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.)

Bali Zoo Names Newborn Giraffe 'Corona'
Posted on June 23, 2020

The Bali Safari Park zoo has named it's newborn giraffe 'Corona', presumably because giraffes have long necks and COVID-19 is a respiratory virus.

Teabag Your Cat With The 'Cuppa Tea' Catnip Teabag Toy
Posted on June 18, 2020

We ain't kitten, your posh purring puss really doesn't have to be a British Shorthair to enjoy the Cuppa Tea teabag cat toy.

Scratchy Puppy Nail Files Love To Be Rubbed
Posted on June 15, 2020

These cute dog-shaped 'Pawfect Nails' nail files are gritty and sandy all over, allowing users to rub their sharp nails until they're smooth as a puppy's behind.

Second Mass Monkey Escape Has Local Residents Going Bananas
Posted on June 12, 2020

Who are the smartest monkeys now? For the second time in under a year, dozens of macaque monkeys have busted out of a Japanese zoo.

Hong Kong Mourns The Loss Of Celebrity Cat 'Brother Cream'
Posted on May 30, 2020

Brother Cream, Hong Kong's famous celebrity and charity cat, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge at a time his hometown needs him the most.

Fearless Frog Stands Its Ground Against Pushy Leopard
Posted on May 29, 2020

An overly curious leopard's sharp claws and powerful paws were no match for a frog determined to toad da line, warts and all.

Cryptic Calico Cat 'Pishi' Sets Her Own Boundaries
Posted on May 28, 2020

Pishi, our neighborhood calico cat, just loves to be outside but her penchant for the great outdoors doesn't extend to the neighboring species she finds there.

Fighting Cats' Fierce Photobomb Fails To Faze Filipina Reporter
Posted on May 27, 2020

An impromptu on-camera catfight in the background left a veteran Filipina reporter wondering whether working from home was really the best idea.

Horse & Rider Deliver Grub By The Gallop
Posted on May 26, 2020

Hungry as a horse? This GrabFood meal delivery 'driver' and his noble steed are never too hot to trot when it comes to bringing take-out Pad Thai direct to your door.

World's Coolest Bald Eagle Hitches Ride On Enormous Iceberg
Posted on May 25, 2020

A very chill bald eagle was caught cooling its heels aboard a titanic iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland.

Pretty Pastel Moths Cheer Up Homeowner's Yard, Wider World
Posted on May 24, 2020

Working from home offers endless opportunities to reconnect with Mother Nature but this moth er, this month, Mother Nature's taking the lead.

Earless Cat Ready To Face The Music
Posted on May 22, 2020

A rescued tortoiseshell cat named Missy may have no ears but no one can deny she's a sight for sore eyes.

Rare Albino Raccoon Unmasked In Toronto
Posted on May 21, 2020

A rare albino raccoon recorded roaming through a suburban Toronto backyard has been given a name (Theodore) and a number: one in a million.

Peak Peacock Reached As Feathery Fowl Flock To Freeway
Posted on May 19, 2020

In what might be the world's most beautiful traffic jam, dozens of peacocks and peahens strutted their stuff on a road in rural India.

Fox Cub With Head Caught In Clay Pot Required E-Vase-Ive Action
Posted on May 18, 2020

A big-eared fox cub is back on the run after good samaritans from the RSPCA gently removed its head from a heavy ceramic vase.

Saber-Toothed Anchovies Will Haunt Your Nightmares, Pizzas
Posted on May 17, 2020

No anchovies, please... especially not THESE 'saber-toothed' anchovies that made both the oceans and pizza very scary places, many millions of years ago.

Rural Georgia Invaded By 4-Foot Long Lizards
Posted on May 14, 2020

Things aren't too peachy down in Georgia, where Tegu lizards native to Argentina are leading a saurian invasion on a positively Shermanic scale.

Canned Feline Freed By Sin City Fuzz
Posted on May 13, 2020

No soup can for you, hungry street cat, at least not anymore thanks to the caring 'cycle constables of the Las Vegas Municipal Police.

Snake Slithers Into ATM Kiosk, Leaves Customers Rattled
Posted on May 12, 2020

A large snake apparently attempting to withdraw cash from an ATM in India ended up depositing itself inside instead.

Giant Hornet Wine Takes The Sting Out Of Insect Invaders
Posted on May 8, 2020

Reports of invasive Giant Hornets on the west coast have driven some to drink, so why not quench those fears with a little hornet hair of the dog?

McDonald's Thailand Says 'Yes Siam' To Hungry Hello Kitty Fans
Posted on May 7, 2020

McDonald's Thailand doesn't offer the Arch Deluxe anymore but the fast food giant does occasionally deluxe-up their golden arches... with red Hello Kitty hair bows.

Spaced Out: The Top 10 Social Distancing Pets & Animals
Posted on May 6, 2020

Our animal friends have got social distancing down to a fine art whether you measure that virus-proof buffer in feet, meters or even bears.

Furloughed Giraffe Gallops Off To Its Necks Job
Posted on May 5, 2020

Times are tough for furloughed store mascots but when the going got tough, one laid-off giraffe got on their horse and trotted over to Walmart.

Clever Cat Mom Brings Sick Kitten To Human Hospital
Posted on May 4, 2020

A mother cat in Istanbul, Turkey knew just what to do when her kitten got sick: take it to the hospital's emergency department, of course!

Leopard Locked In Hospital Bathroom Has Really Gotta Go
Posted on April 30, 2020

A wild leopard in western India wandered into a hospital and made it all the way to the bathroom, sight unseen.