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.)

Russian PSA Poster Shows Social Distancing Is A Bear Necessity
Posted on April 25, 2020

Authorities in Siberia will go to almost any length – one medium bear's length, actually – to ensure comrades and strangers alike keep their social distance.

Un-Trained Goose Goes Off The Rails, Lays Egg In Station Planter
Posted on April 24, 2020

A gravid goose on the loose turned the UK's coronavirus lockdown into an on-nest 'flockdown' by laying an egg in a flower planter at a normally crowded train station.

Zorro Sorrow: Rare Short-Eared Dogs Imperiled by Amazon Deforestation
Posted on April 23, 2020

A new study on the elusive Short-eared Zorro dogs native to parts of South America's vast Amazon rainforest region indicates these rare canines are increasingly at risk.

New Slithering Snake Named For Hogwarts' Salazar Slytherin
Posted on April 22, 2020

No fangs to Harry Potter, a newly discovered species of venomous vipers has been named after Salazar Slytherin, a founding member of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Pet Panda Café Featuring Dyed Dogs Accused Of Bamboozling Customers
Posted on April 21, 2020

A pet cafe in Chengdu, China could be blackballed by pet-lovers after a video showcasing six chow-chow dogs dyed to look like pandas went viral.

Venomous Snake Bites Irish Man, St. Patrick Takes No Responsibility
Posted on April 19, 2020

A pint of Guinness and a shot of antivenom go out to a 22-year-old Dublin man doomed to carry the scars of the 'first recorded venomous snakebite in Ireland'.

Ferocious-Looking Dracula Parrots Count Legions Of Fans
Posted on April 17, 2020

Don't let their goth garb fool ya: strikingly beautiful Pesquet's Parrots – also known as 'Dracula Parrots' – prefer forest fruits over vital fluids.

Skunk Seeks Savings While Walmart Holds Its Nose
Posted on April 16, 2020

An Arkansas Walmart had better roll back the dollar signs before a certain stripe-backed intruder turns their price stickers into price stinkers.

Cat Shelter Needs Knitters To Knock Out Cozy Kitty Comforters
Posted on April 15, 2020

A London cat adoption center has put out a blanket call for er, blankets – hand-knitted, kitten-sized blankets to be exact.

All In: 10 Dog & Cat Playing Card Decks For Self-Isolating Pet Owners
Posted on April 14, 2020

These creative pet-centric dog & cat themed decks of playing cards are ideal for stuck-at-home pet owners and their families looking to old-school up their indoor time.

Cute Cat Door Opener Hooks Onto Handles So You Don't Have To
Posted on April 13, 2020

This cat-shaped door handle opener's handy hooked tail hooks onto all those grotty door handles you'd rather not handle.

Amazon Calm: The Top 10 Amazon Box Cats
Posted on April 8, 2020

Cats love boxes and with everyone upping their online purchasing due to COVID-19, cats are finding themselves in – literally – an Amazon cardboard box bonanza!

Super Chameleon Octopus Figurines Are Eight-Armed & Fabulous
Posted on April 4, 2020

If an octopus hiding in plain sight is your worst nightmare then be afraid, VERY afraid, 'cuz these 'bakedako' gachapon figurines have got what it takes to tentacle your fancy.

Puppy Pick-Me-Up: The Top 10 Dog Poop & Scoop Signs
Posted on April 2, 2020

Signs are you're not scooping where your dog's been pooping so this de-scent selection of poop & scoop signs will remind you to promptly pick up what your pup leaves behind.

Amur Leopard Cub Caught On Camera Escaping From Russian Wildfire
Posted on April 1, 2020

Some like it hot - then there's this rare Amur Leopard cub who ran past a camera trap while successfully outrunning a wildfire.

'Passover Approved' Cat Food Is What Katz Crave
Posted on March 31, 2020

You won't want to pass over this curiously labeled pallet of Friskies cat food cans if your home's holiday playbook advocates strict adherence to the religious rules.

Study Proves Pigs Who Eat More Copper Gain Weight Faster
Posted on March 30, 2020

A study from the University of Illinois illustrates how adding more copper to pigs' feed results in heavier porkers while helping farmers save plenty of pennies.

Plush Lucky Dogs Invite Waves Of Prosperity
Posted on March 29, 2020

These cute 'Maneki' plush dogs bring some much-needed puppy love to the traditionally cat-dominated field of retail store animal good luck charms.

Penguin Mop Covers Put A Chill Into Floor Cleaning, Nose Blowing
Posted on March 28, 2020

This cute penguin mop cover and/or tissue paper box cover is certain to add a dash of good cheer whether you live in Antarctica, Madagascar or anywhere in between.

Hand Sanitizer Says It's Safe For People, Kids & Pets... Wait, What?
Posted on March 27, 2020

Pet owners searching for pet-friendly hand sanitizer should hit the 'paws' button until they read the fine print.

Swiss Chocolate Easter Bunnies Sport Sugary Surgical Masks
Posted on March 27, 2020

Mask hysteria marches onward as chocolate Easter bunnies from a renowned Swiss bakery display their love for life by wearing sweet white surgical masks.

Don't Say Uncle: The Top 10 Amazing Anteaters
Posted on March 26, 2020

Anteaters include some of the most specialized mammals on Earth though their preferred prey typically reside UNDER the ground.

Retro TV Cat Scratching Post Keeps Sharp-Clawed Kitties Dialed In
Posted on March 25, 2020

Channel your inner feline TV critic with the awesome Nail Toe TV, a colorful cat scratching post in the form of a colorful retro television set.

Sphere Cat Bed Is A Kitty Cocoon That Looks Like A Moon
Posted on March 24, 2020

The Sphere cat bed may not destroy any planets but that won't stop even the most rebellious pet from conjuring up epic dreamscapes within its cozy confines.

String Along: The Top 10 Cats On Leashes
Posted on March 23, 2020

Leashing cats is a lot easier than herding cats, as this selection of well-behaved – well, mostly – felines at the end of their ropes plainly illustrates.