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.)

Rescued Kitten Was Really A Wild Bobcat Kit
Posted on June 21, 2018

Turns out an abandoned kitten rescued from a busy parking lot by a good samaritan wasn't actually a kitten – it's a wild bobcat kit.

Tiny Rescued Seahorse Trapped In Fishing Line Returns To The Ocean
Posted on June 20, 2018

A tiny female seahorse named 'Frito' will once again ride the waves after rescuers removed fishing line from her neck and relocated the rehabbed fish back to her marine stomping grounds.

Memo To Safari-Goers: Please Don't Pet The Lions
Posted on June 19, 2018

A tourist who reached out the window of a jeep to stroke a passing male lion will live to pet again, though he'll likely need new underwear.

Soggy Sheep Seeks Shelter From Sudden Spring Storm
Posted on June 18, 2018

An opportunistic Swaledale sheep from Cumbria, UK kept its wool warm and dry by ducking into a worn wooden bus shelter during Storm Hector.

Dog Wears Stylish Onesie To Block Hay Fever Pollen
Posted on June 15, 2018

A Manchester mutt who suffers from severe hay fever can enjoy the great outdoors again now that his owner dresses him in a form-fitting, pollen-blocking, lycra onesie.

Forklift Cat House Puts Whiskers To Work
Posted on June 13, 2018

The Working Kitty Fork Lift cat house is constructed of corrugated cardboard and comes with a complementary case of cut-out fish.

Scottish Otter Catches & Eats Octopus, Won't Be Played For A Sucker
Posted on June 11, 2018

Otters oughtta eat octopi and indeed they do according to photographer John Moncrieff, who snapped one savvy cephalopod snacker in the Shetland islands.

Clever Kea Parrots Move Traffic Cones To Slow Speedy Drivers
Posted on June 8, 2018

Kea parrots in New Zealand have been caught on camera shifting traffic cones into active lanes in a clever ploy to coax food from passing vehicles.

Shark Bites Surfboard, Leaves Toothy Calling Card
Posted on June 7, 2018

A great white shark was left a chomper short when it chomped down on an Australian kiteboarder's surfboard.

Leopard Trapped In Well Gets Helping Hand From Local Villagers
Posted on June 5, 2018

A leopard who fell into a 20-ft-deep well near a tiger reserve in India escaped a watery fate thanks to villagers who constructed a ladder from scratch.

Cafe Arms Diners With Water Pistols To Deter Pesky Seagulls
Posted on May 31, 2018

Annoyed by aggressive seagulls ruining his customers' meals, the owner of an Australian seaside eatery has begun issuing loaded water pistols to each table.

Cat's Paw Candles Include An Illumination Claws
Posted on May 30, 2018

These scented puni-puni cat's paw candles made with paraffin wax and mineral oil are the only way anyone should give their pet a hot-foot.

Marauding Monkeys Pickup Free Fruit From Thai Pickup
Posted on May 29, 2018

A sweet-toothed troop of monkeys in Lopburi, Thailand, was recorded robbing durian fruit from the open bed of a pickup truck stuck in heavy traffic.

Aggressive Squirrels Laugh At Misspelled Warning Signs
Posted on May 28, 2018

A bizarre passive-aggressive sign in an Orlando park states the obvious even while it features a very obvious spelling mistake.

Cat Toilet Roll Storer Makes Your Bathroom Divine & Feline
Posted on May 27, 2018

This cat-themed toilet paper storage sling mounts behind your existing wall-mounted TP holder, ensuring your next roll is always close at hand.

Big Booty Beaver Rescued From Iron-Barred Fence
Posted on May 25, 2018

A wandering beaver whose eyes were bigger than its hips needed assistance from firefighters after wedging its big ol' butt between the metal bars of a garden fence.

Forgotten Cat Surfs Van Roof On Nebraska Highway
Posted on May 24, 2018

A frightened and presumably forgotten cat was caught on video clinging to the roof of a van speeding along the interstate near Omaha, Nebraska.

Snake In A Cereal Box Ain't A Grrreat Way To Start The Day
Posted on May 23, 2018

It may not be a cereal killer but an escaped pet corn snake certainly executed an unsuspecting British man's appetite when it suddenly slithered out of a box of breakfast flakes.

Russian President Putin Trotsky's Up To Florida Walmart
Posted on May 22, 2018

A shirtless, shades-wearing, horse-riding man possibly named Vladimir was recently photographed riding by an ice machine outside a Walmart somewhere in Florida.

Shiba Dogs Chill Out On This Cool Car Windshield Sunshade
Posted on May 21, 2018

This smiling Shiba dogs windshield sunshade shows the world your puppy love while cur-tailing car interior heat during the dog days of summer.

Snoring Pet Pig Forces Family To Move Six Times
Posted on May 20, 2018

A pet pig's thunderous snoring has so infuriated a Chinese family's neighbors, the formerly petite piglet's keepers have had to move out a half-dozen times... and counting.

Puffer Fish Fan Seeks To Single-Handedly Restock River
Posted on May 18, 2018

A fish breeder who recently released 70,000 puffer fish fry into China's mighty Yangtze River hopes to revitalize the puffer population.

Lost Pot-Bellied Pig Brings The Zoo To The Bronx
Posted on May 17, 2018

A sixty-pound stray pig seen sauntering down Eagle Ave. in the South Bronx has had its bacon saved by the Animal Care Center of New Pork, er, New York City.

Pooped Squirrel Rescued From Student's Toilet
Posted on May 16, 2018

A proud but pooped (as in 'tired') squirrel can thank the local RSPCA for rescuing him from a flush toilet in a student's shared house.

World's Politest Cat Knocks On The Door Before Entering
Posted on May 15, 2018

A cat caught on camera rapping the knocker on its owner's front door may be the world's most polite feline.