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.)

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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.

Beauty & the Beasts: 20 Animals Who Love Flowers

Roses are red, violets are blue, animals love flowers just like me and you! This fragrant expose of flagrantly flora-loving fauna may simply be the result of patient photographers enjoying some judicious timing. Regardless of rhyme or reason, however, one can't resist smiling at these natural sights of the season.

Ebony, Ivory, O RLY? 10 Unexpected Black & White Animals

Just as no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, no one expects certain "informally attired" animals to sport the classy tuxedo look 24-7. So forget Fifty Shades Of Grey and the monotone middle ground, these ten creatures say black and white are just all right!

Prick This: Cat Butt Pincushions Dreamed Up By A Knit Wit

Who sez pricks and butts don't belong together? These Cat Butt Pincushions on display at the Tokyo Design Festa 2015 demand a second glance... especially if you happen to enjoy knitting AND own a cat.

Animal Houses: Ten Fun Animal-Shaped Buildings

Whether you're selling a pet-related product, providing service to animals or just want to make people smile, securing space in a building that looks like an animal is the way to go. This collection of ten fun animal-shaped buildings will definitely appeal to the worldwide fraternity of animal-lovers, with the extra bonus of NO double secret probation.

Cat Sushi Combines Japan's Two Favorite Obsessions

“Neko-Sushi is an extremely unusual life-form consisting of a cat on top of a portion of sushi rice” according to Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts of Japan, creators of a deliciously cat-tastic website & gift shop.

Get A Kick Out Of Cleaning With Frog Mop Slippers

Tired of unintentionally mopping up kitchen spills with your socks? Slip on a pair of Frog Mop Slippers and you'll be saying “Kermit” instead of “Darnit!” Designed with a frog face on top and a shaggy mop on the bottom, these cute yet functional Japanese imports are a kick to wear whether or not cleaning's on your to-do list.

Polish “Nurse Cat” Comforts Fellow Shelter Critters

A very special black cat has become a good luck charm for injured dogs and cats at a Polish animal shelter. Rademenes, a nine-month-old feline, was treated at the shelter after being rescued and now appears to be paying it forward by comforting his four-footed fellows.


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