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.)

Rescued Baby Golden Possum Looks Shockingly Like Pikachu
Posted on December 11, 2018

A rescued baby Brushtail Possum displaying a rare 'golden' mutation that makes her look like Pikachu has become the unofficial mascot of an Australian veterinary clinic.

Yellow Vest Dog Protests Wet Weather, Feet, Nose
Posted on December 10, 2018

Has the Yellow Vest Movement gone to the dogs? At least one seemingly protesting canine was snapped strolling down a rainy Paris boulevard at a recent 'Gilets Jaunes' demonstration.

Duck In A Box Causes Minor Flap At Walmart
Posted on December 9, 2018

Attention Walmart shoppers: Don't get caught with your duck out, confine it to a carrier like one daffy doofus did.

Cat Feet Chair Socks Keep Your Stools Silent
Posted on December 6, 2018

Cat-foot chair socks from Japan reduce the noise from furniture scraping across the floor, vastly improving relations with the neighbors downstairs.

Fat Freddy's Cat Figurine From The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers
Posted on December 5, 2018

Fat Freddy's Cat from counterculture artist Gilbert Shelton's Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comics has been immortalized as a limited edition figurine.

In Arm's Way: Girl Accidentally Brings Home Deadly Blue-Ringed Octopus
Posted on December 4, 2018

An oblivious beach-goer brought home a VERY unwelcome stowaway from her outing at Australia's Coogee Beach.

Wildlife Sanctuary Calls For Food Donations And Responders Go Nuts
Posted on December 3, 2018

'Tis the season to go nutty! Hundreds of rescued squirrels at the Carolina Wildlife Center will dine well this winter thanks to generous folks who went 'nuts' in response to the CWC's call for in-kind donations.

Rilakkuma Coasters Bear Drinks, Protect Coffee Tables
Posted on November 30, 2018

These cute cork Rilakkuma coasters are made in Japan from natural cork and are officially licensed by San-X.

'Heroic' Policeman Rescues Chicken, Gets Roasted By Fellow Cops
Posted on November 29, 2018

Fowl play in Ossining, New York was in the cards for a “heroic” local police officer who arrived at the scene of a shed fire and rescued a wayward chicken.

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Gives Up Embassy Cat Companion
Posted on November 28, 2018

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks gave up his freedom to lead a lonely existence holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and now he's given up his cute cat companion as well.

Iceland's Creepy Christmas Cat Is Ready To Rock Reykjavik
Posted on November 27, 2018

When in Reykjavik, look out for the statue of Iceland's infamous Christmas Cat, lit up for the holiday season with 6,500 LED lights and a glittering golden collar.

Pesky Polar Bear Just Wants To Have Friends For Lunch
Posted on November 26, 2018

A nosy polar bear got a little too handsy with a Russian arctic station worker before being run off by the station's guard dogs.

Scientist Names New Beetle After MLB Slugger Jose Bautista
Posted on November 24, 2018

Don't tell Rougned Odor but a newly discovered species of beetle from the Dominican Republic has been named after fellow native son and former Toronto Blue Jays home run hero Jose Bautista.

Chinese City Installs Shark Fin Bollard Barriers
Posted on November 23, 2018

A series of shark fin-shaped bollards in Chongqing, China were installed alongside a busy street to protect stores and cafes from vehicular traffic.

Russians Polar Bear Proof Their Windows With Spiked Grills
Posted on November 20, 2018

When in Siberia, do as the Russians do: polar bear proof your home by installing spiked metal grills over every ground floor window.

Escaped Elephant Tracked Down By New York State Troopers
Posted on November 19, 2018

An elephant on the lam from an animal sanctuary met its match when New York State Police troopers tracked down the trespassing trunked tusker.

Did A Mexican Walmart Just Hold An In-Store Cockfight?
Posted on November 16, 2018

A photo snapped at a Walmart store in Mexico appears to show a miniature arena floored with sawdust, two men holding roosters, and a presumed referee. Let's get ready to rollback!

Human Pet House Is A Pet Bed For Pet-Loving People
Posted on November 15, 2018

The Human Pet House is a people-sized and cat-eared indoor tent ideal for those who aren't kitten enough sleep at night.

Coalinga's Iron Zoo Puts The 'Pet' Into Petroleum
Posted on November 13, 2018

The 'Iron Zoo' of painted pumpjacks near Coalinga, California adds a dash of animal magnetism to the industrial landscape in Fresno County.

Mountain Climber Holds Summit Summit With Mysterious Cat
Posted on November 9, 2018

Most mountain climbers don't like surprises but Wojciech Jabczynski was all smiles when a curious cat joined him at the summit of Poland's highest peak.

Stuck-Head Shiba Inu Dog Figurines Grin & Bear The Shame
Posted on November 8, 2018

Stuck in the middle with you... and these hapless but happy Shiba Inu dog figurines whose heads are stuck in walls, paintings, donuts and more.

Plump Pig On The Lam Lured Back With Trail Of Doritos
Posted on November 7, 2018

This story has everything a fan of a certain vintage TV crime drama would want: a deputy named Ponce, a bag of, er, ChiPs, and a happy ending for all of the characters.

Bears Climb Power Line Pole, Avoid Getting Buzzed
Posted on November 6, 2018

Two bears in rural Manitoba who climbed to the top of a 66-kilovolt hydroelectric power pole were rescued by line workers and, this being Canada, are now free to catch a buzz somewhere else.

Caring Vet Turns Recycled Washing Machines Into Dryer Cat Shelters
Posted on November 5, 2018

A clever veterinarian from southern Portugal has turned stray cats' affinity for old washing machines into a project providing shelter, care and urban beautification.

'Grumpy Cat 2.0' Showered With Loving Care At RSPCA Clinic
Posted on November 4, 2018

A ginger cat injured in a car accident looks so grouchy staff at the RSPCA’s Putney Animal Hospital have dubbed him 'Grumpy Cat 2.0' in homage to grimacing internet meme cat Tardar Sauce.