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.)

Feathered Forefathers: The Top Ten Heritage Turkey Breeds
Posted on November 21, 2016

Heritage turkeys are long-lived, slow-growing and endangered to various degrees but these historic turkey breeds are increasingly being recognized as welcome alternatives to industrially-bred turkeys.

Baby Steppes: Orphaned Pallas's Cats Raised By House Cats Return To The Wild
Posted on November 16, 2016

A pair of orphaned Pallas's Cat kittens from southeastern Siberia managed to beat the odds and return to the wild as adults, thanks to the efforts of two domestic cat moms with milk and kindness to spare.

Cows Moo-rooned On Grassy Island After New Zealand Quake
Posted on November 15, 2016

A trio of grazing cows in New Zealand found themselves stranded on a tiny pasture plateau after a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake collapsed much of their meadow.

Istanbul's Most Casual Cat Immortalized With Bronze Statue
Posted on November 14, 2016

Tombili, a beloved Istanbul street cat known for his casual longing pose, passed on but won't be forgotten thanks to a bronze statue of the chubby kitty erected on the very steps where he loved to relax.

Something's Fishy About These Off-The-Hook Sandwich Bags
Posted on November 13, 2016

Bringing a goldfish home from the pet shop in a clear, water-filled plastic bag is a fond memory and Off-The-Hook sandwich bags tap into those memories while safeguarding workplace lunches.

Redneck Air Conditioner Helps Keep Hot Dog Cool
Posted on November 12, 2016

Locking a dog in a parked car is never an option, unless of course you're a pet-owner from Moldova with a knack for DIY auto customizing.

Army Of Ducks Pest-Proofs South African Winery
Posted on November 11, 2016

Vergenoegd Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa employs a flock of 1,070 Indian Runner Ducks to ensure their precious grape vines are free from pests and pesticides.

Australian Zoo Welcomes Eleven New Endangered African Wild Dog Pups
Posted on November 10, 2016

African Wild Dogs are slightly less endangered now that a mated pair at Australia's Taronga Western Plains Zoo produced a litter of eleven cuddly, colorful and very hungry pups.

Photographer Turns Rescued Lab Animals Into Storybook Characters
Posted on November 9, 2016

Rachele Totaro loves photography and animals, and she combines her two passions by creating images of rescued lab animals in storybook settings to support her favorite charity.

3D Cat Face Key Holder Gives Cat Fanciers A Little Relief
Posted on November 8, 2016

Add a new dimension to your cat-loving lifestyle with the My Poppet Pet Cat Key Holder, the only key holder to feature a lifelike, three-dimensional portrait of your wee whiskered BFF's face.

White House or Animal House? The Top Ten Strangest Presidential Pets
Posted on November 7, 2016

While presidential pets of the modern era have typically been dogs or cats, earlier Chief Executives thought much farther outside the litter box.

Cat Stranded Atop Water Tower Saved By Thirst Responders
Posted on November 6, 2016

It wasn't your average towering inFURno when a small black cat climbed a water tower in LaSalle, Colorado and couldn't get back down without a few helping hands.

Plush Exercise Mutt Is Your Workout Bow-Wow Buddy
Posted on November 5, 2016

The Good Luck Abdominal Muscle Trainer looks like a cute stuffed animal but its really an exercise mutt designed to help you on the exercise mat.

Flag Me Down: The Top Ten Red White & Blue Animals
Posted on November 4, 2016

These all-American creatures decked out in red white & blue prove you don't have to be born on the Fourth of July to be a natural-born patriot.

Two's Company, Three's A Crowd When Cheeky Croc Crashes Couple's Pool Rendezvous
Posted on November 3, 2016

A vacationing couple enjoying the wild life got a visit from the wildlife when their late-night swimming pool tryst turned into a trio, courtesy of a very unwelcome crocodile.

Cat Face Slippers Let You Pussyfoot Around The House
Posted on November 2, 2016

Pace your space on little cat feet with Lovely Cats Mute Slippers, featuring the realistic countenances of your favorite kittens – just keep 'em away from your dog.

Iceland's Most Famous Cat Poses For Photos, Robs Grocery Stores
Posted on November 1, 2016

A striking, blue-eyed Ragdoll Cat named Ófelía can't seem to decide if she's Iceland's leading feline supermodel or a sophisticated cat burglar... the obvious answer is Why Not Both?

Monkey Barred: The Top Ten Terrifying Playground Animals
Posted on October 31, 2016

Playground slides, rides and climbing frames shouldn't be designed by those whose childhoods were the stuff of nightmares... and yet here we are.

Fisherman Gets A Bite But His Fish Already One
Posted on October 30, 2016

When fisherman Eddie Grant reeled in a fluke that took his bait in Raritan Bay, he got more – and a bit less – than he expected.

Smoking Chimp At North Korean Zoo Puffs A Pack A Day
Posted on October 29, 2016

A chimpanzee at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea is charming visitors (and infuriating animal rights campaigners) by smoking cigarettes to the tune of a pack a day.

Wildlife Meets Afterlife: The Top Ten Wild Animals In Cemeteries
Posted on October 28, 2016

Cemeteries boast lush landscaping, quiet spaces and a sparse human presence – living humans, at least – making them ideal havens for wildlife to hang out in.

Cats Him If You Can: Man Robs Bank Wearing Cat Mugshot T-Shirt
Posted on October 27, 2016

Perhaps anticipating his own probable fate, a man wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the face of a cat posing for a mugshot allegedly held up a bank near Oklahoma City.

All Those Who Want More Food, Raise Your Hands!
Posted on October 26, 2016

All hands on deck... or in this case, UNDER the deck of a far-too-cheerful European couple who evidently have never watched The Walking Dead.

Isopod Halloween Costume Will Make You Curl Up With Fear
Posted on October 25, 2016

This creepy custom-made “Monster Bug” marine isopod suit featuring a dozen spindly legs that move in unison just might be the scariest Halloween costume EVAR!

Vote For Meow: The Top Ten Cat Election Candidates
Posted on October 24, 2016

The 2016 election is a big turn-off for many but will voters disgusted with human candidates turn to our feline friends for political salvation?