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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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Polish “Nurse Cat” Comforts Fellow Shelter Critters

A very special black cat has become a good luck charm for injured dogs and cats at a Polish animal shelter. Rademenes, a nine-month-old feline, was treated at the shelter after being rescued and now appears to be paying it forward by comforting his four-footed fellows.

The Giraffe Stool Takes Animal Chairs To The Necks Level

The Giraffe Stool isn't as crappy as it sounds; in fact it stands head and shoulders above the rest. Supported by a robust steel skeleton and covered in soft plush, the Giraffe Stool is the necks thing in environmentally relevant room furnishings.

Qantas Introduces Koala Class Seating For Four Furry Fliers

Koalas don't often fly but when they do, Qantas ensures they fly in style! The Australian commercial air carrier created the ultra-exclusive class complete with a special in-flight meals but only those meeting strict koala-fications could apply.

Park9 Dog and Cat Resort: High-End Pet Boarding That's Never Boring!

Vacationing pet-owners no longer need to feel guilty when leaving their dogs and/or cats behind... in fact they might even be jealous! Park9, a “One-of-a-Kind Dog and Cat Resort” located near Toronto's Pearson Airport, is a full-featured pet resort providing Toronto's dogs and cats with their very own vacation spot.

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.


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