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.)

Wannabe Crayfish Tasters Compete To Claw Back Big Bucks
Posted on July 5, 2018

A Chinese seafood company seeking 'professional crayfish tasters' is promising successful applicants up to $75,000 annually but passing their tests is anything but a snap.

Deer Suffer Close Shave Breaking In & Out Of Mississippi Barber Shop
Posted on July 4, 2018

Can we get a trim for a few bucks? A trio of deer crashed through the front window of a Brookhaven, Mississippi barber shop before busting back out again.

Duck Tales From Walmart, Part One
Posted on July 3, 2018

A woman caught walking her pet duck at an Ohio Walmart at least had the decency to re-leash the quacker.

Frozen Russian Rescue Kitten Finds Warm Forever Home
Posted on July 2, 2018

A man who took the time to check a 'little ball of wool' frozen to a snowy sidewalk has been repaid with the lifelong love of a beautiful (though now tail-less) cat.

Scotland's Heaviest Hedgehog Put On Crash Diet
Posted on June 30, 2018

A hedgehog rescued before last winter because he seemed 'too light' to survive fattened up so much that he can't return to the wild, even if he wanted to.

Airbus's New Beluga XL Jet Transport Smiles For The Cameras
Posted on June 29, 2018

The first of five Beluga XL transport aircraft rolled out of Airbus's paint shop in Toulouse, France, sporting special cetacean smiley-face livery voted for by 20,000 company employees.

Fairfax County Firefighters Rescue Alarmed Hummingbird
Posted on June 28, 2018

A distressed humming bird who flew into a Fairfax County fire station learned why our first responders are held in such high regard.

Cowboy's Horse Rides Shotgun In A Motorcycle Sidecar
Posted on June 27, 2018

That's one way to add a little horsepower - an Idaho rancher who has a horse and a motorcycle has combined the best of both worlds by rigging up a sidecar for his stallion companion.

Warning: Pool Noodles May Contain Rattlesnakes
Posted on June 26, 2018

A rare “Pool Noodle Alert” issued by the City of Buckeye (Arizona) Fire Department warns homeowners to check the colorful foam pool toys for rattlesnakes before they let their children swim with them.

Chinese Airline To Allow Pets In Passenger Cabins
Posted on June 26, 2018

Hainan Airlines will allow passengers to bring up to two pets with them on domestic flights from nine Chinese cities, though some costs and restrictions apply.

Rat Snake Stows Away On Rattling Walmart Shopping Cart
Posted on June 25, 2018

A Walmart shopper stuck with a rattling cart found that instead of a loose wheel, a stowaway snake was causing the problem.

'Culvert Cat' Caught On Camera Crossing Freeways Via Underground Tunnel
Posted on June 24, 2018

The so-called “Culvert Cat” is the only mountain lion recorded using a two-football-field-long underground tunnel to cross busy Southern California freeways.

Nothing's Fishy About This Cat Food Can Makeup Pouch
Posted on June 23, 2018

This cute cat food can makeup pouch features a faux pull tab on its lid but closes with a zipper so kitty won't come running.

Money-Hungry Rats Make ATM Crash By Eating All The Cash
Posted on June 22, 2018

Rats with expensive tastes invaded an ATM machine in northeastern India and chewed up over $17,000 worth of rupee banknotes.

Rescued Kitten Was Really A Wild Bobcat Kit
Posted on June 21, 2018

Turns out an abandoned kitten rescued from a busy parking lot by a good samaritan wasn't actually a kitten – it's a wild bobcat kit.

Tiny Rescued Seahorse Trapped In Fishing Line Returns To The Ocean
Posted on June 20, 2018

A tiny female seahorse named 'Frito' will once again ride the waves after rescuers removed fishing line from her neck and relocated the rehabbed fish back to her marine stomping grounds.

Memo To Safari-Goers: Please Don't Pet The Lions
Posted on June 19, 2018

A tourist who reached out the window of a jeep to stroke a passing male lion will live to pet again, though he'll likely need new underwear.

Soggy Sheep Seeks Shelter From Sudden Spring Storm
Posted on June 18, 2018

An opportunistic Swaledale sheep from Cumbria, UK kept its wool warm and dry by ducking into a worn wooden bus shelter during Storm Hector.

Dog Wears Stylish Onesie To Block Hay Fever Pollen
Posted on June 15, 2018

A Manchester mutt who suffers from severe hay fever can enjoy the great outdoors again now that his owner dresses him in a form-fitting, pollen-blocking, lycra onesie.

Forklift Cat House Puts Whiskers To Work
Posted on June 13, 2018

The Working Kitty Fork Lift cat house is constructed of corrugated cardboard and comes with a complementary case of cut-out fish.

Scottish Otter Catches & Eats Octopus, Won't Be Played For A Sucker
Posted on June 11, 2018

Otters oughtta eat octopi and indeed they do according to photographer John Moncrieff, who snapped one savvy cephalopod snacker in the Shetland islands.

Clever Kea Parrots Move Traffic Cones To Slow Speedy Drivers
Posted on June 8, 2018

Kea parrots in New Zealand have been caught on camera shifting traffic cones into active lanes in a clever ploy to coax food from passing vehicles.

Shark Bites Surfboard, Leaves Toothy Calling Card
Posted on June 7, 2018

A great white shark was left a chomper short when it chomped down on an Australian kiteboarder's surfboard.

Leopard Trapped In Well Gets Helping Hand From Local Villagers
Posted on June 5, 2018

A leopard who fell into a 20-ft-deep well near a tiger reserve in India escaped a watery fate thanks to villagers who constructed a ladder from scratch.

Cafe Arms Diners With Water Pistols To Deter Pesky Seagulls
Posted on May 31, 2018

Annoyed by aggressive seagulls ruining his customers' meals, the owner of an Australian seaside eatery has begun issuing loaded water pistols to each table.