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 May 31, 2013

Goodbye Cat in the Hat, hello puss in my pocket! Hiroko Kubota's cute custom embroidered Cat Shirts combine classic Internet meme Ceiling Cat with the horrifying chestburster from Alien... in a good way, of course.

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Posted on May 29, 2013

Don't be a jerky, save the whales!

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Posted on May 25, 2013

Old and busted: A bird in the hand. New hotness: A sloth on your finger! The handmade Sloth Ring from Etsy member Curious Burrow features a tiny sloth that hugs your finger, smiling sweetly all the while.

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Posted on May 23, 2013

This oversized plush stuffed animal sports an enormous leatherette nose and looks just like the famous fisheye-lens photographed Fidos from the phenomenally popular THE DOG Artlist Collection.

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Posted on May 20, 2013

The Pet Stairs Slope from Japan's Iris Plaza was designed to help pets safely navigate the oft-difficult journey from floor to sofa and back. What's that you say?

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Posted on May 16, 2013

A half-billion year old fossil of a previously unknown lobster-like creature has been given the name Kooteninchela deppi in honor of actor Johnny Depp.

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Posted on May 15, 2013

A Japanese small bird festival decided to add a little “taste” to the visitor experience by creating and selling ice cream specially formulated to evoke the flavor of sparrows, parakeets and cockatiels.

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Posted on May 13, 2013

Inspired by Instagram, the popular online photo-sharing and social networking service, Nyanstagram allows users to digitally filter photos of their cats and share them with others on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking services.

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Posted on May 9, 2013

“There's a rat in mi kitchen, what am I gonna do?” If you're UB40, you make a record. If you're a Chinese high school's cafeteria worker, you simply shrug, slice and serve it up with rice.

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Posted on May 6, 2013

Cover your ears, the cicadas are coming! Hundreds of millions of Brood II Periodical Cicadas are about to emerge from their 17-year-long slumber along America's east coast.

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Posted on May 3, 2013

A pair of goldfish found swimming in a lemonade pitcher is no big deal, unless the fish were radioactive and their pitcher was discovered inside the restricted-access steam tunnel of the Perry Nuclear Generating Station near Cleveland, Ohio.

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Posted on May 1, 2013

“There goes the toughest, most independent cat in the neighborhood,” observed one dog-walking neighbor as he watched Pikachu regally stalk across his front yard.

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Posted on April 24, 2013

A devastating earthquake in China's mountainous Sichuan province not only shattered human lives, homes and area infrastructure, it left dozens of endangered Giant Pandas at the region's panda centers shaken in more ways than one.

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Posted on April 13, 2013

A zoo in Suzhou, China is adding a traditional herbal flu remedy called “Ban Lan Gen” to the drinking water of their parrots, peacocks and other birds to help them resist H7N9 avian flu.

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Posted on March 31, 2013

Everyday is Caturday in Houtong, Taiwan, as a 60-meter long, $600,000 covered cat bridge complete with cat stands and cat furniture has opened to serve the needs of cats and cat-loving tourists alike.

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Posted on March 24, 2013

Peeps have been delighting children and sweetening up Easter Baskets since 1953 but guess what: the marshmallowy treats aren't just for Easter anymore!

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Posted on March 17, 2013

These cuter than cute mustachioed kitten phone jack plug accessories take the wildly popular series of Nyanko Type Earphone Jack Covers to the next level.

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Posted on March 14, 2013

His Holiness Benedict XVI Pope Emeritus, formerly Pope Benedict XVI, was known for his love of cats though due to tradition he was not allowed to keep one at his apartment in Vatican City's Apostolic Palace.

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Posted on March 9, 2013

Cat got your tongue? Try Neko Font, the font made of cats, for cats and by cats... well, OK, by people who LIKE cats. Though created in Japan, Neko Font supports roman alphabets and the site home page's test feature is the cat's meow.

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Posted on March 3, 2013

Invasive Brown Tree Snakes have been decimating Guam's native birds for decades but their reign of terror could soon be coming to an end.

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Posted on February 13, 2013

Cats with heart-shaped markings on their coats aren't all that hard to find, and Mister Chi from Japan doesn't stand out as such from a first casual glance.

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Posted on February 6, 2013

As email is to snail mail, snail mail is to carrier pigeons... or so you thought!

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Posted on February 1, 2013

The Necono Digital Cat Camera from Japan's Superheadz, designed by Swedish ceramic artist Lisa Larson, combines the cute factor of a striped, black or white kitten with the demands of the everyday cat-lovin' casual photographer.

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Posted on January 21, 2013

Nobody pampers their pets like the Japanese do, and there's no spa treatment more pampering than an “Animal Ayurveda” full-body aloe & herb mud pack.

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Posted on January 17, 2013

Since May of 2007, Google Street View has been panoramically mapping the world's highways and byways while coincidentally snapping who (or what) ever happens to be around at the time, including the odd animal or two... or even ten!