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.)

Rescued Chinese Giant Salamanders Find New Home At London Zoo
Posted on April 4, 2019

One of four rare Chinese Giant Salamanders found in cereal boxes being smuggled into the UK is making his public debut at the ZSL London Zoo.

The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Veterinarian Signs
Posted on April 3, 2019

As much as we love our pet vets for all the good they do, some otherwise remarkable animal docs can't get their medical message across without raising an eyebrow.

Donald Trump Squirrel Feeder Is A Presidential Nutcase
Posted on April 1, 2019

The Donald Trump Squirrel Feeder amuses and entertains political animals BIGLY while providing nutritious nuts and seeds to our non-voting wildlife pals.

Michael Vick, Dog Owner? Deleted Twitter Pic Shows Open Milk-Bones Box
Posted on March 31, 2019

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick was convicted on federal and state felony dog fighting charges in 2007 and as one of the conditions of his parole, he was not legally able to own a dog.

Road Hogs: A Fur-ther 10 Weird Animal Road Crossing Signs
Posted on March 29, 2019

The road less traveled just got safer thanks to these weird animal road crossing signs that tell us no matter how rare and unusual a creature may be, it still wants to cross the road in one piece.

Kitten-Head Marshmallows Are As Sweet As They Are Cute
Posted on March 27, 2019

The sweet faces of these Japanese kitten-head marshmallows prompt smiles of delight while their fruit-flavored interiors tantalize your taste buds.

Recycled Wine Barrel Cat Beds Put The Napa In Naptime
Posted on March 25, 2019

Cats of all (vint)ages will enjoy champagne dreams in these retired and recycled, wall-mounted, Napa Valley wine barrel cat beds.

Puppypalooza At U.S. Coast Guard Academy Celebrates Land & Sea Dogs
Posted on March 24, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Puppy Palooza invites salty dogs and poopdeck pups to meet this year's Coast Guard cadets at the Academy's annual Sports and Wellness Day.

Home Tweet Home: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Birdhouses
Posted on March 22, 2019

Even birds who don't mind the fact that birdhouses built by people don't often look natural might turn up their beaks at these ten weird and bizarre birdhouses.

Dogs Get Goofy Over This Spine-tingling Hedgehog Chew Toy
Posted on March 21, 2019

The 'Peep Hedgehog' chew toy smells like milk and squeaks when it's bitten, much like actual hedgehogs who would be horrified if they could read.

Good Dogma: The Top 10 Pet-Friendly Clever Church Signs
Posted on March 20, 2019

These inspirational church sign sayings that reference pets and/or animals combine humor and cleverness to ensure karma won't hit your dogma.

Alive & Olive: The Top 10 Unexpectedly Green Animals
Posted on March 17, 2019

Animals, mammals especially, don't often come in green but just as St Patrick's Day comes around once a year, you can expect an unexpectedly green critter to make an appearance once in a while.

Tokyo Pet Store Succeeds With 'Rent To Own' Puppy Policy
Posted on March 17, 2019

A Japanese pet store has introduced a Try 'em, Buy 'em business model that relies on the four-legged inventory to basically sell itself.

Baby Chick Head Matches Light Up Your Life, Cigarettes
Posted on March 15, 2019

These adorable yellow-headed baby chick matches from Japan's Tobacco & Salt Museum 'strike' a balance between art and utility.

Samurai Armor For Pets Is Cutting Edge Cool
Posted on March 13, 2019

Warrior pets, come out and play! Give your pet a historic makeover with a set of handmade Japanese samurai armor.

Dumpling Delivery On Horseback Mends Lovers' Quarrel
Posted on March 12, 2019

There once was a young man from Shanxi, whose near-breakup left his girl feeling hangry. But when his dumpling source delivered dinner by horse, the lady no longer was cranky.

Chocolate Bilby Trumps Easter Bunnies In Australia
Posted on March 11, 2019

Bunnies are rodentia-non-grata in Australia so with Easter on the way, confectioners down under are offering sweet-toothed Aussies cute chocolate Easter Bilbies instead.

Uneasy Rider Chased By Wolf On Alberta Highway
Posted on March 10, 2019

Motorcyclist Tim Bartlett doesn't like being tailgated, especially when the tailgater HAS a tail... and a mouthful of wickedly sharp teeth!

Cat Banana Bed Is A Great Place To Go To Slip
Posted on March 8, 2019

Cat beds don't get more a-peeling than the Banana Bed, a bright yellow 'slipping' bag with a built-in flap of 'skin' that guarantees purr-rivacy.

Claws Walk: 10 More Weird Animal Road Crossing Signs
Posted on March 6, 2019

Either too many animals want to cross roads, or we're building too many darned roads. At least someone's making an effort to ensure our furred, feathered, and even scaled friends don't end up as roadkill.

Kind Russian Policeman Helps Dog Cross Road Safely
Posted on March 5, 2019

A Russian policeman who spied a dog eager to cross a busy thoroughfare made sure traffic stopped to let the pedestrian pooch pass unimpeded.

Give Your Dog A Bone Trim
Posted on March 4, 2019

Why settle for a boring pet trim when the Igogo Pet Salon will nick-nack, paddy-wack, give your dog a bone trim!

Signs Of The Beasts: The Top 10 Weird Animal Road Crossing Signs
Posted on March 2, 2019

So-called 'zebra crossings' aren't just for zebras (actually they're not for zebras at all) but it's good to know that all creatures great and small deserve – and often get – their very own dedicated crossing signs.

Starbucks Cat & Dog-Themed Coffee Cups For Thirsty Pet Owners
Posted on February 28, 2019

These reusable personalized Starbucks coffee cups allow pet owners to raise a toast to their furry friends while making the world a cleaner, greener, more pet-friendly place.

Pet-Friendly Hair Dryer Fluffs Fur With Negative Ions & Ozone
Posted on February 27, 2019

The Pétion stationary pet fur dryer not only runs cooler than human-use hair blowers, it also bathes your dog, cat, bunny or ferret in antiseptic negative ions and invigorating ozone.