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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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Oh Grate! The Top 10 Animals Stuck In, On & Under Manhole Covers

Life in modern society ain't always easy for humans, so let's cut our animal friends some slack – literally – when they get themselves into sticky situations trying to navigate our unnatural urban infrastructure. It would help, however, if they'd stop trying to use sewer grates and manhole covers as doors. Just sayin'.

23 Neighborhood Wi-Fi Hotspots Revealed By A Cat

Combine a custom cat collar with a naturally roaming pet and what do you get? In the case of one particularly peripatetic Siamese, a network map of the neighbor's WiFi networks. Credit security researcher Gene Bransfield and Coco, a Siamese cat from suburban Washington DC, with the inspired hack that – in the wrong hands (or paws) – could end up costing more than a few internet subscribers more than a few dollars.

Scooter Pooch Might Just Make The Segway Cool

A dog-owner in Shenzhen, China, has trained his pet to ride a scooter alongside while he performs his morning jog on busy city streets. While certainly unsafe – breathing Shenzhen's smog is a definite health hazard – at least one of the pair is getting some exercise.

Color-Changing Cat Stroll UV Parasol Provides Protection Rain Or Shine

The Cat Stroll UV Parasol not only provides cooling shade in summer, it blocks 100% of dangerous UV rays. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE... the parasol's cute cat silhouettes and paw prints aren't just for show, they'll show you when to apply sunscreen by turning from white to pink.

Pet Matchmaking Service Connects Lonely Hearts & Furry Paws

A pet matchmaking service set up by a Chinese college student is so confident in their romantic remediation, they also offer to arrange wedding packages so lovestruck dogs & cats can put a ring on it.

Maxi: A Strong Silent Tabby Cat With A Heart Of Gold

Maxi, the striped tabby cat from two doors over, was the feline version of a steel fist in a velvet glove. Neither especially speedy nor noticeably vocal, Maxi was strong when he had to be and to every cat around he was the unquestioned master of his domain.

Is “Purrmanently Sad Cat” Grumpier Than Grumpy Cat?

“Purrmanently Sad Cat”, or PSC for short, could just be the latest internet kitteh sensation. One of a litter of otherwise cheerful-looking kittens born in New Orleans, PSC sports a furry facemask of tragedy that belies her true life as a happy and pampered feline.

Wayward Caiman Caught In Toronto Park Pond

Caimans are commonly associated with Cajuns, not Canadians, but recently one of these toothy crocodilians took the latter road – one far less traveled by members of its species.

Enormous Grasshopper Gets Assist On James Rodriguez' World Cup Goal

A large loco locust landed on James Rodriguez, just as the Colombian footballer was about to score his team's only goal in a crushing semifinal loss to Brazil. Give the insect-lebrity credit: it knew where the cameras would be pointed and made a beeline to share the spotlight.

Metal Cat Cooling Pot Helps Kitty Chill Out So Summer Won't Be A Bummer

The “Cooling Aluminium Kitty-Cat Pot” is a simple pet-chilling device that has no moving parts... except your cat. The manufacturer may have hit the jackpot with this cool cat pot as the heat-absorbing dish is a sold-out smash hit!


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