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 Fox And Hound Are Real-Life BFFs
Posted on January 5, 2018

Foxes and dogs don't usually get along so the warm friendship between a rescued Red Fox and a pet terrier is as surprising as it is heartwarming.

Sheep With Head Stuck In Traffic Cone Rescued By RSPCA
Posted on January 4, 2018

A sheep from Hertfordshire, England felt a tad sheepish (and relieved, no doubt) when the RSPCA successfully removed an orange traffic cone that had become stuck on her head.

Cat Street Beggar Plucks Heartstrings, Wallets
Posted on January 3, 2018

A savvy street cat from Belarus seems to be raking in the rubles by begging passing pedestrians for loose change and spare banknotes.

Escaped Monkey's Blushing Butt Stops Traffic, Literally
Posted on January 2, 2018

A driver in China who was rear-ended in the middle of traffic stated she slammed on the brakes after seeing a red light... which turned out to be the blushing butt of an escaped circus monkey perched on a light pole.

The Top 10 Topical Pet Coats, Shirts & Sweaters for 2017
Posted on December 20, 2017

2017 has been one heck of a year and these 10 topical dog and cat coats, shirts and sweaters reflect the buzzwords that made this year one for the history books.

The Top 7 Pets & Animals Of Kwanzaa
Posted on December 19, 2017

Kwanzaa is a holiday celebration of African heritage and culture that lasts for 7 days and embodies 7 core principles illustrated here by 7 Kwanzaa-tastic critters.

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos
Posted on December 18, 2017

The classic Christmas photo shoot featuring klutzy kids climbing onto Santa's knee doesn't always go well. Add pets into the mix and you're just asking for trouble – gift-wrapped with a big bow.

Polar Bear Mini Natural Humidifier Is Great Fur Dry Winters
Posted on December 17, 2017

Moist air is a 'bear' necessity during dry winters and the polar bear mini natural humidifier adds soothing vapor via natural evaporation.

Top Cats: The Top 10 Cat & Kitten Christmas Tree Toppers
Posted on December 16, 2017

So your cat's climbed to the top of the Christmas tree again? Ward your angelic feline off with a cool cat or cute kitten Christmas tree topper and banish the mischievous mouser to a branch office.

The 5 Top Pet Food Market Trends For 2018
Posted on December 15, 2017

2018 is shaping up to be a crucial year for the pet food industry as changing attitudes and purchasing practices by pet-owners conspire to affect the $26 billion pet food market in unforeseen ways.

The Top 10 Pet-Owning States In The USA
Posted on December 14, 2017

Americans love their pets and though the affection we feel for our cats and dogs is beyond compare, the percentage of households that own a pet varies from one state to another. How does your state rate?

The Top 10 Bitcoin Pet Memes Of 2017
Posted on December 13, 2017

Bitcoin is 2017's hottest trend and the number of pet-related bitcoin memes is rising faster than the elusive cryptocurrency on a good day – which is most days.

Christmas Jumper-Wearing Record Broken By Hundreds Of Dogs
Posted on December 12, 2017

More than 300 dogs wearing festive Christmas jumpers got together at London's Battersea Park, breaking the record for such events while raising funds for one of the UK's largest children's charities.

Playful Pooch Invades Soccer Pitch, Pals Up With Goalie
Posted on December 11, 2017

A dog eager to run around the field and chase a ball with the other soccer players found an unexpected friend in one of the teams' goalies.

British First Cat Larry Struts His Stuff Outside 10 Downing Street
Posted on December 8, 2017

Larry, a cat who happens to be the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, was caught taking a break from his usual duties while Turkey's Prime Minister paid a visit to 10 Downing Street.

Plush Deep-Sea Octopus Charm Is Always On Call
Posted on December 7, 2017

The Deep Sea Fish Series Octopods Cell Phone Strap from Strapya World Hamee of Japan Sports 8 short tentacles and a pair of cat-like ears.

Fearless Child Plays With Wild Monkeys, Never Gets Bitten
Posted on November 30, 2017

Like most kids, an 18-month-old boy from southern India gets up to all sorts of monkeyshines. The difference is, his mischief-making involves a troop of actual monkeys.

Lobster Sports Pepsi Can Tattoo On Its Claw
Posted on November 30, 2017

A lobster caught off the east coast of Canada displays part of a Pepsi logo imprinted on its left claw.

World's Deepest Fish Officially Named & Described
Posted on November 29, 2017

The Mariana Snailfish (Pseudoliparis swirei) dwells over five miles below sea level in a world of crushing pressure and impenetrable darkness.

Polish Politician Caught Reading Cat Book In Parliament
Posted on November 28, 2017

Conservative politician and former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski was spied reading an illustrated book about cats during an official session of parliament.

Lost Baby Elephant Rescued From Croc-Infested River
Posted on November 28, 2017

A lost ten-day-old baby elephant is recovering after staff from a number of safari, travel and conservation organizations pitched in to rescue her from a river known to harbor Nile crocodiles.

Tourist Visiting Canada To See Polar Bears Gets His Wish... On The Bear's Terms
Posted on November 27, 2017

A tourist who visited Canada to see polar bears found himself on the other end of the microscope when an overly curious bruin mistook his SUV for a metal & glass lunch box.

Cute But Creepy 'Count Catula' Kitty Finds A Forever Home
Posted on November 27, 2017

A black cat with a a deformed, bat-like ear and a twisted fang has been adopted, scoring a badly-needed win for underdog cats and proving once again you can't judge a book – or a cat – by its cover.

Hands-Free Holiday Shopping Begins With A Reverse Poodle Papoose
Posted on November 26, 2017

Thanks to some redneck ingenuity, bringing your dog to Walmart doesn't have to be a chore for yourself, your pet, or the store's beleaguered aisle clean-up crew.

Good Samaritan Stray Dog Foils Brazen Street Robbery
Posted on November 25, 2017

A stray dog who REALLY deserves a forever home was filmed foiling an attempted robbery in Podgorica, Montenegro.