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.)

Furs Class: 7 Cute Japanese Animal Kindergarten Buses
Posted on April 26, 2017

First day of school jitters are a thing of the past in Japan, where animal-shaped school buses help children – nervous or not – get to and from kindergarten in cartoon style.

Adrian's Pet Shop From The Rocky Films Is Demolished
Posted on April 26, 2017

The pet shop where Adrian worked in four of the seven “Rocky” motion pictures is down for the count and has been knocked out... er, knocked DOWN.

Giant Tiger Head Greets Visitors To North Korea's Central Zoo
Posted on April 25, 2017

The main gate of the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea takes the form of an enormous tiger's head with visitors entering and exiting through the big cat's mouth.

Fearless Cat Not Rattled By Texas-sized Snake
Posted on April 25, 2017

A “fearless” cat seen chilling out with a sun-seeking rattlesnake in Laguna Vista, Texas, appears to have survived the encounter without using any of its eight extra lives.

Shark Fin Cargo Banned By China's Largest Airline
Posted on April 24, 2017

Shark fin shipments have been officially banned by China's largest air carrier, China Southern Airlines, putting the bite on traders of the so-called “delicacy”.

Motorcycle Rider Narrowly Avoids Leaping Snake
Posted on April 18, 2017

Leapin' lizards it's a... leaping snake? A motorcycle rider from Lampang, Thailand needed quick reflexes when a snake on the highway decided to play chicken.

Baseball-sized Spider With Red Fangs Discovered In Baja California
Posted on April 18, 2017

A new species of spider discovered in Baja California Sur has blood-red fangs, eight beady eyes and a legspan as wide as a baseball. Strike three, we're outta here!

Cute Baby Aardvark Born At Bioparc Valencia
Posted on April 14, 2017

Bioparc Valencia, a modern immersion-style zoo in east-central Spain, is pleased and proud to introduce its newest and shyest resident: a cute baby aardvark.

Walmart Parking Lot Kitten Stand Is A Sign Of The Times
Posted on April 4, 2017

Just when you thought standards couldn't “sink” any lower, this couple old enough to know better is offering tiny furry “kitchens” free of charge from a Walmart parking lot.

Bruin Toting Laptop Is Smarter Than The Average Bear
Posted on April 2, 2017

A bear in Montana caught on video toting what appears to be a laptop computer may just have wanted to update his status to 'hungry for Apples'.

Cat Who Drank Toxic Brake Fluid Saved By Vodka IV
Posted on March 31, 2017

When a London housecat accidentally drank spilled car brake fluid, staff at a nearby Blue Cross animal hospital saved her life by using a risky but effective vodka IV drip.

Snail Shell Surgery On Stepped-On Slimer Is A Smashing Success
Posted on March 31, 2017

Snail Shell Surgery would make a great band name but don't let that detract from the sublime shell repairs performed by a veterinary clinic in Israel.

Polar Bear Appears To Be Praying At Outdoor Island Cross
Posted on March 30, 2017

Praise the roared! A young Canadian photographer from Newfoundland and Labrador captured what appeared to be a polar bear in the act of prayer.

Thirsty Thankful Cobra Drinks Direct From Villager's Water Bottle
Posted on March 29, 2017

A King Cobra searching for water in drought-stricken southern India struck a chord in a compassionate villager who offered the 12-foot-long serpent a lengthy sip from his water bottle.

Aussie Snake Snagged While Stowing Away To Snake-Free New Zealand
Posted on March 28, 2017

An Australian snake seeking to sneak into snake-free New Zealand stowed away on a private jet, only to be nabbed on the Auckland Airport's tarmac.

Florida Golfer Tries For A Birdie, Ends Up With A Gator
Posted on March 27, 2017

A Florida golfer whose ball hit and subsequently eaten by an angry alligator needs to consult the rulebook or call in a marine biologist – maybe both.

Majestic Scottish Stag Evokes The Untamed Beauty Of The Highlands
Posted on March 27, 2017

Deer me, photographer Darren Dawson captured striking images of a regal Red Deer stag roaming the untamed expanses of Glen Etive, up in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Kitten Fur Perfume Is The Essence Of Pet Scents
Posted on March 23, 2017

Kitten Fur is a new perfume from a New York-based fragrance company that recreates the cloying aroma of a tiny kitten and makes you smell just as nice.

New York Yankee Greg Bird's Cat Is Related To Dr. Evil's Cat
Posted on March 22, 2017

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird might be a good guy but his cat “Mr. Delicious” is a descendant of “Mr. Bigglesworth”, the pet of Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers films.

Esoteric Artist Knits Sweaters For Plastic Animals
Posted on March 17, 2017

Plastic animals may not actually need custom handmade sweaters but thanks to artist Ritsuko Hirai, a select few are basking in the warmth of human kind- er, creativity.

Cat Confounded By Snake Stuck In Nostril
Posted on March 15, 2017

A California cat needed a helping hand when a small snake she was trying to eat attempted to escape its fate by exiting through her nostril.

Emoji Snake Shows Off The Faces Of The Future
Posted on March 14, 2017

Meet the Emoji Snake, a Lavender Albino Piebald Ball Python selectively bred by Georgia reptile breeder Justin Kobylka that sports a pattern of golden emoji faces along its scaly white body.

Annoyed Elephant Kicks GoPro Camera To The Curb
Posted on March 13, 2017

Everybody loves GoPro cameras – well, everyone except a peeved African elephant who wasn't getting a kick out of being surreptitiously filmed.

Animal Magnetism: People Of Walmart's 8 Cutest Pets
Posted on March 11, 2017

Walmart sells all sorts of pet foods and accessories but they don't actually sell actual pets, which might be why Walmart shoppers feel the need to bring their own.

Pet Pig's Fence Blows Down So He Trots Over To Home Depot
Posted on March 10, 2017

He's no IKEA Monkey but Hamlet the pig from Portage has a nose for home reno deals, trotting over to a nearby Home Depot store when high winds blew down his yard's fence.