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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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Cop Cats: Seven Sharp Crime-Fighting Police Cats

Police dogs meh, police cats YEAH! Though their K-9 cousins get most of the glory, the feline fuzz have put their own fair share of dirty rats behind bars. Here are seven kitty constables ready, willing and able to flex the long arm of the claw... if they're in the mood.

BLOCKS By Poopy Cat Let You Build Your Own Cat Playhouse

New cathouse on the block? It's more likely than you think but don't fret for your property values, BLOCKS by Poopy Cat are lightweight, reusable cardboard construction elements that combine in infinite ways to your heart's (and your cat's) content.

Stray Cat Saves Baby Abandoned On A Frigid Russian Winter Night

Russia is known for its frigid winter weather when frosty nights aren't fit for man nor beast. Babies and cats, on the other hand, can make a go of things if they work together to keep one another warm. Such was the case one sub-zero night when someone abandoned an infant in a box frequented by Masha, a long-haired local stray cat from Obninsk, Russia.

Handmade Iron Cat Paperweight Exhibits Animal Magnetism

Animal magnetism just got more practical thanks to the Southern Iron handmade magnetic cat paperweight. Featuring two removable magnets to hold memos like “Buy More Cat Food!”, the minimalist design adds a note of whimsy to any cat-lover's home or office desktop.

Wild In The Aisles: The Top 10 Exotic Pets Of The People Of Walmart

Most people don't take their exotic pets shopping but when they do, they take them to Walmart. We're not sure why... Wally World's pet section stocks neither Chupacabra Chow nor Liger Litter. In any case, let's meet some of the people & pets you do NOT want to find yourself behind in the checkout line.

Winter Weather Onesie For Dogs Comes With Imitation Curious George

Got a monkey on your back? Want one? This winter weather onesie for dogs features an adorable imitation monkey attached to the back because... well, if you were a monkey outside in the winter, the first thing you'd do is jump onto a dog's back and hang on for dear life!

Get Hooked On Handmade Wooden Cat Building Blocks!

This set of nine different unpainted handmade "Hanging Cat" wooden building blocks allows cat fans of all ages to create their own interlocking sculpture while enjoying a sublime sense of relaxation. Time for a new kitty conglomeration? Knock it down and start from, er, scratch.

Felt Uncomfortable: Lifelike Felt Cat Head Pins By Nel Vicoletto

Artist Nel Vicoletto has a knack for felting and a liking for cats. Put the two together and you've got something beautiful yet kinda creepy. What does one do with a lifelike felt cat head, anyway? Anything you want, just... just don't hurt me OK??

Cat Food Tin Claw Sharpening Station Is A Kitten's Dream Come True

The cute Cat Food Tin Claw Sharpening Station from Doctor's Advice Peppy is the stuff feline dreams are made of. Looking like a giant can of their fave food but floored with a reversible claw-sharpening disc, this handmade and cardboard-bodied pet accessory will keep kitty's claws so sharp she'll soon be opening her own cat food cans!

Tarantulas In My Mailbox? It's More Likely Than You Think

Old and busted: mail order brides. New hotness: mail order Orange Baboon Tarantulas, one of the most aggressive large spiders known. And here you thought yappy dogs were the worst thing mailmen had to worry about.


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