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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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“CAT Toilet in the FOREST” Kitty Litter Boasts Natural Sources, Awesome Name

While “CAT Toilet in the FOREST” would make an awesome band name, it's unfortunately been taken by Ryujin Village for their all-natural, cypress wood pellet kitty litter.

Wall Story Introduces Cat Life Removable Silhouette Stickers

Add a little cat fancy to your home décor scheme with Cat Life removable silhouette stickers from Wall Story. Ideally placed around light switches and electrical outlet plates, these removable and reusable stickers infuse your home with cute & kittenish charm.

Petting Zoo Donkey Makes An Ass Of Itself By Falling Into Open Manhole

Firefighters in the Swiss canton of Basel were recently called out to rescue an ass stuck in a manhole... not that there's anything wrong with that, unless you're the donkey in question.

Meet Banye, The Cute Surprised Cat Who Puts The O In OMG

Shock & aww? That seems to describe Banye, a gray & white cat from Shanghai, China, who appears to be surprised by everything, all of the time. Banye's owner has enjoyed both Banye and the never ending series of double-takes he provokes in public since he was just a tiny kitten.

Drop Shipment: The Top 10 Canine Poop Factory Costumes

Being as dogs are the top manufacturers and distributors in the pet poop biz, it's only natural their dutiful owners would advertise the fact and Halloween offers the ideal opportunity to do just that. What's surprising is that so many poop-scoopin' pet owners would take the time to craft a decent Poop Factory costume. Here are ten of the crappiest – and we mean that in a good way.

Pet Bed Blanket Combo From Peppy Has Got Your Sleeping Pets Covered

The anti-bacterial Blanket Bed from Peppy features a detachable matching coverlet that allows your pet – cats or dogs – to regulate how warm they want to be. Available in a choice of three graduated sizes, this super-comfortable bed & blanket combo will have you wishing Peppy made one large enough to accommodate YOU!

Polar Bears Ruin Halloween For Kids In Canadian Arctic Hamlet

Old and busted: the Grinch who stole Christmas. New hotness: the polar bears who stole Halloween! Authorities from the Hamlet of Arviat, a town situated deep in the heart of Canada's polar bear country, have suggested residents participate in an indoor “Halloween Community Event” instead of allowing kids to go trick or treating outdoors.

OPPO Toilet Screen For Cats Shields Against Kicked Kitty Litter

Tired of cleaning up a gritty mess of kicked-out kitty litter every time Miss Frisky answers nature's meow? Hey, who isn't? Thank goodness the nice folks at OPPO are offering the ToiletScreen, a flexible, lightweight and portable shield for cats and kittens that ceases the scattering of sand.

Rare Velvet Worm Named After Animated Characters From My Neighbor Totoro

What's been spreading virally lately? Besides Ebola, it's an odd-looking velvet worm dubbed Eoperipatus Totoro. Scientists who named the peripatetic creature were reminded not only of Totoro himself but also of the mythical, multi-legged Catbus.

“Boyfriend” Lizard Becomes A Bed For His “Girlfriend”

He made his bed and she's gonna lay in it... or so it would seem. One of a pair of captive lizards appears to be accommodating its slightly smaller cage companion by hanging from the enclosure's ceiling grid by its claws.


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