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 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?

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Posted on February 17, 2009

Cold got you feeling down? Warm up with Nyantomo, because there's nothing like a warm kitty to get you feline fine!

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Posted on November 24, 2008

Lingerie for pets... no, it's not what you're thinking. Best Ever's "Love Pets Sexy Lingerie" are bra & panty chew toy sets available in your choice of black, pink or white.

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Posted on September 28, 2008

Tamagotchi, the digital pet that became a Nineties icon, is making a colorful comeback! Hoping to repeat the phenomenal success of its digital pet, Bandai has added an LCD color screen and upped the digital content to match.

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Posted on June 30, 2008

Photos of an extremely tolerant cat wearing a Hello Kitty costume that made the rounds a few months back may have given the impression that this was a novelty item.

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Posted on May 7, 2008

It's the ultimate Pet Rock. A Japanese company specializing in crafting memorials to passed-on pets can transform your faithful furry friend into a true jewel of denial - a glittering diamond ring or pendant.

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Posted on April 8, 2008

Meet Hatch-chan, an otherwise unremarkable black & white house cat except for his mad blogging skills.

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Posted on March 8, 2008

The wacky "Oshaburi Toy" from Japan gives Great Danes (and other dog breeds) goofy grins even Disney's dogs can't beat.