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.)

'Super Monster Wolf' Scarecrow Guards Crops, Will Haunt Your Dreams
Posted on March 7, 2018

A solar-powered robotic scarecrow called “Super Monster Wolf” has been deployed in Japanese farmers' fields, warding off agricultural pests with its red flashing eyes and a range of scary sounds.

Flash-Frozen Kingfisher Victim Of Europe's 'Beast From The East'
Posted on March 6, 2018

A beautiful blue Kingfisher appears frozen in time as a winter cold front dubbed the “Beast From The East” turns canals and ponds into crystal-clear ice.

Quokka Massaging Pub Patron Could Face A Hefty Fine
Posted on March 5, 2018

A quokka walks into a bar... but it's no joke to the Australian government, who really don't care how much the critter is enjoying your facial massage.

Motorcycle Mutt Makes Great Umbrella Rack
Posted on February 28, 2018

No free hands to grip your umbrella, motorcycle-riding guy? No problem, just ask your back seat riding pet pooch to hold the brolly. Hey, nobody rides for free!

Koala Found Inside School Wants To Be Teacher's Pet
Posted on February 28, 2018

A furry koala in search of knowledge AND shelter spent the night on a technical school's sofa after sneaking in the previous evening.

Tiger Woods Scores A Birdie On Florida Golf Course
Posted on February 27, 2018

Tiger Woods' golf comeback isn't all it's quacked up to be thanks to a wandering duck who just found out what “FORE!” means.

Olympic Snowboarder Barely Avoids Meddling Squirrel
Posted on February 27, 2018

Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing had her eyes on the prize – an Olympic medal – until a “meddling” squirrel decided to hog the limelight.

Iced-Up Eagle Thaws Out In Game Warden's Truck
Posted on February 26, 2018

I thaw an eagle... and so did an Oklahoma game warden. Grounded by an ice storm, a chilled-out bald eagle needed to warm up inside the warden's truck before flying off into the wild blue yonder.

I Brake 4 Humans: The Top Ten Pet & Animal Drivers
Posted on February 26, 2018

Seems like animals are behind the wheel here, there and everywhere... and you thought it was just millennials texting.

Radley London Celebrates Year Of The (Scottie) Dog
Posted on February 25, 2018

London's historic Covent Garden has gone to the dogs... a glittering, golden, ten-foot-tall Scottie Dog to be exact.

Finnish Traffic Camera Owl Don't Give A Hoot
Posted on February 23, 2018

A curious owl who thought watching traffic was for the birds decided to take matters into its own hands, er, talons by blocking a camera monitoring Finland's Tampere Coastal Tunnel.

New Lobster Emoji Is Now Anatomically Correct
Posted on February 22, 2018

The recently approved lobster emoji is now new and IMPROVED, thanks to online decapod devotees who noticed something was amiss in the leg department.

Italian Stallion Prances With Wolves
Posted on February 21, 2018

An apparently fearless horse wasn't going to let a pack of wolves deter it from enjoying a frolic in the snowy mountains of central Italy.

Beachcombing Pup And Curious Seal Share A Kiss
Posted on February 19, 2018

A woman walking her dog on a British beach recorded a meeting 'sealed with a kiss' when a marine mammal came ashore and planted one right on her pup's kisser.

Dumpster-Diving Hong Kong 'Boar King' Is One Big Pig... Or Is It?
Posted on February 13, 2018

What appears to be an enormous wild boar was caught on camera chowing down on a dumpster in front of a Hong Kong kindergarten.

Mummified Hound Dog Stuck Inside Hollow Oak Tree For 60 Years
Posted on February 12, 2018

Meet 'Stuckie', a mummified hound dog stuck inside and preserved by a hollow oak tree since 1960.

Snarling Coyote Puts The Bite On Family's Car
Posted on February 8, 2018

Coyote ugly indeed: a wandering wily coyote later found to be rabid snarled at, stared down and chewed on a family's car, presumably a Plymouth Roadrunner.

Rescued Blue Jay Can Imitate Cat's Meow
Posted on February 6, 2018

A rescued Blue Jay named Flop isn't just the cat's meow, the bold bird can imitate the familiar feline mew after being raised in a house with pet cats.

Dude, Where's My Dog? “Roof Roof!”
Posted on February 5, 2018

Dogs get up to the craziest things including, in the case of one Texas homeowner, the roof.

Walmart Shopping Cat Loves Low Prices, High Places
Posted on February 4, 2018

Forget 'Always Low Prices', this cat snapped shopping with their owner at Walmart wants to save money and live better by taking a load off their paws.

Cats Who Can't Stand Catnip Crave Smack Silverine
Posted on February 2, 2018

If catnip leaves your cat cold, Smack Silverine – a finely-ground powder made from the Silver Vine plant – can bring out their inner kitten.

Furball Warming: Cool Cat Cuddles Up To Electric Heater
Posted on February 1, 2018

A rescued former stray cat from Japan is determined to never be cold again, so he spends winter's chilly days snuggled up to his owner's electric space heater.

Runaway Cow Hooks Up With Herd Of Bison
Posted on January 29, 2018

A domestic cow who escaped from a Polish farm last autumn survived the winter by horning in, so to speak, with a herd of wild European Bison.

Missing Cat Found Inside Homeowner's New Wooden Staircase
Posted on January 26, 2018

Norwegian wood wasn't so good for a house cat trapped inside a newly-finished staircase.

Penguins At Edinburgh Zoo Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day With A Bubble Machine
Posted on January 24, 2018

While President Trump was celebrating the first anniversary of his inauguration on January 20th, penguins at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland celebrated Penguin Awareness Day with their nifty new bubble machine. Where would you rather be?