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.)

Clever Cat Uses Crosswalk To Cross Busy British Street
Posted on January 16, 2017

A streetwise cat in Dartford, UK was caught on dashcam crossing a busy two-way road at a marked zebra crossing.

Rare Rainbow Lobster Is A Technicolor Dream
Posted on January 5, 2017

An exceedingly rare, psychedelically-hued, rainbow-tinted lobster caught in St. Marys Bay, Nova Scotia could be the poster child for the acid-ification of the oceans.

Trump Rooster Statues Already On Sale Online In China
Posted on December 31, 2016

Well, that didn't take long: replicas of the YUGE Trump Rooster erected outside a Chinese shopping mall are now on sale at Taobao, China's leading online marketplace.

Buzzkill: Honey Of A Playground Features Giant Wooden Wasps
Posted on December 31, 2016

Build an educational playground where kids can learn about honeybees, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

Russian Snake Snags Snack From Surf, Drags It Back To Its Own Turf
Posted on December 30, 2016

You don't have to be a Sea Snake to enjoy seafood but it helps to have a forked tongue when wrangling a meal from the watery depths.

Chicken Head Egg Vending Machine Is All It's Cracked Up To Be
Posted on December 30, 2016

If you think vending machines aren't the ideal sales venue for perishable foods like farm-fresh eggs, well, the yolk's on you!

Tardigrade Plush Toy's Got Eight Legs To Cuddle You
Posted on December 28, 2016

These plush Tardigrades are about 1,000 times larger than actual Water Bears because it's tough to cuddle a pet too small to be seen with the naked eye.

New Species Of Hawaiian Coral Reef Fish Named For President Obama
Posted on December 28, 2016

A newly discovered species of Hawaiian coral reef fish has been named after President Barack Obama – the second fish to be named in honor of America's 44th president.

Nothing Can Trump This Yuge Chinese Rooster Statue
Posted on December 27, 2016

China will celebrate the Year of the Rooster in 2017 while America rings in the Year of The Donald. Why not both? A Chinese artist answers that question in the yuuugest way possible.

The Top Ten Offbeat Pet & Animal Calendars For 2017
Posted on December 27, 2016

These offbeat and amusing 2017 pet themed calendars are just what we need to help get us through what's going to be a most extraordinary year, one dog-gone month at a time.

New Spider Named For Harry Potter Sorting Hat
Posted on December 26, 2016

A newly discovered species of spider has been formally named Eriovixia Gryffindori due to its 'uncanny' resemblance to the sorting hat from the Harry Potter films.

Bear-Headed Man Wearing Ingenious Disguise Robs Bank In Boston
Posted on December 24, 2016

A Boston bank robber thought he was smarter than the average bear when he did his dirty deed while wearing a polar bear hat.

Ziggy Stardust Snake Is The Skittles Of Reptiles
Posted on December 21, 2016

A previously unknown rainbow-headed snake discovered in Laos by WWF researchers has been informally dubbed 'Ziggy Stardust', inspired by the late David Bowie.

Ten Famous Pets & Animals We've Lost In 2016
Posted on December 20, 2016

The Grim Reaper cut a swath through the ranks of society's artists, entertainers and celebrities in 2016, claiming a host of famous pets and animals as well.

Cat Butt Fridge Magnets Are Kinda Nuts
Posted on December 19, 2016

Cat Butt Refrigerator Magnets are the miniaturized opposites of mounted trophy-hunting heads, though this is what those big game trophies might look like from the other side of the wall.

Drivers Warned To Beware Of Salt-Liking, Car-Licking Moose
Posted on December 15, 2016

Call it a “Canadian Car Wash” - so many wild moose in Alberta's Peter Lougheed Provincial Park are licking parked cars encrusted with road salt that the government has had to issue a warning.

Scollar Creates The Pet Collar Of Tomorrow Today
Posted on December 14, 2016

Scollar smart collars for dogs and cats pack a wealth of modern pet care technology into a lightweight, comfortable and cool-looking collar.

Russian Cat Frozen To The Pavement Saved By Warm-Hearted Couple
Posted on December 13, 2016

A Russian street cat whose paws froze to the pavement beneath a parked car thawed the hearts of a passing couple – who returned the favor using a few buckets of warm water.

Jeremy The Lovelorn Left-Handed Snail Finally Finds His Shell-Mate
Posted on December 12, 2016

An extremely rare “left-handed” garden snail dubbed Jeremy has managed to find his soul- er, shell-mate... with a little help from his human friends.

The Luuup Scoopless Cat Litter Box Lets You Scoop Less Poop
Posted on December 7, 2016

No scoops, no liners, no hassle! The Luuup 3 sifting tray litter system is to cat litter boxes what the elusive “better mousetrap” is to, er, boring old everyday mousetraps.

Feathered Forefathers: The Top Ten Heritage Turkey Breeds
Posted on November 21, 2016

Heritage turkeys are long-lived, slow-growing and endangered to various degrees but these historic turkey breeds are increasingly being recognized as welcome alternatives to industrially-bred turkeys.

Baby Steppes: Orphaned Pallas's Cats Raised By House Cats Return To The Wild
Posted on November 16, 2016

A pair of orphaned Pallas's Cat kittens from southeastern Siberia managed to beat the odds and return to the wild as adults, thanks to the efforts of two domestic cat moms with milk and kindness to spare.

Cows Moo-rooned On Grassy Island After New Zealand Quake
Posted on November 15, 2016

A trio of grazing cows in New Zealand found themselves stranded on a tiny pasture plateau after a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake collapsed much of their meadow.

Istanbul's Most Casual Cat Immortalized With Bronze Statue
Posted on November 14, 2016

Tombili, a beloved Istanbul street cat known for his casual longing pose, passed on but won't be forgotten thanks to a bronze statue of the chubby kitty erected on the very steps where he loved to relax.

Something's Fishy About These Off-The-Hook Sandwich Bags
Posted on November 13, 2016

Bringing a goldfish home from the pet shop in a clear, water-filled plastic bag is a fond memory and Off-The-Hook sandwich bags tap into those memories while safeguarding workplace lunches.