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.)

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Posted on January 24, 2012

If you love photos and videos of cats (and face it, who doesn't?), then claw your way over to Nekocat!

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Posted on January 22, 2012

Love cats but your landlord doesn't? Stressed-out Tokyo cat fanciers now have the purr-fect alternative.

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Posted on June 3, 2011

Amphibian gourmets in Shanghai, China are hopping mad after local health authorities discovered cholera bacteria during routine inspection and testing of bullfrogs sourced by city restaurants and fresh food markets.

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Posted on April 28, 2011

Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets from Tokyo's Strapya World are low-maintenance "pets" you don't need to feed - just give 'em a cool space inside your cooler. 

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Posted on April 21, 2011

China may not get the best press when it comes to animals – endangered or otherwise – but a dramatic highway showdown organized through social media will surely help change an unpleasant stereotype.

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Posted on February 25, 2011

Scientists from China studying fossils of Diania Cactiformis, nicknamed the 'walking cactus', say the odd worm-like animal is enlightening them on how arthropods (insects, spiders and crustaceans) evolved their jointed legs.

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Posted on February 17, 2011

A twist on the simple piggy bank, the Digi-Piggy by Cisco keeps track of every penny a child saves for a rainy day, all in a cute and clever package.

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Posted on December 31, 2010

Got change you can believe in? Save it... in the Sutakora Coin Bank. This cute musical coin bank from Japan plays cat & mouse with your loose change while serenading savers with an adorable tune!

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Posted on October 24, 2010

Japanese Halloween costumes range from silly to strange to bizarre. This one, however, is so out there it's off the scale. At least it comes with an inflatable panda bear.

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Posted on September 4, 2010

These cute elephant tape dispenser designs from Japan are too good-looking to leave in your trunk, and their compact size is anything but jumbo.

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Posted on August 15, 2010

The Ice Aquarium in northeastern Japan's Miyagi Prefecture offers parka-clad visitors an eye to ice view of over 450 sea creatures, suspended for easy viewing within frozen blocks of polished ice.

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Posted on May 27, 2010

These colorful silicone animal rubberbands stretch like regular loop rubberbands, then snap back to their cute original shapes.

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Posted on March 25, 2010

A Japanese pet store has introduced a "try 'em, buy 'em" business model that relies on the four-legged inventory to basically sell itself.

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Posted on March 17, 2010

Raindrops keep falling on my pet... no more! The rather blandly named Pet Umbrella is just what you and your raincoat-hating dog have always wanted.

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Posted on January 29, 2010

At Japan Snake Center, snakes put bite on you! Actually it's the other way around, just visit their cafeteria.

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Posted on December 2, 2009

Kangaroos? In my Japan? It's more likely than you think and now it's inspired a drink! A flurry of 'roo views has inspired one local brewer to hop to it & jump start their sales.

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Posted on October 21, 2009

Inspired by Neko Funjyatta, or "I Stepped On A Cat", as the piano favorite Flea Waltz is called in Japan, this delightfully disgusting roadkill cat toy promises loads of faux feline-fatale fun for the whole family - if you're the Addams Family.

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Posted on September 23, 2009

Stray cats struttin' all over your garden, messing up your garage? Banish the beasties with this homegrown anti-cat solution developed by a Japanese housewife tired of saying Hello Kitty.

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Posted on September 7, 2009

Japanese designer Tomoko Azumi has found a use for previously non-recyclable ceramic roof tiles: each tile becomes the roof of a birdhouse.

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Posted on August 30, 2009

Did you hare? Japan's Bunny Petting Cafe is the best thing in ears, and that's fur certain!

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Posted on July 5, 2009

Japan's booming pet population is aging along with its owners, increasing the need for a steady source of dog blood.

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Posted on June 2, 2009

The Superheadz Holga K202 Cat Camera would rank high among the many ridiculous gadgets featured at this site if it weren't for one saving grace - it actually seems to work! Now if only it would work quietly, without all the silly cat noises...

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Posted on April 19, 2009

The Singing Dog Alarm Clock from Seiko provides pet-lovers with the paws that refreshes... along with a nutty, mutty Melody Alarm that'll have you reaching for a Little Brown Jug.

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Posted on February 26, 2009

Gloomy Bear meets Hello Kitty... or is that Gloomy Bear EATS Hello Kitty? If this violent and disturbing character combo is any indication, the backlash against Japan's culture of cuteness may have begun.

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Posted on February 26, 2009

Naked mole rats dig deep into Japanese hearts... in a GOOD way. What were you thinking?