For Pumpkin The Raccoon

Pumpkin the Raccoon's prospects were dim after falling out of her nest, breaking a leg and being abandoned by her mother. Things changed fast, however, when a caring family with two rescue dogs took Pumpkin in and made her a welcome part of their interspecies family.

Drop Shipment: The Top 10 Canine Poop Factory Costumes

Being as dogs are the top manufacturers and distributors in the pet poop biz, it's only natural their dutiful owners would advertise the fact and Halloween offers the ideal opportunity to do just that. What's surprising is that so many poop-scoopin' pet owners would take the time to craft a decent Poop Factory costume. Here are ten of the crappiest – and we mean that in a good way.

Cat Scratch Laptop Saves Keyboards, Exercises Claws

Think your cat's jealous of all the time you spend typing away on your laptop? Think again... maybe they just want some personal feline keyboard time. Give your high-tech kitty what they want with the Cat Scratch Laptop!

Parallel Barking: Angry Russian Dog Chomps Car, Fleas Scene

In post-Soviet Russia, dogma hit karma! A car-owner in Petrozavodsk must have parked too close to Laika's favorite fire hydrant, prompting the peeved pooch to go full Red Army on the red hatchback.

10 Bugs That Are 5,000 Times Cuter Than Puppies Or Kittens

Been bitten by the love bug lately? Longing for the sweet sting of Cupid's tiny arrow? Then look no further, ladybugs and harvestmen, as we present some of Mother Gnature's cutest crawly critters. The bug buzz starts here with 10 adorably cute bugs...

Neko Damashi Cat Soul Charms Show True Feline Spirit

Cute & creepy Neko Damashi “Cat Soul Charms” from Takara Tomy are available from gachapon coin-operated vending machines. Collect all six different ghost cats or give 'em as gifts to your favorite crazy cat person!

Windshield Wiper Vandalism Case Solved, Perps Won't Become Jailbirds

Japanese police are “raven” after solving a mysterious case of auto vandalism in which up to 40 cars had the rubber stripped from their windshield wipers. No arrests will be made, however, as the perps turned out to be clever and resourceful neighborhood crows.

Mewgaroo Hoodie With Pet Pouch Keeps Your Cat Close Kangaroo Style

Mix mew with (kan)garoo and what do you get? The Mewgaroo Hoodie from Unihabitat, a clever combination of sweatshirt and pet carrier that keeps your cat or small dog as close & cozy as a Mama 'Roo and her Joey.

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