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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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Polar Bears Ruin Halloween For Kids In Canadian Arctic Hamlet

Old and busted: the Grinch who stole Christmas. New hotness: the polar bears who stole Halloween! Authorities from the Hamlet of Arviat, a town situated deep in the heart of Canada's polar bear country, have suggested residents participate in an indoor “Halloween Community Event” instead of allowing kids to go trick or treating outdoors.

OPPO Toilet Screen For Cats Shields Against Kicked Kitty Litter

Tired of cleaning up a gritty mess of kicked-out kitty litter every time Miss Frisky answers nature's meow? Hey, who isn't? Thank goodness the nice folks at OPPO are offering the ToiletScreen, a flexible, lightweight and portable shield for cats and kittens that ceases the scattering of sand.

Rare Velvet Worm Named After Animated Characters From My Neighbor Totoro

What's been spreading virally lately? Besides Ebola, it's an odd-looking velvet worm dubbed Eoperipatus Totoro. Scientists who named the peripatetic creature were reminded not only of Totoro himself but also of the mythical, multi-legged Catbus.

“Boyfriend” Lizard Becomes A Bed For His “Girlfriend”

He made his bed and she's gonna lay in it... or so it would seem. One of a pair of captive lizards appears to be accommodating its slightly smaller cage companion by hanging from the enclosure's ceiling grid by its claws.

Used Soviet Dog Spacesuit Going Up For Auction

Who wouldn't “Laika” a gently used dog spacesuit from the 1960 Sputnik-5 mission? This original and rare relic of the Space Race could be yours for just a few thousand Euros... provided you outbid other bidders at the upcoming auction.

Striped Paul Frank Poodle Onesie Is Ridiculously Cute

What, your meticulously coiffed toy poodle, cockapoo, labradoodle or whatnot isn't cute enough all on its own? Hit the switch to sweetness overload by clothing your precious pet in a colorful striped onesie from Paul Frank.

Man Trains His Dogs To Fetch Trashed Plastic Bottles For Recycling

So your dog fetches sticks, frisbees and tennis balls... sure, it's fun but what do YOU get out of it? One clever pet owner from Chongqing, China trained his two dogs to seek out and fetch trashed plastic bottles, which he then turns in for recycling to the tune of around $160 annually. That'll buy a lot of frisbees.

Oh Grate! The Top 10 Animals Stuck In, On & Under Manhole Covers

Life in modern society ain't always easy for humans, so let's cut our animal friends some slack – literally – when they get themselves into sticky situations trying to navigate our unnatural urban infrastructure. It would help, however, if they'd stop trying to use sewer grates and manhole covers as doors. Just sayin'.

23 Neighborhood Wi-Fi Hotspots Revealed By A Cat

Combine a custom cat collar with a naturally roaming pet and what do you get? In the case of one particularly peripatetic Siamese, a network map of the neighbor's WiFi networks. Credit security researcher Gene Bransfield and Coco, a Siamese cat from suburban Washington DC, with the inspired hack that – in the wrong hands (or paws) – could end up costing more than a few internet subscribers more than a few dollars.

Scooter Pooch Might Just Make The Segway Cool

A dog-owner in Shenzhen, China, has trained his pet to ride a scooter alongside while he performs his morning jog on busy city streets. While certainly unsafe – breathing Shenzhen's smog is a definite health hazard – at least one of the pair is getting some exercise.


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