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 October 13, 2014

Tired of cleaning up a gritty mess of kicked-out kitty litter every time Miss Frisky answers nature's meow? Hey, who isn't?

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Posted on October 12, 2014

What's been spreading virally lately? Besides Ebola, it's an odd-looking velvet worm dubbed Eoperipatus Totoro.

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Posted on September 26, 2014

He made his bed and she's gonna lay in it... or so it would seem. One of a pair of captive lizards appears to be accommodating its slightly smaller cage companion by hanging from the enclosure's ceiling grid by its claws.

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Posted on September 3, 2014

Who wouldn't “Laika” a gently used dog spacesuit from the 1960 Sputnik-5 mission? This original and rare relic of the Space Race could be yours for just a few thousand Euros... provided you outbid other bidders at the upcoming auction.

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Posted on August 30, 2014

What, your meticulously coiffed toy poodle, cockapoo, labradoodle or whatnot isn't cute enough all on its own? Hit the switch to sweetness overload by clothing your precious pet in a colorful striped onesie from Paul Frank.

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Posted on August 27, 2014

So your dog fetches sticks, frisbees and tennis balls... sure, it's fun but what do YOU get out of it?

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Posted on August 13, 2014

Life in modern society ain't always easy for humans, so let's cut our animal friends some slack – literally – when they get themselves into sticky situations trying to navigate our unnatural urban infrastructure.

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Posted on August 11, 2014

Combine a custom cat collar with a naturally roaming pet and what do you get? In the case of one particularly peripatetic Siamese, a network map of the neighbor's WiFi networks.

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Posted on August 6, 2014

A dog-owner in Shenzhen, China, has trained his pet to ride a scooter alongside while he performs his morning jog on busy city streets.

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Posted on August 4, 2014

The Cat Stroll UV Parasol not only provides cooling shade in summer, it blocks 100% of dangerous UV rays. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

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Posted on July 18, 2014

A pet matchmaking service set up by a Chinese college student is so confident in their romantic remediation, they also offer to arrange wedding packages so lovestruck dogs & cats can put a ring on it.

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Posted on July 11, 2014

Maxi, the striped tabby cat from two doors over, was the feline version of a steel fist in a velvet glove.

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Posted on July 10, 2014

“Purrmanently Sad Cat”, or PSC for short, could just be the latest internet kitteh sensation.

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Posted on July 8, 2014

Caimans are commonly associated with Cajuns, not Canadians, but recently one of these toothy crocodilians took the latter road – one far less traveled by members of its species.

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Posted on July 4, 2014

A large loco locust landed on James Rodriguez, just as the Colombian footballer was about to score his team's only goal in a crushing semifinal loss to Brazil.

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Posted on June 18, 2014

The “Cooling Aluminium Kitty-Cat Pot” is a simple pet-chilling device that has no moving parts... except your cat. The manufacturer may have hit the jackpot with this cool cat pot as the heat-absorbing dish is a sold-out smash hit!

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Posted on June 9, 2014

An old and obviously overfed Clouded Leopard languishing alone at the Chengdu Zoo in southwestern China is direly in need of a diet, a workout and a purr-sonal trainer.

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Posted on June 4, 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is just about ready to rumble but sports predicting critters Fred the Ferret and Paul the Octopus have both retired from prognosticating. Whatever will soccer fans do?

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Posted on June 3, 2014

Florentijn Hofman is at it again and his latest masterpiece is the cat's meow.

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Posted on May 30, 2014

Bath time isn't exactly fun time for many pets or kids... until now, that is! Kid’s Animal Bath Towels give bath-shy kids something to look forward to once they're clean and about to be dry.

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Posted on May 22, 2014

Popular indeed – with two best-selling photo books and another on the way, hamster butts (“hamketsu” in Japanese) are sweeping Japan like, er, like only a hamster butt can.

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Posted on May 21, 2014

Midori Nakayama is making a name for herself as a master of wool felt artwork memorializing dearly departed pets.

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Posted on May 19, 2014

The people who brought us the Baby's Umbilical Cord Stump Saver are at it again, and this time they've come for your kittens... specifically, their dropped milk teeth and kitty whiskers.

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Posted on May 17, 2014

The “Heartbeat 50m” human vs dog race held in the Chinese city of Changsha featured various people – many dressed in costumes – being chased by specially trained dogs. That's ruff!

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Posted on May 14, 2014

A lost beaver with a chip on its shoulder virtually shut down the town of Miramichi, New Brunswick, angrily attacking anyone who tried to take its picture. Maybe we should re-name it “Justin Beaver”.