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.)

Clip Jobs: The Top 10 Weird and Bizarre Dog & Cat Haircuts

Yo, I'ma let you finish reading but these poor dogs & cats sport some of the worst haircuts of all time!

Amazing & Complex Balloon Animals Will Blow Your Mind

Japanese hobbyist Masayoshi Matsumoto makes balloon animals so intricate they take hours to complete – and they sure do look it!

Exercise Your Dog... Sorry, Make That “Exorcise” Your Dog

If your pet is a bit too spirited, the D+ Kirishima spa in southern Japan offers a Pet Dog Exorcism Plan that'll make your pup's head spin.

Fashion Cat Collars Give Your Feline Formal Flair

Why put a collar on your cat when you can, er, put a collar on your cat? These fashionable all-cotton cat collars give your feline an air of formality when entertaining guests who might judge you by your pets.

ISIS Employs Cute Kitten To Improve Their Image

Kittens – is there anything they can't do? The editors of Dabiq, the online magazine of ISIS, are hoping the power of pus- er, kittehs can give the bloodthirsty organization's image a much-needed boost.

creepy wool felt cat head masks from Japan

Who needs the eye of the tiger when you can wear a custom-made wool felt cat head mask whose eyes move like a haunted painting?

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A Canadian vegan from Red Lake, Ontario who usually passes by the seafood section in her local supermarket made an exception one day. What she did next will bring tears to your eyes.

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The innovative and weirdly disturbing LICKI Brush allows cat owners to bond with their pets the natural way – by licking them.

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Politikats are "Politically Inclined Cat Scratching Posts" featuring uncanny likenesses of Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Vladimir Putin.

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It wasn't exactly a Great Train Robbery but a Japanese train was held up – for 19 whole minutes – by a cat who just wanted a warm place to chill out.

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I see your clop-clop and raise you a clip-clip! Custom haircuts may not be one of the mare necessities but at JMC Equestrian Driving & Custom Clipping, the results are shear beauty.

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“Must love wombats” is one of several requirements tourism officials in Tasmania, Australia deem essential to the “job” of Wombat Cuddler.

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Coby, a snow-white British Shorthair cat with breathtaking blue eyes, could indeed be the world's most beautiful cat... almost half a million Instagram followers can't be wrong.

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Hubcat (along with Bumper, the crash test dog) landed on toy store shelves back in 1991 but vanished just two years later after parents expressed concerns the toys were glorifying motor vehicle crashes.

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Is your cat climbing the walls, curtains etc out of boredom? The Cat Tree Climbing Tower combines an exercise pole, a scratching post and a bed(room) with a view.

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A horse sporting a custom-made Harris Tweed three-piece suit (with matching tweed cap) impressed thousands of fashionable horse-racing fans at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.

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Since the UK banned the traditional “sport” of fox-hunting back in 2004, the canny canine carnivores seem to appreciate not being hounded anymore. Then there's this red fox from urban London for whom life's not just good, it's sofa king good!

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The hideously ugly and bizarrely-named Bony-Eared Assfish lives in deep ocean waters where the sun don't shine.

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When a chilly kitty from Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia noticed what appeared to be a bunch of fellow critters cuddled together inside a big glass case, she decided to climb in there with them. Imagine her surprise when she found she was a prize!

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Who wears the pants in your family? It just might be your dog! Muddy Mutts dog pants are fashionable four-legged gaiters that keep even the friskiest Fido or Fifi free from filth.

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Keep your tired old frosty snowmen, frisky snow cats are what's trending today! These 10 frozen faux felines help make winter warmer while confusing the heck outta actual cats.

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The Lovely Little Kitten Eye Cushion comes in six different cat coat designs, any of which will soothe overworked peepers in fine style.

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If you're like me, you like your cushions like I like my women: covered in cats! These cat-covered harem cushions from Japan let you relax surrounded by cute, comfy, cozy cats...

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A Shiba Inu dog from Japan stuck fast at the far edge of a thick hedge seems to have no worries, smiling sweetly while enjoying the view.

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Wee paws to apply hand cream? Puni Puni Nikukyu hand cream from Japan is delicately scented to evoke the sweet popcorn-like aroma of a cat's paw pads.