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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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Rustic Handmade Ceramic Cat Feeding Dish Tells A Tail

Allow your cat to dine in timeless style with this beautiful example of handmade pottery from Japan! Each individually crafted piece features a charming stylized cat's tail embossed upon an integral pedestal that reduces strain on your hungry (or thirsty) pet's neck.

Praise The Lard! Pig Seen Worshiping In Front Of Buddhist Temple

Was she bacon for forgiveness or just praying around? A pious porker was seen prostrating herself in front of a Buddhist temple in Wenzhou, China the other day but something about her apparent act of contrition doesn't seem quite kosher.

The Top Ten Cats of Walmart: Kitties Divine In The Checkout Line

Some folks love cats, they love every kind of cat, they just want to hug ALL of them and bring them to Walmart but they can't... well, maybe just one or two (and in one case three) as we check out the top ten cats of Walmart!

Swan Falls Asleep, Wakes Up With Frozen Beak

A swan in western China woke up to a real life nightmare recently: sub-zero night temperatures had caused its beak to completely ice over! Thankfully this story has a heart-warming (not to mention beak-warming) ending.

Lost Cat Found Online Four Years After Vanishing

When Rosie the calico cat vanished from a rural backyard deck in June of 2011, the odds were against her ever returning – Rosie couldn't even call out as a defective voice box wouldn't even let her “meow”. Imagine her owner's surprise, however, as Rosie turned up almost four years later as an adoptable kitty at a shelter a dozen miles away!

Pet Cremation Urn Keeper Beautifully Memorializes Your Late Pet

The Pet Cremation Urn Keeper from Petcoti is a beautiful and respectful way to memorialize your dear departed pet. Designed to hold a small urn containing Fifi or Fido's ashes, the house-shaped and house-friendly “tomb” can be personalized with a photo and inscription.

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.


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