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.)

Rare White Moose Snapped Skinny-Dipping In Sweden
Posted on August 15, 2017

A majestic snow-white bull moose sporting an impressive rack of frosty antlers was recorded beating the summer heat in a chilly lake in western Sweden.

Cat With Cat On Its Nose Smells Like... Any Other Cat
Posted on August 14, 2017

This awesomely meta cat from Japan has a natural marking on its nose that looks like a miniature resting black cat. So, how does it smell? Quite well, thank you.

'Nastiest' Prehistoric Sea Crocodile Named For Motorhead's Lemmy
Posted on August 10, 2017

Meet Lemmysuchus, a particularly fearsome fossil sea crocodile named after Lemmy Kilmister, the late lead guitarist from the heavy metal band Motorhead.

Japanese Cat & Dog Wall Clocks Sport Lifelike Wagging Tails
Posted on August 8, 2017

These cat & dog wall clocks from Japanese designer Keitaro Fujii sport lifelike wagging tails that will charm and alarm you.

Alleged Tortoise Thief Defended By Smart Skeptical Mom
Posted on August 7, 2017

A New York man suspected of stealing a 'huge a--' tortoise from an animal shelter is being defended by someone very close to home: his sharp-tongued mother.

'Demon' Calf Is Spittin' Image Of KISS's Gene Simmons
Posted on August 2, 2017

A calf from Kerrville, Texas entered the world sporting KISS-like black & white facial markings that impressed not just her owners but Gene “The Demon” Simmons himself.

Dashcam Captures Guy Walking With A Sea Gull On His Head
Posted on July 31, 2017

A Scottish driving instructor and his student managed to keep their collective cool when they passed a man walking along the sidewalk with a flapping sea gull perched on top of his head.

Helpful Tourist Flips Stranded Sea Turtle Back On Its Flippers
Posted on July 26, 2017

A tourist at a resort in Cozumel, Mexico saved a doomed sea turtle by flipping it back on its feet, er, flippers, allowing it to return to the ocean.

Stubbs, Feline Mayor Of Talkeetna, Passes Away At Age 20
Posted on July 24, 2017

A yellow cat named Stubbs has shuffled off this mortal coil after serving 19 of his 20 years as the elected mayor of a small town in Alaska. Talk about your political animals!

Creepy Cute Bunny Harvestman Could Give An Arachnid Arachnophobia
Posted on July 20, 2017

This bizarre looking “Bunny Harvestman” from the South American rainforest looks like a mad scientist grafted a rabbit's head onto an octet of spindly spider legs.

Maine Lobstermen Rescue Seal Pup Tangled In Fishing Net
Posted on July 19, 2017

A pair of kindly Maine lobstermen get the “seal of approval” from animal lovers everywhere after they carefully freed a young seal pup from a snarled tangle of discarded fishing nets.

Green-Furred Pup Is The Pickle Of The Litter
Posted on July 18, 2017

A Golden Retriever puppy with green fur was born recently in Scotland, only the fourth time such a thing has occurred. Naturally, the pup's owner named him “Forest”.

'Incredibly Hugely Fat' Rattlesnake Slithers Across Florida Road
Posted on July 11, 2017

Shake, rattler and roll: what a witness described as “The World's Fattest Rattlesnake” wasn't exactly the world's fastest serpent, barely managing to make it safely across a Polk County, Florida road.

Golden Retriever Goes Green, Retrieves Litter From Polluted Chinese River
Posted on July 10, 2017

A Golden Retriever from Suzhou, China is more than just a good pet, he's a four-legged river cleaning machine!

Fox With Head Stuck Between Headstones Is Rescued Tomb Morrow
Posted on July 6, 2017

Headstones do not work that way! A not-so-clever fox who managed to get his head caught between a pair of gravestones spent a nervous night in the cemetery before being freed.

Russian Cat Channels Puss In Boots, Gets Anything He Wants
Posted on June 30, 2017

Hosico, a Scottish Straight cat from Moscow, has got his Puss In Boots impression down pat and his owners wrapped around his little finger.

Mysterious White Creature Has Homeowner Foxed
Posted on June 30, 2017

Raccoon, fox, chupacabra or what? A Memphis homeowner who managed to trap a four-legged, white-furred critter that was tearing up his yard still doesn't know what kind of animal it was.

Chapo The Kitten Escapes Jail Under Construction
Posted on June 29, 2017

Dubbed “Chapo” after the Houdini-esque Mexican drug lord, a big-eared kitten had his “Get Out Of Jail Free” card punched by caring construction workers who found him inside a wall about to be filled with concrete.

Skunk With Head Stuck In McFlurry Cup Saved By Scents-Able Woman
Posted on June 28, 2017

A Kemptville, Ontario woman with more sensibility than scents, er, sense saved a skunk whose head was stuck in a discarded McDonald's McFlurry cup.

What A RUSH! Capybara Triplets Named After Rock Stars
Posted on June 26, 2017

A trio of baby capybaras born at Toronto's High Park Zoo last March finally have names thanks to members of the public who voted to name them Geddy, Alex and Neil after members of Canada's most famous rock trio – RUSH.

Russia's Shagadelic Curly-Haired Horses
Posted on June 25, 2017

Trans-Baikal curly-haired horses have thick coats of hair that give them a slightly “sheepish” appearance. Expect to see a shirtless Putin riding one bareback any day now.

Pet-Shaped Cardboard Boxes Remind Pet Owners To Remember Their Pets On Moving Day
Posted on June 22, 2017

A thoughtful initiative from Home Hardware and the SPCA reminds pet-owners who move on July 1st – Quebec's informal Moving Day – that displaced pets shouldn't be 'boxed out' when people move to pet-free accommodations.

Animal Rescue Refuge Uses Artificial Intelligence To Name 9 Guinea Pigs
Posted on June 21, 2017

Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia turned to an artificial neural network when 9 nameless guinea pigs needed names. No, 'Guinea McPigface' wasn't one of them but you might just wish it was.

As God Is My Witness I Thought Swine Flew
Posted on June 20, 2017

Riding the bus in Singapore just got a lot more “boaring” thanks to an unusually un-boorish herd of over a dozen wild boars that peacefully swarmed a suburban bus station.

Seriously Obese Cat Sheds Pounds, Finds A Forever Home
Posted on June 19, 2017

Washington DC's favorite overweight orange fatcat – no, not Donald – has found a new home with a caring family who will hopefully cut back on the kitty snacks. Make Ameri-cats slim again!