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.)

Bear Digs Up WW2 Grenade, Avoids Grisly Fate
Posted on September 28, 2016

A shaggy resident of a Polish zoo who dug up and played with a World War II grenade might be smarter than the average bear... luckily, it didn't make any boo-boos nor cause any boom-booms.

Are These Wool Cat Scarves A Little TOO Lifelike?
Posted on September 27, 2016

We're not kitten, these handmade felted wool scarves look so lifelike you'd think they were modeled after people's pets... which just happens to be the case.

Stowaway Snake Brings Japanese Bullet Train To A Speedy Halt
Posted on September 27, 2016

If you're annoyed by fellow passengers always hogging the armrest, things could be worse: one traveler on a Japanese Bullet Train unknowingly shared his seat with a foot-long snake.

No More Cowbell: Farmer Loses A Peal, Must Remove Cows' Bells
Posted on September 26, 2016

A Swiss farmer ordered by a court in Zurich to remove his cows' noisy cowbells each night has lost his a peal, er, appeal.

“Slug Hour” Seeks to Keep Invasive Slugs Out Of Norway
Posted on September 25, 2016

The secretary of Norway's Socialist Left Party is calling for a twice-yearly national “Slug Hour” during which patriotic Norwegians will slug it out, so to speak, with invasive Spanish Slugs.

Cat Litter Box Ramp Cleans Kitty Paws, Eases Feline Anxiety
Posted on September 23, 2016

Reduce your pet's litter box anxiety and ensure your cat returns clean-pawed from “business trips” with the stylish multipurpose Nyanko Slope cat & kitten ramp.

Horse-Drawn Plows Back In Favor At French Vineyards
Posted on September 22, 2016

So much for progress: traditional draught horses are returning to French vineyards, displacing the tractors that replaced them in favor of a kinder, gentler way to plow France's famous grape orchards.

Pet Parrot Parrot's Murdered Man's Last Words
Posted on September 21, 2016

Witness for the parrot-secution? An African Grey Parrot from western Michigan is playing the stool pigeon by er, parroting a murdered man's supposed last words.

Live Stream Of Stray Cat Feeding Station Captivates Koreans
Posted on September 20, 2016

Cats Meok Bang, a live stream of stray cats eating at a charmingly furnished outdoor feeding station, has captivated Koreans to the tune of 110,000 viewers per month.

Newly Discovered “Ghost Snake” Eats Frogs, Lizards, Birds, Souls
Posted on September 19, 2016

A newly discovered snake from Madagascar has been dubbed Madagascarophis lolo, which roughly translates to “Ghostly Cat-Eyed Snake from Madagascar”.

Filthy “Puppy” Rescued At Construction Site Cleans Up Surprisingly Well
Posted on September 18, 2016

Construction workers in London thought they had rescued a mud-covered puppy but what the bedraggled creature turned out to be will shock you.

Rescue Cats Born Without Eyelids Receive Sight-Saving Surgery
Posted on September 17, 2016

Doomed to blindness by their genetically predisposed lack of eyelids, a pair of sibling kittens found wandering along a mountain road can now look forward to a brighter future.

Cow's Face Blurred By Google Street View
Posted on September 16, 2016

MOO turned to MYOB in Cambridge, UK when a browsing black & white bovine's busser was blurred by Google Street View's admittedly overzealous privacy-protection software.

Potato Chip T-Rex Is Terrifyingly Delicious
Posted on September 14, 2016

This crispy & creative dinosaur is a hungry paleontologist's dream, being made entirely of potato chips. Bet ya can't carbon-date just one!

Goat Yoga Could Be The Next Big Wellness Graze
Posted on September 13, 2016

Goat Yoga – that's Yoga, not Yogurt – is a thing now and participants at Lainey Morse's wellness retreat at No Regrets Farm have, er no regrets.

Mockingbird Chick Steps Lively After Unusual Tweetment
Posted on September 11, 2016

To cure a mockingbird: a young Northern Mockingbird chick with a case of knuckled-under toes received a welcome kick-start in the form of tiny hand-made orthopedic shoes.

Chicken B.O. Banishes Biting Mosquitoes
Posted on September 7, 2016

Mosquitoes don't bite chickens and are put off by their smell, which is good news for humans hoping to avoid being infected with malaria.

Hermit Crab Housing Crisis Solved By Japanese Real Estate Company
Posted on September 6, 2016

A Japanese real estate listing company and students from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology “unshellfishly” teamed up to help homeless hermit crabs find roomy new digs in artificial, biodegradable shells.

Zap Zika With Handmade Ceramic Mosquito Coil Holders
Posted on September 5, 2016

Add a pastoral touch to your yard, garden or patio with handmade ceramic mosquito coil holders featuring colorful animal-themed handles.

Cute Purple Squid Spied Chilling Out On Ocean Floor
Posted on August 31, 2016

A goggle-eyed purple squid spied by scientists from the oceanic research vessel E/V Nautilus takes tentacle grape to a new and lower level.

Ukrainian Street Sweeper Keeps Cats Dry, Head Warm
Posted on August 30, 2016

An innovative street sweeper from Kiev uses rainy weather as an opportunity to share some workplace face time with his two white cats.

Pikachu Sea Slug: A Pokémon You Can Really Poke
Posted on August 29, 2016

Thecacera pacifica is a nudibranch or “sea slug” that looks alarmingly and endearingly like the most famous of all Pokémon pocket monsters, Pikachu!

Sick Cat Holds Hands With Owners On Last Trip To Vet
Posted on August 26, 2016

Little Andrew, a Russian Blue cat in declining health, appears to hold his owners' hands with his paw as they drove him to the vet for the very last time.

Hello Godzilla? Catzilla Figurines Are Coming To Your Town
Posted on August 25, 2016

Looking like the bizarre love-children of Godzilla and Hello Kitty, these weirdly cute “Catzilla” figurines can now be bought from Japanese coin-operated gachapon machines.

Clip Jobs: The Top 10 Weird and Bizarre Dog & Cat Haircuts
Posted on August 19, 2016

Yo, I'ma let you finish reading but these poor dogs & cats sport some of the worst haircuts of all time!