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.)

Cow Brand Beauty Soap Cud Make Complexions Creamier
Posted on April 16, 2018

Cow Brand Beauty Soap, one of Japan's oldest brands, chose a cow as its symbol because bovines can only go forward.

Swan Song For 'Beheaded' Bird Was A Beak Mistake
Posted on April 13, 2018

Better luck neck's time for a majestic white swan from Warrington, UK that was reported to have been cruelly beheaded beside a roadside pond.

Shark Attack Salt & Pepper Shaker Set Makes A Great Gift For A Chum
Posted on April 12, 2018

These Shark Attack Salt & Pepper Shakers add 'bite' to any meal but you're gonna need a bigger gravy boat.

Mummified Monkey At Mall Mystifies Minneapolitans
Posted on April 11, 2018

The mummified remains of a monkey found by workers renovating the old Dayton's Department Store in Minneapolis has historians scratching their heads.

Oversized Armadillo Reported Roaming Through Brazilian Town
Posted on April 10, 2018

Residents of Barra do Garcas, Brazil were alarmed when an unusually large and usually shy nine-banded armadillo was spotted prowling the city's streets.

Avocado-Loving Pet Polishes Off Avocados & Primes Their Pits
Posted on April 9, 2018

Holy guacamole! A dutiful farm dog from southern California not only loves to eat avocados, his unique way of 'polishing off' the pits seems to prime the seeds for germination.

Weird Barfing Mermaid Animal Figurines Emulate Singapore's Merlion
Posted on April 8, 2018

Have you hurled, er, heard about these weird 'barfing' mermaid animals inspired by Singapore's unofficial mascot, the Merlion?

Russian Cat Demands Food Without Meowing
Posted on April 6, 2018

A Russian Blue cat from, er, Russia signals their owner to refill an empty food dish with a heavy metal riff rather than a chorus of meows.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority Really Gets Their Goats
Posted on April 5, 2018

PTA workers using a borrowed crane rescued a pair of billy goats gruff trapped beneath a bridge in western Pennsylvania.

Dog's Head Handbag Is One Brainy Fashion Accessory
Posted on March 31, 2018

The Shiba Inu Pouch handbag is the perfect pocketbook for the puppy purse person on your pet-centric gift shopping list.

Lamb Learns What Rain Feels Like, Likes It A Lot
Posted on March 30, 2018

A two-week-old lamb from Scotland got to experience rain for the first time  and loved it. Maybe the wee sheep should be named Look Skywater.

Wily Coyote Spends Night At Museum, Leaves Smarter But Sleepier
Posted on March 29, 2018

An urban coyote with a taste for roadrunners AND knowledge spent the night at a New York museum recently, though the only thing it learned was that tranquilizers make you really, really sleepy.

Tree Frog Stowaway Boards Banana Boat Bound For Britain
Posted on March 28, 2018

Bananas are yellow, tree frogs are green but how many of the latter have grocery shoppers seen at a British supermarket's produce department?

Slipper Swallowing Snake Is A Sole Survivor
Posted on March 27, 2018

A trespassing carpet python hungry for a toes-ted treat wound up having a swallowed slipper surgically removed by a local veterinarian.

Wayward Walrus Waddles Ashore In Scotland
Posted on March 26, 2018

A walrus spied lounging on Peedie Beach in northernmost Scotland is believed to be the first such tusker to reach the UK mainland since 1954.

Theme Park's T-Rex Goes Up In Flames
Posted on March 25, 2018

An animatronic T-Rex at a Colorado theme park finally joined his flesh & blood kin on the ash heap of history after a (Jurassic) spark set off a roaring conflagration of fire and fury.

Cute Fruit Tart Cat Bed Ensures Sweet Dreams
Posted on March 22, 2018

This charmingly cute fruit tart cat bed features a plush 'pie crust' and includes five hand-sewn faux fruits for your cat-napper to cuddle up with.

Kansas Farmer Creates 'Cow Art' Visible From Space
Posted on March 21, 2018

A Kansas cattle farmer wanted to say 'Hi' to someone far, far away so he enlisted the help of his herd of cows and figured out when an orbiting Planet Labs satellite would be passing overhead.

Restored Whipsnade White Lion Is All White Again
Posted on March 20, 2018

The Whipsnade White Lion, a 480-ft long chalk silhouette carved out of the English soil in the early 1930s, has been restored to its original majesty.

Rubbernecking Duckie Photobombs Landscape Photographer
Posted on March 19, 2018

A camera-hogging duck who wants to be a 'beak' star deserving of top, er, billing decided on its own that photographer Simon Lewis's images aren't all they're quacked up to be.

Australian Snake & Lizard Saved From Sticky Situation
Posted on March 15, 2018

Two reptiles in New South Wales, Australia, were recently rescued from a carelessly discarded ball of tape that had inadvertently became a rolling glue trap.

'Two-Faced' Highland Cow Says That's No Bull
Posted on March 14, 2018

A Highland cow from Gairloch, Scotland appears to have a second face leering out from its shaggy midriff.

Alive & Olive: The Top 10 Unexpectedly Green Animals
Posted on March 13, 2018

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.

Great White Shark Snaps Up Landlubber's Lost Lunch
Posted on March 12, 2018

A great white shark crashed a New Zealand woman's birthday party when it leaped from the ocean deep to snatch one partygoer's misplaced mince pie.

Columbus Zoo Gives Big Cat A CAT-Scan
Posted on March 8, 2018

The Columbus Zoo has a big new CAT-scanner. They also have a big cat – a 14-year-old male lion named Tomo – who 'volunteered' to get the zoo's state of the art imaging device off to a roaring good start.