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.)

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.

Moscow Man's Pet Lynx Is A Citified Kitty
Posted on May 23, 2017

A Moscow man took his apartment's pet-friendly policy to extremes when he brought a large lynx home from a fur farm and trained it to live as a pet.

Python On TV Gets Low Ratings From Homeowners
Posted on May 19, 2017

A carpet python in Australia made a bid for TV stardom but unfortunately chose the wrong side of the small screen.

Spiced Out: 7 Pets & Animals Who Rock The Bushes Like Sean Spicer
Posted on May 15, 2017

Embattled White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer may have given us Bushgate but these shrubbery-shrouded pets and animals can rock the hedges just as good as ol' Spicey.

Reptiles Rejoice As Norway Rescinds 40-Year-Old Ban
Posted on May 12, 2017

Snakes alive, it's good to be cold-blooded in Norway since the Scandinavian nation's government just reversed a “cold-blooded” ban on importing, selling and owning the scaly critters.

White Lion At British Zoo Exposed As A Coward By Popping Bubble
Posted on May 5, 2017

A lion at the Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, England was asked to turn in his King of the Beasts card after being frightened by a popping bubble.

Pigeon Nest Made From Used Drug Needles Highlights Canada's Opioid Crisis
Posted on May 4, 2017

Police in Vancouver's gritty Downtown Eastside district were shocked to find a pigeon's nest constructed from used drug needles in a rundown hotel's bathroom sink.

Have A Cow, Man: Shepparton, Australia's Moooving Art Project
Posted on April 30, 2017

The Moooving Art Project features a continually changing herd of fiberglass painted cows designed to promote the city of Shepparton's dairy industry.

Machine Gun Kitty Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Posted on April 30, 2017

The Newport Oregon Police Department recycled an old photo of a treed cat clutching what appears to be a miniature automatic rifle, proving once again that old cat memes still check out.

Serial Cat Shaver Razors Alarm In Waynesboro VA
Posted on April 29, 2017

Police and pet-owners in Waynesboro, Virginia are on the lookout for a serial cat-shaver who has been selectively shearing some of the Shenandoah Valley city's kitties.

Russian Airline Promotes Siberian Tiger Conservation In A BIG Way
Posted on April 29, 2017

Flying tigers at my airport? It's more likely than you think thanks to Russian airline Transaero, one of whose jets has been painted in the likeness of a Siberian Tiger's face.

Eaze Medical Marijuana Delivery Startup Really Gets Our Goat
Posted on April 28, 2017

A stuffed shades-wearing goat is the unofficial corporate mascot of Eaze, a San Francisco-based on-demand medical marijuana service backed by Snoop Dogg.

So Cat Scarves Are A Thing Now
Posted on April 28, 2017

Tiny cute knitted scarves for cats – Neko Mufflers – are the latest feline fashion trend for cat-owners who should already know their pets don't care to wear clothing.

Overwrought Beaver Freed From Wrought Iron Fence
Posted on April 27, 2017

A wandering beaver from Hamilton, Canada found out the hard way that good fences – especially those made of iron – don't always make for good neighbors.

Furs Class: 7 Cute Japanese Animal Kindergarten Buses
Posted on April 26, 2017

First day of school jitters are a thing of the past in Japan, where animal-shaped school buses help children – nervous or not – get to and from kindergarten in cartoon style.

Adrian's Pet Shop From The Rocky Films Is Demolished
Posted on April 26, 2017

The pet shop where Adrian worked in four of the seven “Rocky” motion pictures is down for the count and has been knocked out... er, knocked DOWN.

Giant Tiger Head Greets Visitors To North Korea's Central Zoo
Posted on April 25, 2017

The main gate of the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea takes the form of an enormous tiger's head with visitors entering and exiting through the big cat's mouth.

Fearless Cat Not Rattled By Texas-sized Snake
Posted on April 25, 2017

A “fearless” cat seen chilling out with a sun-seeking rattlesnake in Laguna Vista, Texas, appears to have survived the encounter without using any of its eight extra lives.

Shark Fin Cargo Banned By China's Largest Airline
Posted on April 24, 2017

Shark fin shipments have been officially banned by China's largest air carrier, China Southern Airlines, putting the bite on traders of the so-called “delicacy”.

Motorcycle Rider Narrowly Avoids Leaping Snake
Posted on April 18, 2017

Leapin' lizards it's a... leaping snake? A motorcycle rider from Lampang, Thailand needed quick reflexes when a snake on the highway decided to play chicken.

Baseball-sized Spider With Red Fangs Discovered In Baja California
Posted on April 18, 2017

A new species of spider discovered in Baja California Sur has blood-red fangs, eight beady eyes and a legspan as wide as a baseball. Strike three, we're outta here!

Cute Baby Aardvark Born At Bioparc Valencia
Posted on April 14, 2017

Bioparc Valencia, a modern immersion-style zoo in east-central Spain, is pleased and proud to introduce its newest and shyest resident: a cute baby aardvark.

Walmart Parking Lot Kitten Stand Is A Sign Of The Times
Posted on April 4, 2017

Just when you thought standards couldn't “sink” any lower, this couple old enough to know better is offering tiny furry “kitchens” free of charge from a Walmart parking lot.

Bruin Toting Laptop Is Smarter Than The Average Bear
Posted on April 2, 2017

A bear in Montana caught on video toting what appears to be a laptop computer may just have wanted to update his status to 'hungry for Apples'.

Cat Who Drank Toxic Brake Fluid Saved By Vodka IV
Posted on March 31, 2017

When a London housecat accidentally drank spilled car brake fluid, staff at a nearby Blue Cross animal hospital saved her life by using a risky but effective vodka IV drip.