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.)

Greedy Gull Is No White Dwarf After Gulping Down A Starfish
Posted on November 17, 2017

A hungry sea gull may have lost an arms race with a starfish but ended up winning the battle... hands down.

First Cat In Space Félicette To Be Celebrated With A Statue
Posted on November 16, 2017

Félicette, the first cat to rocket into space, will be honored with a dedicated bronze statue in Paris thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that reached its funding target with mere hours to spare.

No Cheap Return For SONY's AIBO Robotic Pet Dog
Posted on November 14, 2017

SONY's AIBO robotic pet dog is returning to store shelves but Rover's return won't come cheap since SONY requires owners to subscribe to a pricey cloud back-up service.

Feline Felon Unlikely Suspect In Attempted Murder Investigation
Posted on November 13, 2017

Your Meow Mix or your life! Police in Japan suspect a stray cat found with blood on its claws is responsible for mauling an elderly woman.

The Beautiful Cat Endures In London's Highgate Cemetery
Posted on October 31, 2017

A uniquely beautiful feline tombstone marks the grave of Anna Clare Bootle, a young woman who passed away unexpectedly and is interred in London's historic Highgate Cemetery.

Bushed Badger Barges In, Beds Down For A Cat Nap
Posted on October 30, 2017

Badgers? We don't need any stinkin' badgers! A house-sitter in Scotland was shocked to find a badger who had entered through the cat flap was enjoying the mother of all cat naps.

Artisanal Scaled-Down Cat Furniture Promotes Japanese City's Craftsmen
Posted on October 28, 2017

Miniaturized furniture for cats marketed by a consortium of over a dozen Okawa City artisans is finally putting the furniture capital of Japan on the map.

Jack-o'-lantern Snake Adds Herpetology To Halloween
Posted on October 28, 2017

Snake breeders are turning pythons into pumpkins just in time for Halloween and unlike Cinderella's coach, there's no time limit on this not-so-magical transformation.

Rare Rescued Albino Orangutan Is Looking For A Safe Forest Island Home
Posted on October 27, 2017

A rare albino orangutan recently rescued from a village in Borneo has been given a popularly chosen name – Alba – and a chance to live in a protected “forest island” home if enough people donate to support her cause.

Tortoise-Surfing Rattlesnake Kicks Back & Relaxes
Posted on October 26, 2017

The desert sand is hot and you've got neither arms nor legs to help you rise above it. What to do? Hitch a ride on a passing tortoise and take a load off your, er, belly.

Meet Qoobo, The Tail-Wagging Robot Cat For Folks Who Can't Have Cats
Posted on October 26, 2017

Did we mention Qoobo has no head, arms or legs? Yeah, this therapeutic and hypoallergenic robotic pet is basically a furry purring 'body' with a tail that wags, which isn't at all disturbing – especially to those already IN therapy.

Bear Snapped Sitting On Dumped Sofa Waits For Bruins / Predators Game To Begin
Posted on October 25, 2017

He may not be smarter than the average bear but he sure looks more comfortable, thanks to an old sofa discarded at a northern Canadian town dump.

The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Artificial Hermit Crab Shells
Posted on October 25, 2017

Hermit crabs have soft, unprotected abdomens they protect by moving into some other creature's cast-off shell. When natural seashells aren't available, however, they'll crabbily move into some uncouth human's cast-off trash.

Plush Blobfish Slippers Look Ugly, Feel Cozy!
Posted on October 24, 2017

Blobfish may be hideous-looking, comically-bloated, deep-sea-dwelling fish but on a chill winter's day there's nothing you'd rather have on your feet.

Only In Alaska: Mama Lynx & Her 7 Kittens Visit Anchorage Photographer
Posted on October 24, 2017

Anchorage-based photographer Tim Newton was awoken by the padding of well-padded feet one morning when a mother lynx and her seven kittens stopped by his backyard deck.

World's Oldest Cat 'Nutmeg' Off To Scratch Up The Pearly Gates
Posted on October 23, 2017

Nutmeg, a British tabby thought to be the world's oldest cat, has coughed up his last hairball at the astonishing age of 32.

Demon Creatures: 8 Amazing Animals Who Look Like KISS's Gene Simmons
Posted on October 19, 2017

Gene Simmons and his KISS bandmates used to spend hours applying their signature makeup before performing. These 8 “demonic” creatures, on the other han- er, paw are for the most part naughty-looking by nature.

Rare Booby Exposed In Massachusetts
Posted on September 28, 2017

Blame Tropical Storm Jose for blowing a Masked Booby (a tropical seabird) from its Gulf of Mexico stomping grounds all the way north to Massachusetts.

Say 'Cheep': 2017 Bird Photographers Of The Year
Posted on September 27, 2017

The third annual Bird Photographer of the Year competition organized by Nature Photographers Ltd celebrates the art of bird photography while promoting bird conservation through contributions to the British Trust for Ornithology.

Two Lynxes Trash Talking On The Highway Are Today's Maine Attraction
Posted on September 22, 2017

A pair of lynx cats decided to talk it out, face to face, in the middle of an old logging road. The eerily human-like sound of their screamfest is certain to haunt your dreams.

Wandering White Pig Has Virginia Residents Mystified
Posted on September 22, 2017

Life's anything but 'boaring' lately for residents of Glen Allen, Virginia since a mysterious white pig began roaming the neighborhood.

Nesting Norwegian Swallows Master Motion-Detecting Garage Door
Posted on September 19, 2017

Some clever barn swallows from Tonsberg, Norway have discovered how to open a condominium's garage door, allowing them to outfox predators who don't yet know how motion-detectors work.

Hermit Crab Using A Doll's Head For A Shell Creeps Out The Internet
Posted on September 11, 2017

A resourceful coconut crab on a South Pacific coral atoll chose an old doll's head as its temporary home, much to the horror of much of the internet.

Salad Stowaway Frog Avoids Fork, Becomes Pet
Posted on August 31, 2017

A small frog inadvertently packaged in a bag of spring mix salad made the leap from house dressing to house pet thanks to an observant vegetarian diner.

3D Printed Cat Armor Weaponizes Your Pet Pussycat
Posted on August 31, 2017

This cool 3D modeled and 3D printed set of cat armor – with matching spiky helmet – adds the best features of armadillos and scorpions to your pet pussycat's formidable array of natural offensive/defensive weapons.