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 September 3, 2013

When Chinese leader Xi Jinping announced a wide-ranging crackdown on official corruption last year, one of his first moves was to ban the serving of Shark Fin Soup at official banquets.

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Posted on August 31, 2013

The International Wolf Center in Ely, MN has earned its second Pinnacle Award for WolfLink™, a unique and effective way of connecting people with wolves using technology.

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Posted on August 21, 2013

In 1998 the World Cat Federation officially recognized the Brazilian Shorthair as the first and so far only Brazilian Recognized Purebred Cat.

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Posted on August 19, 2013

An innovative new dog waste disposal bin by Hungarian designer Kőrös Benedek makes dumping dog poop fun for dog owners while frustrating others whose non-pet, inorganic trash belongs elsewhere.

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Posted on August 17, 2013

Bai Bai, a strikingly distinctive fluffy white cat, is just over a year old and was rescued along with his sister from a busy downtown Shanghai garden.

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Posted on August 13, 2013

Fido Solutions is a Canadian cellular telephone service provider known for featuring adorable dogs and cute puppies in their advertisements.

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Posted on August 12, 2013

Qizai, a rare Qinling panda, displays a striking brown & tan coat that really stands out next to his more formally “dressed” chums at the Shaanxi Wild Animal Research Centre.

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Posted on August 5, 2013

Got an indoor cat who wants to be outdoors, and vice versa? This custom, on-off, wall-hugging wired run offers the best of both worlds to cats while providing peace of mind for their owners.

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Posted on July 28, 2013

Fido's snarfed down his snausages so let's snap on some sausages!

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Posted on July 25, 2013

The primary function of fishing lures is to be attractive to fish but more than a few of them are obviously designed to appeal to fishermen.

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Posted on July 19, 2013

Is another summer heatwave driving you squirrely? Introducing The Squirrel Fan, a desktop fan that looks like a big ol' bushy-tailed squirrel!

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Posted on July 17, 2013

Are mosquitoes putting a damper on your backyard barbecue? Tired of slapping yourself silly every time you hit the deck?

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Posted on July 15, 2013

A Japanese marine park is offering visitors a rare chance to literally “shake hands” with their resident Asian Small-clawed Otters through specially designed portholes in the exhibit's glass walls.

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Posted on July 14, 2013

These magnet-backed miniature mounted big game trophy heads from Japan's Takara Tomy A.R.T.S may not be politically correct but they do add a certain rustic appeal to one's refrigerator door... if one happens to be Ted Nugent.

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Posted on July 11, 2013

Japan's latest internet animal superstar, a pleasantly plump hamster, may be cute but he's also cool.

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Posted on July 10, 2013

Italian stallions? Hardly! Indulgent owners who overfeed their pets leftovers, snacks and table scraps are putting therm on the “Rocky” road to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

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Posted on July 8, 2013

This set of five matryoshka nesting dolls features colorful cats rendered in a charming folk-art style. Handmade from wood in Russia by Russians, the set will add a little kitsch to any kitten-lover's kitchen.

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Posted on July 5, 2013

Dogs and cats, traveling together! Mass hysteria! OK, maybe “hysterical” is a better word to describe this high-riding kitten and his noble canine steed.

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Posted on July 3, 2013

Gotta yen for a beautiful, colorful nudibranch replica of your very own?

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Posted on July 2, 2013

Wrap your mind around this if you can: Jumping Brains, the delightfully disturbing and virally-spreading neuro-urban merchandising phenomenon conceived by Spanish visual artist Emilio Garcia can now creep you out in a dozen pearlized rainbow color

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Posted on July 1, 2013

Those who love Japan's plethora of animal-themed cafes can add a new creature eatery to their list: Owl Store (Fukurou-no-Mise) in Osaka.

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Posted on June 27, 2013

The Uncle Milton Nat Geo Wild Anteater Bug Vacuum sucks up backyard bugs just like actual wild anteaters but does 'em one better, by displaying the catch of the day in a removable clear plastic belly basket.

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Posted on June 24, 2013

Snapcat is the very first social photo sharing app for cats, featuring photos taken by cats.

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Posted on June 23, 2013

This cute cat thought he'd finally licked his OCD problem until his owners whipped out the tape measure. Sign that cat to a contract... working in the mail room!

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Posted on June 12, 2013

Is it lupus? Motorcyclist Tim Bartlett doesn't like being tailgated, especially when the tailgater HAS a tail... and a mouthful of wickedly sharp teeth!