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.)

Red Panda Pair Anchors Endangered Species Program At Scottish Zoo
Posted on February 21, 2017

The arrival of a pair of Red Pandas named Ginger and Bruce at the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo bodes well for the endangered species' future.

Hawaiian Family's Cat Found & Returned After 15 Long Years
Posted on February 21, 2017

A Hawaiian family's cat was found and returned to them a full fifteen years after it had disappeared, reminding pet owners it's never too late to give up on a missing pet.

Kentucky Woman Springs Surprise On Seed-Stealing Squirrels
Posted on February 20, 2017

It's Slinky, it's Slinky, it's fun for a girl and a boy... but not for a squirrel, as a passel of furry Kentucky seed-stealers found out the hard way.

Owning A Pet Giant Rabbit Can Be A Hare-Raising Experience
Posted on February 13, 2017

A Continental Giant Rabbit owned by a Canadian woman weighs 18 pounds and stretches nearly two feet long from its wiggling nose to the tip of its cottony white tail.

Owl's Well That Ends Well For Duluth Police Officer
Posted on February 12, 2017

A patrolling Duluth police officer got a bird's eye view of a disoriented Barred Owl when the harried hooter hopped onto the hood of his squad car.

Hero Cat Bites Sleeping Owner, Saves Family From House Fire
Posted on February 10, 2017

Dalmatians might be great firehouse dogs but for one thankful Canadian family the best pet to have around in case of a fire is a black & white cat.

Elephant Pajamas Warm Rehab Center's Rescued Pachyderms
Posted on February 9, 2017

Rescued elephants at a conservation center in Mathura, India have been issued colorful fitted jackets and “pajamas” to help them withstand unseasonably frigid winter weather.

Windshield Viper Freaks Out Aussie Motorist
Posted on February 9, 2017

A pet snake that stowed away on an Australian woman's car would have made a clean escape had it not tried to imitate her windshield wipers.

Pet Hedgehog Unlocks Owner's iPhone With Touch ID
Posted on February 8, 2017

Locking and unlocking your iPhone with Touch ID is secure for sure but a Japanese woman goes one step further using her pet hedgehog's itty-bitty paw print.

Chinese Zoo's Overfed Tigers Are The Ultimate Fat Cats
Posted on February 7, 2017

Hey tigers, where's your pride? We hate to fat-shame animals but these bloated big cats at the Siberian Tiger Park near Harbin, China make Garfield look like an Olympic athlete.

Pet Snake Gets Snagged In Woman's Pierced Earlobe
Posted on February 6, 2017

An Oregon woman's aural-ible experience proves once and for all that stretched earlobe piercings and pet snakes don't always mix.

Canadian Mounties Training Dogs To Sniff Out Fentanyl
Posted on February 2, 2017

The RCMP in British Columbia, Canada has begun training dogs to alert them to the presence of fentanyl, an illegal opioid drug one hundred times as powerful as morphine.

Valentine Cat Displays True Love With A Heart On Her Chest
Posted on January 31, 2017

A “lovely” tuxedo cat from Holland and her comparatively “heartless” sister have parleyed their natural gifts into an impressive social media presence.

Preemie Baby Hippopotamus Has A Long Way To Grow
Posted on January 31, 2017

The first Nile Hippopotamus born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in 75 years arrived unexpectedly early, weighing just half the average hippo birth weight.

Catnip Crazed Cat Nabbed In Netherlands Pet Store
Posted on January 30, 2017

What's better than being a kid locked in a candy store? How about being a cat who found seventh heaven among a display of catnip-filled cat toys in a Dutch pet store.

Russian Farmer Sculpts Huge Animal Statues From Cow Manure
Posted on January 30, 2017

A Russian farmer from a small Siberian village has found a great way to recycle the solid waste from his 17 cows – he sculpts it into creatures from the Chinese zodiac.

Bats Beat Birds When It Comes To Who Flies Fastest
Posted on January 29, 2017

Swifts may be swift but bats beat 'em hands, er, wings down, according to a scientific study that shows those furry mice can go like bats outta hell.

Cowboy Riding On Patrol Car's Hood Lassos Runaway Calf
Posted on January 28, 2017

The Old West still lives in western Tennessee as a local man perched on the hood of a moving police car successfully lassoed a runaway calf with a single fling of his rope.

Sweet-Toothed Squirrels Cop Chocolate Bars From Corner Store
Posted on January 27, 2017

Shoplifting squirrels with a craving for candy bars have snatched several dozen snacks from a Toronto convenience store and the store owners are getting fed up with their thievery.

Cat Foils Home Burglary In The Most Cat-Like Way Possible
Posted on January 27, 2017

His owners describe Strider as being “fat and lazy” but the 10-year-old black house cat redeemed himself by alerting the oblivious humans that their home was being burglarized.

Kid Surfer Shredding Waves Nearly Shredded By Great White Shark
Posted on January 26, 2017

A 10-year-old surfer riding the waves north of Sydney, Australia was photo-bombed by an 8-foot-long Great White Shark.

Hockey Player Nazem Kadri's Cat Is An Instagram All-Star
Posted on January 25, 2017

Nazem Kadri's cat Jazzy may not be the highest scorer in the NHL (National Hairball League) but she DOES have her own Instagram account with thousands of followers.

Valentine Lobster Wears Its Heart On Its Shell
Posted on January 24, 2017

A lobster caught off Canada's east coast was lovelier than most thanks to a cute heart-shaped barnacle 'tattoo' centered on its back shell.

Kellyanne Conway Rocks Kitschy Gucci Cat Head Button Coat
Posted on January 23, 2017

No pets in the White House? Don't tell Kellyanne Conway, whose patriotic 'Trump Revolutionary Wear' coat sports a double row of metallic cat-head-shaped buttons.

Unstung Hero: Florida Man Crushes Wasp Nest With His Bare Hands
Posted on January 23, 2017

A fearless Florida man with no tolerance for wasps (but plenty of tolerance for pain) shows the world how to crush pesky wasp nests without being stung.