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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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Kittens Of The Sea: Nine Legendary Ship's Cats

If you thought cats didn't like water, think again. These nine legendary ship's cats embarked upon epic voyages of discovery, dangerous wartime missions and the odd three-hour cruise, keeping sailors company while ensuring their vessels remained vermin-free.

Niconico Nekomura Horse Mask Cat Earphone Jack Plug Accessory Just Says Neigh

Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the Niconico Nekomura Horse Mask Cat Earphone Jack Plug Accessory from Evolete. It's an ideal way to keep the Horse Mask meme going strong long after the original thrill has gone.

Safari, So Good: Lion Head Backpack Gets You To Class With Pride

Get that monkey off your back and put a lion there instead. This frighteningly realistic lion head backpack will make the wearer a big “mane” on campus faster than you can say “Bwana I wanna!”

Forbidden Kitties: The Emperor Of China's Court Cats

About a hundred stray and semi-feral cats roam the vermilion walkways of Beijing's 500-year-old Forbidden City. Descended from felines “employed” to keep the Chinese emperor's stomping grounds rat-free, these mainly white cats have less work to do these days and by the looks of it they're enjoying their retirement to the max.

Cute Creepy Lykoi Cats Look Like Miniature Werewolves

It's no accident Lykoi Cats look a lot like little werewolves... actually, it IS an accident: these strikingly cute (or jaw-droppingly creepy depending on your POV) felines first appeared almost four years ago as a natural mutation from a black domestic shorthair mother.

Share Your Love for Wolves This Valentine's Day

Are roses and chocolates too mild by a mile when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts? Switch things up and go wild with cuddly wolf plushies from the International Wolf Center!

Just Mist It! Ten Amazing Animals On Breathtakingly Cold Mornings

Arctic Vortex or not, it's the depth of winter and baby it's COLD outside! Watching my neighbor's cat huffing and puffing his way across our yard at sunrise like a tiny, furry steam locomotive brought home the fact that pets and animals breathe much more visually in frigid winter weather.

NicoNico Nekomura iCat Makes A Cute Clear Case For The Apple iPhone 5c

The iCat is a clear smartphone jacket that enhances the look of your Apple iPhone 5C while letting the phone's true colors shine through. Four distinctive graphic designs feature the famously cute NicoNico Nekomura cats playfully interacting with Apple's signature logo.

Meet Egg, The Rechargeable Robotic Companion For Cats & Kittens

What came first, the kitten or the Egg? If you've got the former you'll want to follow up with the latter! Kickstarter-funded Egg is an “intelligent cat companion” that interacts and entertains your cat while you're away.

Mask Hysteria: 10 Amazing Cats & Dogs Wearing Horse Masks

2014 is the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese zodiac so what better way to ring in the new year than with 10 amazing cats & dogs wearing creepy cute horse masks?


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