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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Ebony, Ivory, O RLY? 10 Unexpected Black & White Animals

Just as no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, no one expects certain "informally attired" animals to sport the classy tuxedo look 24-7. So forget Fifty Shades Of Grey and the monotone middle ground, these ten creatures say black and white are just all right!

Prick This: Cat Butt Pincushions Dreamed Up By A Knit Wit

Who sez pricks and butts don't belong together? These Cat Butt Pincushions on display at the Tokyo Design Festa 2015 demand a second glance... especially if you happen to enjoy knitting AND own a cat.

Animal Houses: Ten Fun Animal-Shaped Buildings

Whether you're selling a pet-related product, providing service to animals or just want to make people smile, securing space in a building that looks like an animal is the way to go. This collection of ten fun animal-shaped buildings will definitely appeal to the worldwide fraternity of animal-lovers, with the extra bonus of NO double secret probation.

Cat Sushi Combines Japan's Two Favorite Obsessions

“Neko-Sushi is an extremely unusual life-form consisting of a cat on top of a portion of sushi rice” according to Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts of Japan, creators of a deliciously cat-tastic website & gift shop.

Get A Kick Out Of Cleaning With Frog Mop Slippers

Tired of unintentionally mopping up kitchen spills with your socks? Slip on a pair of Frog Mop Slippers and you'll be saying “Kermit” instead of “Darnit!” Designed with a frog face on top and a shaggy mop on the bottom, these cute yet functional Japanese imports are a kick to wear whether or not cleaning's on your to-do list.

Polish “Nurse Cat” Comforts Fellow Shelter Critters

A very special black cat has become a good luck charm for injured dogs and cats at a Polish animal shelter. Rademenes, a nine-month-old feline, was treated at the shelter after being rescued and now appears to be paying it forward by comforting his four-footed fellows.

The Giraffe Stool Takes Animal Chairs To The Necks Level

The Giraffe Stool isn't as crappy as it sounds; in fact it stands head and shoulders above the rest. Supported by a robust steel skeleton and covered in soft plush, the Giraffe Stool is the necks thing in environmentally relevant room furnishings.

Qantas Introduces Koala Class Seating For Four Furry Fliers

Koalas don't often fly but when they do, Qantas ensures they fly in style! The Australian commercial air carrier created the ultra-exclusive class complete with a special in-flight meals but only those meeting strict koala-fications could apply.

Park9 Dog and Cat Resort: High-End Pet Boarding That's Never Boring!

Vacationing pet-owners no longer need to feel guilty when leaving their dogs and/or cats behind... in fact they might even be jealous! Park9, a “One-of-a-Kind Dog and Cat Resort” located near Toronto's Pearson Airport, is a full-featured pet resort providing Toronto's dogs and cats with their very own vacation spot.

Rustic Handmade Ceramic Cat Feeding Dish Tells A Tail

Allow your cat to dine in timeless style with this beautiful example of handmade pottery from Japan! Each individually crafted piece features a charming stylized cat's tail embossed upon an integral pedestal that reduces strain on your hungry (or thirsty) pet's neck.


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