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.)

Puppy Mop Makes Cleaning Up Feel Like Walking The Dog
Posted on September 21, 2018

Mopping the floor has gone to the dogs thanks to this cute and clever floor 'Mop Dog' designed to resemble a fluffy black, white or brown puppy.

Missing Monkey Turns Up At Swedish McDonald's
Posted on September 20, 2018

A rare and endangered Goeldi's Marmoset reported missing from the Universeum science center in Gothenburg, Sweden turned up safe and sound several hours later... at a local McDonald's restaurant.

Snoring Seal Sammy Snuffles Sonorously, Snoozing Serenely In Scottish Sea
Posted on September 18, 2018

A seal dubbed 'Sammy' was recorded as it softly snored, nostrils flaring, while it slept obliviously to marine traffic in busy Stornoway harbor.

Rare Brown & White Panda Shows Its Spots
Posted on September 17, 2018

A rare brown & white Qinling Panda took center stage recently at a panda rescue and research center in Xi'an, China.

Man & Kitten Rescued From Hurricane Florence Flooding
Posted on September 15, 2018

Going with the Flo: A man and his faithful kitten rescued by boat were both 'Survivors' after rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence's storm surge surrounded their home in New Bern, NC.

Jaws Of Life Free Jaws Of Bear From Cream Can
Posted on September 13, 2018

A hungry black bear from Minnesota thought he had a large metal cream can licked but it seems the can had other ideas.

Conch Shell Soft Water Bottle Cover Blows Away Your Thirst
Posted on September 12, 2018

This soft fabric conch shell cover keeps your water bottle cool, dry and in no way makes it look like you're tooting your own horn.

Trunk-less Baby Elephant May Not Survive
Posted on September 11, 2018

A baby elephant without a trunk has been spotted in South Africa's Kruger National Park and conservationists fear for its long-term survival.

Amazing All-Black Chickens Crow Like A Boss
Posted on September 10, 2018

Ayam Cemani chickens are the blackest birds you've ever seen, putting run-of-the mill crows and ravens to shame.

Walmart Marmoset Says 'Eat Mor Bananaz'
Posted on September 7, 2018

It appears a peeved-looking pet marmoset shopping with its owner at Walmart doesn't like the photographer snapping its primate parts.

Cat-Shaped Umbrella Stand Doesn't Want To Keep Your Brollies Organized
Posted on September 6, 2018

This cat-shaped umbrella stand can store up to three brollies, though its pained and pensive face might put you off from using it for its intended purpose.

Homey Goat Raises Flap By Coming & Going Through The Dog Door
Posted on September 5, 2018

A well-mannered pet goat from Australia has learned that cat flaps and dog doors aren't just for cats and dogs anymore.

Bear In Colorado Springs Sprung From Storm Drain
Posted on September 4, 2018

A 250-pound bear trapped in a storm drain got an new lease on life when wildlife officers extricated the burly bruin in a humane, hands-off showdown.

Fishmonger Busted For Putting Googly Eyes On Old Fish
Posted on September 3, 2018

A seafood shop in Kuwait took fresh fish fakery to an eye-popping level by gluing plastic googly eyes onto its catch of the (previous) day.

Mysterious 'Big Cat' Snapped Skulking Through Northeastern PA Backyards
Posted on August 31, 2018

An unidentified 'big cat' – possibly a mountain lion or an overgrown bobcat – was caught on tape as it prowled along suburban backyards in Lackawanna County, PA.

Kitty Print Kimono Is The Cat's Meow
Posted on August 31, 2018

You can kimono our house anytime while wearing this 100% cotton yukata resplendent in cool seafoam aqua emblazoned with playful ginger cats leaping through the late autumn grass.

Leapin' Lizards! San Juan Iguana Photobombs Vacationer
Posted on August 30, 2018

President Trump said we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico but he's got nuthin' on an anonymous iguana whose perfectly timed leap was a thing of photobombing beauty.

'Pizza Squirrel' Shamelessly Snacks On Squandered Slice Poolside
Posted on August 29, 2018

A squirrel with a serious case of the munchies was caught chowing down on a trashed slice of pizza at a California hotel pool.

Hello Kitty Statue Beheaded By Typhoon
Posted on August 28, 2018

Me Oww! A huge statue of Hello Kitty that greeted visitors to Hello Kitty Island in South Korea is badly in need of repair after a powerful typhoon broke its neck.

Wee Paws For This Cat's Paw Toothbrush Stand
Posted on August 27, 2018

Cat lovers will go mental, er, dental for this cat's paw kitty-themed toothbrush & toothpaste stand made from durable melamine plastic.

Creepy Cat Lamp Gets Turned On When You Press Its Testes
Posted on August 24, 2018

An anatomically correct cat lamp called 'Felix' turns on (and off) with a gentle flick of its golden bollocks.

Chinese Army Dog Salutes Soldiers Going Off Duty
Posted on August 23, 2018

We're not saying the Chinese Army has gone to the dogs but in one city at least, soldiers at the end of their duty shift are exchanging salutes with a well-trained K9.

Rilakkuma Cute Doll Pillow Cover Set Sweetens Dreams
Posted on August 21, 2018

The Rilakkuma Cute Doll Pillow Cover Set is the next best thing to sleeping head-on, so to speak, with the super-popular San-X character and his friends.

Oversized Snake Constricts Mailbox, Conflicts Mailman
Posted on August 20, 2018

A large python 'went postal' on an Overland Park letter carrier who'd figured barking dogs and hissing cats were the worst of his worries.

Parrot Rescuer Rescued From Muddy Drained Lake
Posted on August 17, 2018

A pet-owner from Belleville, Illinois got that sinking feeling while trying to rescue his escaped parrot from the middle of a mud-choked lake bed.