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.)

Creepy Cute Bunny Harvestman Could Give An Arachnid Arachnophobia
Posted on July 20, 2017

This bizarre looking “Bunny Harvestman” from the South American rainforest looks like a mad scientist grafted a rabbit's head onto an octet of spindly spider legs.

Maine Lobstermen Rescue Seal Pup Tangled In Fishing Net
Posted on July 19, 2017

A pair of kindly Maine lobstermen get the “seal of approval” from animal lovers everywhere after they carefully freed a young seal pup from a snarled tangle of discarded fishing nets.

Green-Furred Pup Is The Pickle Of The Litter
Posted on July 18, 2017

A Golden Retriever puppy with green fur was born recently in Scotland, only the fourth time such a thing has occurred. Naturally, the pup's owner named him “Forest”.

'Incredibly Hugely Fat' Rattlesnake Slithers Across Florida Road
Posted on July 11, 2017

Shake, rattler and roll: what a witness described as “The World's Fattest Rattlesnake” wasn't exactly the world's fastest serpent, barely managing to make it safely across a Polk County, Florida road.

Golden Retriever Goes Green, Retrieves Litter From Polluted Chinese River
Posted on July 10, 2017

A Golden Retriever from Suzhou, China is more than just a good pet, he's a four-legged river cleaning machine!

Fox With Head Stuck Between Headstones Is Rescued Tomb Morrow
Posted on July 6, 2017

Headstones do not work that way! A not-so-clever fox who managed to get his head caught between a pair of gravestones spent a nervous night in the cemetery before being freed.

Russian Cat Channels Puss In Boots, Gets Anything He Wants
Posted on June 30, 2017

Hosico, a Scottish Straight cat from Moscow, has got his Puss In Boots impression down pat and his owners wrapped around his little finger.

Mysterious White Creature Has Homeowner Foxed
Posted on June 30, 2017

Raccoon, fox, chupacabra or what? A Memphis homeowner who managed to trap a four-legged, white-furred critter that was tearing up his yard still doesn't know what kind of animal it was.

Chapo The Kitten Escapes Jail Under Construction
Posted on June 29, 2017

Dubbed “Chapo” after the Houdini-esque Mexican drug lord, a big-eared kitten had his “Get Out Of Jail Free” card punched by caring construction workers who found him inside a wall about to be filled with concrete.

Skunk With Head Stuck In McFlurry Cup Saved By Scents-Able Woman
Posted on June 28, 2017

A Kemptville, Ontario woman with more sensibility than scents, er, sense saved a skunk whose head was stuck in a discarded McDonald's McFlurry cup.

What A RUSH! Capybara Triplets Named After Rock Stars
Posted on June 26, 2017

A trio of baby capybaras born at Toronto's High Park Zoo last March finally have names thanks to members of the public who voted to name them Geddy, Alex and Neil after members of Canada's most famous rock trio – RUSH.

Russia's Shagadelic Curly-Haired Horses
Posted on June 25, 2017

Trans-Baikal curly-haired horses have thick coats of hair that give them a slightly “sheepish” appearance. Expect to see a shirtless Putin riding one bareback any day now.

Pet-Shaped Cardboard Boxes Remind Pet Owners To Remember Their Pets On Moving Day
Posted on June 22, 2017

A thoughtful initiative from Home Hardware and the SPCA reminds pet-owners who move on July 1st – Quebec's informal Moving Day – that displaced pets shouldn't be 'boxed out' when people move to pet-free accommodations.

Animal Rescue Refuge Uses Artificial Intelligence To Name 9 Guinea Pigs
Posted on June 21, 2017

Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia turned to an artificial neural network when 9 nameless guinea pigs needed names. No, 'Guinea McPigface' wasn't one of them but you might just wish it was.

As God Is My Witness I Thought Swine Flew
Posted on June 20, 2017

Riding the bus in Singapore just got a lot more “boaring” thanks to an unusually un-boorish herd of over a dozen wild boars that peacefully swarmed a suburban bus station.

Seriously Obese Cat Sheds Pounds, Finds A Forever Home
Posted on June 19, 2017

Washington DC's favorite overweight orange fatcat – no, not Donald – has found a new home with a caring family who will hopefully cut back on the kitty snacks. Make Ameri-cats slim again!

Hold The Butter: 132-Year-Old Louie the Lobster Returns To The Sea
Posted on June 18, 2017

A 132-year-old Atlantic Lobster named Louie spent the last 20-odd years in the lobster tank at a Long Island restaurant before escaping the pot (with a little help) and returning to the ocean.

The Top 5 'Whisker Friendly' Cat Food Bowls At
Posted on June 14, 2017

Whisker Friendly cat food bowls are designed to combat “whisker fatigue”, a recently diagnosed condition that can lead to stress and irritability in domestic cats.

Zoo's High Walls Keep Animals In But Can't Keep People Out
Posted on June 13, 2017

Cheapskates in China are renting ladders from locals to avoid buying tickets to zoos and wildlife parks. Lets hope they don't give the animals inside any ideas.

Bear Joins Race Runners, Runners Race Faster
Posted on June 12, 2017

So you think running is a boring sport? Think again. Runners competing in the 2017 Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run were joined briefly by a bear.

Vest In Show: The Top 5 Service Cats
Posted on June 8, 2017

Service Cats aren't officially recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) anymore but that hasn't stopped cat-owners from benefiting from the often-lifesaving service these true Service Cats provide.

Pet Mouse Who OD'd On Heroin Is Successfully Revived
Posted on May 31, 2017

Snuggles the mouse was comatose after accidentally eating heroin but now she's back on her tiny feet, thanks to some innovative treatment by Vancouver overdose prevention workers.

Battling Snakes Force Golfers To Take A Mulligan
Posted on May 29, 2017

A pair of venomous Black Mambas weren't exactly doing the mambo when golfers at a South African golf course found the fighting reptiles blocking the fairway.

OK K-9: Ten Awesome Paw-some War Dogs Monuments
Posted on May 29, 2017

Memorial Day offers an opportunity to visit monuments dedicated to the sacrifices of not only our fallen soldiers, but our gallant war dogs as well.

NBA Star JaVale McGee's Cat Does $10G Worth Of Domestic Damage
Posted on May 25, 2017

Golden State Warriors backup center JaVale McGee forked over $9,350 in “cat-related fees” to his former landlord after being sued for property damage.