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.)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Cat Has A Measurable Issue
Posted on February 12, 2019

This cute cat thought he'd finally licked his OCD problem until his owners whipped out the tape measure. Sign that cat to a contract... working in the mail room!

Call Me Cuckoo: The Top 10 Animals Named After Their Sounds
Posted on February 12, 2019

Well howler 'bout that? These ten animals make sounds so distinctive their calls, growls, chirps and yowls became the names they're now known as.

Wildlife Endangered By Unused Soccer Nets
Posted on February 11, 2019

Soccer may be 'the beautiful game' but the sport's increasing popularity is making life ugly for nocturnal wildlife trapped in the tough webbing of unoccupied goal nets.

Cat Found Frozen In Montana Snowbank Makes Full Recovery
Posted on February 9, 2019

A Kalispell kitty who become lost in drifting snow can warmly recall her chilling ordeal thanks to local veterinarians who managed to reheat 'Frosty' back to 'Fluffy'.

Chill Kitty Walks Across Wintery City Crosswalk
Posted on February 6, 2019

A clever ginger cat from Belarus is making the most of its nine lives by patiently waiting at a crosswalk until road traffic had come to a stop.

Taiwan Pet Spa Pampers Pooches With Full Body Mud Shampoos
Posted on February 5, 2019

A full-service pet spa in Taiwan imports high-end charcoal and mud shampoos and conditioners to make sure even the most pretentious pet comes out smelling like roses.

Majestic In Magenta: The Top 10 Pink Animals
Posted on February 4, 2019

Call 'em blush, flush, rose or fuchsia - when an animal’s prime pigment is pink, the results can be strikingly beautiful… they don’t call it 'shocking pink' for nothing!

Hello Kitty Cat Costume has Gone to the Cats & Dogs
Posted on February 1, 2019

Hello Kitty suits are the cat's meow in Japan; so much so that even dogs want to get in on the act!

Alpaca Who Fled French Farm Seen Shopping For Eyewear
Posted on January 29, 2019

An escaped alpaca who thought dark shades might help him elude his pursuers was found inside an optician's shop, casually browsing the eyewear displays.

Rilakkuma Notebooks Make Schoolwork Cool Work
Posted on January 28, 2019

Rilakkuma notebooks featuring Japan's most relaxed character and his cute pals are the perfect fix for those who just can't 'bear' being back at school.

Sand Point Sea Lions Angling To Put The Bite On Anglers
Posted on January 25, 2019

Aggressive sea lions in Sand Point, Alaska have once again targeted local fisherman by leaping out of the sea to inflict painful bites.

Scream Creams: 7 Weird, Wild & Unlikely Animal Milks
Posted on January 21, 2019

If it's weird for human beings to drink cow's milk, how to explain these seven strange milks that (at least according to their labels) are the products of some very un-cow-like creatures.

Zebra Stripe Body Paint May Provide Protection From Bug Bites
Posted on January 18, 2019

Blood-sucking bugs avoid biting bodies painted with contrasting 'zebra' stripes, according to a new study published by The Royal Society.

Music-Loving Coyote Takes Refuge In Nashville Restroom
Posted on January 17, 2019

Police sounded a happy note after gently removing a wily young coyote from a restroom at the Nashville Music City Center.

Palau's Jellyfish Lake Reopens As Polyp Population Rebounds
Posted on January 16, 2019

Jellyfish Lake – an oceanic oasis home to millions of stingless golden jellies – has reopened to tourism after a two-year hiatus caused by a severe drought.

Riga's Kitschy Cat House Tells A Tale Of Two Tails
Posted on January 15, 2019

The Cat House in Riga, Latvia was built for someone who may not have cared for cats but who definitely DID care about being snubbed.

Ruff Livin': The Top 10 Real Places Named After Dogs
Posted on January 14, 2019

Sent to the doghouse again? You won't be alone at any of these 10 real towns, islands and streets named after dogs.

Kitty City: The Top 10 Real Places Named After Cats
Posted on January 11, 2019

Cat got your town? It's more likely than you think, if you're living in a place whose name frightens mice and makes dogs shiver with anticipation.

DNA Kit For Cats Reveals Your Feline's Genes
Posted on January 10, 2019

CatKit, the first home cat DNA kit, allows cat-owners to learn more about their pet's past, present and future.

Oh Gnaw You Didn't: 10 Curiously Cute Japanese Dog Chew Toys
Posted on January 9, 2019

The best pet chew toys must appeal to both dogs AND their owners, and Bestever Japan appears to hit the bullseye on both marks with these 10 curiously cute creations.

Customers Shocked After Finding Dried Lizards In Bags Of Fish Skin Snacks
Posted on January 4, 2019

Deceased dried lizards are turning up in bags of Irvins Salted Egg Flavor Fish Skin snacks across southeast Asia, turning up noses among fans of the acquired delicacy.

Mind The Pup: The Top 10 Bizarre 'Beware Of Dog' Signs
Posted on January 2, 2019

Life's rough and getting, er, ruffer thanks to these 10 weird and wacky 'Beware of Dog' signs that seemingly seek to confuse trespassers when all that's needed is a warning of a watchdog.

The Top 10 Humorously Named Fish & Chip Shops
Posted on December 27, 2018

Fish & Chips shops by any other name still smell the same, so show off your good breading, batter up and fry united along with these 10 dist-stink-tively dubbed purveyors of piscine provisions.

Krakatoa Inspired The Name Of This 'Volcanic' Sea Slug
Posted on December 23, 2018

Meet Hypselodoris Krakatoa, an ocean-dwelling nudibranch or sea slug whose gills resemble an erupting tropical volcano.

Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatchback There
Posted on December 21, 2018

This totally (chicken)wired personal luxury 'coop' spotted at a Missouri Walmart parking lot runs on chicken feed and emits biogas.