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.)

Skunk With Head Stuck In McFlurry Cup Saved By Scents-Able Woman
Posted on June 28, 2017

A Kemptville, Ontario woman with more sensibility than scents, er, sense saved a skunk whose head was stuck in a discarded McDonald's McFlurry cup.

What A RUSH! Capybara Triplets Named After Rock Stars
Posted on June 26, 2017

A trio of baby capybaras born at Toronto's High Park Zoo last March finally have names thanks to members of the public who voted to name them Geddy, Alex and Neil after members of Canada's most famous rock trio – RUSH.

Russia's Shagadelic Curly-Haired Horses
Posted on June 25, 2017

Trans-Baikal curly-haired horses have thick coats of hair that give them a slightly “sheepish” appearance. Expect to see a shirtless Putin riding one bareback any day now.

Pet-Shaped Cardboard Boxes Remind Pet Owners To Remember Their Pets On Moving Day
Posted on June 22, 2017

A thoughtful initiative from Home Hardware and the SPCA reminds pet-owners who move on July 1st – Quebec's informal Moving Day – that displaced pets shouldn't be 'boxed out' when people move to pet-free accommodations.

Animal Rescue Refuge Uses Artificial Intelligence To Name 9 Guinea Pigs
Posted on June 21, 2017

Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia turned to an artificial neural network when 9 nameless guinea pigs needed names. No, 'Guinea McPigface' wasn't one of them but you might just wish it was.

As God Is My Witness I Thought Swine Flew
Posted on June 20, 2017

Riding the bus in Singapore just got a lot more “boaring” thanks to an unusually un-boorish herd of over a dozen wild boars that peacefully swarmed a suburban bus station.

Seriously Obese Cat Sheds Pounds, Finds A Forever Home
Posted on June 19, 2017

Washington DC's favorite overweight orange fatcat – no, not Donald – has found a new home with a caring family who will hopefully cut back on the kitty snacks. Make Ameri-cats slim again!

Hold The Butter: 132-Year-Old Louie the Lobster Returns To The Sea
Posted on June 18, 2017

A 132-year-old Atlantic Lobster named Louie spent the last 20-odd years in the lobster tank at a Long Island restaurant before escaping the pot (with a little help) and returning to the ocean.

The Top 5 'Whisker Friendly' Cat Food Bowls At Amazon.com
Posted on June 14, 2017

Whisker Friendly cat food bowls are designed to combat “whisker fatigue”, a recently diagnosed condition that can lead to stress and irritability in domestic cats.

Zoo's High Walls Keep Animals In But Can't Keep People Out
Posted on June 13, 2017

Cheapskates in China are renting ladders from locals to avoid buying tickets to zoos and wildlife parks. Lets hope they don't give the animals inside any ideas.

Bear Joins Race Runners, Runners Race Faster
Posted on June 12, 2017

So you think running is a boring sport? Think again. Runners competing in the 2017 Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run were joined briefly by a bear.

Vest In Show: The Top 5 Service Cats
Posted on June 8, 2017

Service Cats aren't officially recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) anymore but that hasn't stopped cat-owners from benefiting from the often-lifesaving service these true Service Cats provide.

Pet Mouse Who OD'd On Heroin Is Successfully Revived
Posted on May 31, 2017

Snuggles the mouse was comatose after accidentally eating heroin but now she's back on her tiny feet, thanks to some innovative treatment by Vancouver overdose prevention workers.

Battling Snakes Force Golfers To Take A Mulligan
Posted on May 29, 2017

A pair of venomous Black Mambas weren't exactly doing the mambo when golfers at a South African golf course found the fighting reptiles blocking the fairway.

OK K-9: Ten Awesome Paw-some War Dogs Monuments
Posted on May 29, 2017

Memorial Day offers an opportunity to visit monuments dedicated to the sacrifices of not only our fallen soldiers, but our gallant war dogs as well.

NBA Star JaVale McGee's Cat Does $10G Worth Of Domestic Damage
Posted on May 25, 2017

Golden State Warriors backup center JaVale McGee forked over $9,350 in “cat-related fees” to his former landlord after being sued for property damage.

Moscow Man's Pet Lynx Is A Citified Kitty
Posted on May 23, 2017

A Moscow man took his apartment's pet-friendly policy to extremes when he brought a large lynx home from a fur farm and trained it to live as a pet.

Python On TV Gets Low Ratings From Homeowners
Posted on May 19, 2017

A carpet python in Australia made a bid for TV stardom but unfortunately chose the wrong side of the small screen.

Spiced Out: 7 Pets & Animals Who Rock The Bushes Like Sean Spicer
Posted on May 15, 2017

Embattled White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer may have given us Bushgate but these shrubbery-shrouded pets and animals can rock the hedges just as good as ol' Spicey.

Reptiles Rejoice As Norway Rescinds 40-Year-Old Ban
Posted on May 12, 2017

Snakes alive, it's good to be cold-blooded in Norway since the Scandinavian nation's government just reversed a “cold-blooded” ban on importing, selling and owning the scaly critters.

White Lion At British Zoo Exposed As A Coward By Popping Bubble
Posted on May 5, 2017

A lion at the Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, England was asked to turn in his King of the Beasts card after being frightened by a popping bubble.

Pigeon Nest Made From Used Drug Needles Highlights Canada's Opioid Crisis
Posted on May 4, 2017

Police in Vancouver's gritty Downtown Eastside district were shocked to find a pigeon's nest constructed from used drug needles in a rundown hotel's bathroom sink.

Have A Cow, Man: Shepparton, Australia's Moooving Art Project
Posted on April 30, 2017

The Moooving Art Project features a continually changing herd of fiberglass painted cows designed to promote the city of Shepparton's dairy industry.

Machine Gun Kitty Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Posted on April 30, 2017

The Newport Oregon Police Department recycled an old photo of a treed cat clutching what appears to be a miniature automatic rifle, proving once again that old cat memes still check out.

Serial Cat Shaver Razors Alarm In Waynesboro VA
Posted on April 29, 2017

Police and pet-owners in Waynesboro, Virginia are on the lookout for a serial cat-shaver who has been selectively shearing some of the Shenandoah Valley city's kitties.