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 8, 2013

Custom logo LED pet collars from New York-based Compact Impact allow businesses to promote their wares and services via naturally roaming cats and dogs.

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Posted on January 2, 2013

Hold my calls and make it snappy? Your wish is Noody Boffin's command! The Australian design firm's life-sized Lobster Mobile Telephone Case takes outrageous iPhone case design to a much butter place.

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Posted on December 31, 2012

Giant Pandas aren't just cute, furry and endangered, they also have formidable immune systems to protect them against a wide range of harmful bacterial and fungal organisms.

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Posted on December 28, 2012

Ringing in the new year with a new pet is all well and good but your new pet had better not be behind the times.

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Posted on December 24, 2012

Get that monkey off your back and put a cat there instead! Not a real cat, of course, a microfiber wearable Cat Cape from the Felissimo-Kraso online shopping site in Japan.

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Posted on December 23, 2012

What tastes like chicken, looks like beef and smells a little fishy? Turtle Burgers, that's what.

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Posted on December 19, 2012

You may not be ready for Doomsday but these cats sure are! By the looks of some of them, they might even be responsible for the dreaded end of the Mayan calendar and really, why should they care? They've got nine lives and you don't.

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Posted on December 18, 2012

Coffee snobs who rave about ridiculously expensive “pre-digested” Kopi Luwak civet coffee now have something new to turn their noses up at: Black Ivory coffee!

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Posted on December 13, 2012

If a frog jumps into a bucket of fresh milk, the milk won't go sour according to a Russian old wives' tale. Silly, huh?

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Posted on December 6, 2012

The Contech CRO101 Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler is a technological “turd terminator” that senses the approach of unwanted animals and instantly, harmlessly compels them to beat a hasty retreat.

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Posted on December 5, 2012

Lost pet posters have been around since pets have been getting lost, paper's been available to compose posters on, and creative pet owners have been able to express pithy, pathos-infused prose.

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Posted on December 4, 2012

The discovery of the ancient lair of a unicorn described in Korean history has been announced by archaeologists at the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences.

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Posted on November 29, 2012

Snakeheads, snakeheads, roly poly snakeheads. Snakeheads, snakeheads, eat them up, yum! The invasive Northern Snakehead fish is a big, ugly, toothy terror that's decimating native species... they pretty much eat any creature they meet.

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Posted on November 26, 2012

From hideous sweaters to fossilized fruitcake, some holiday gifts just don't “present” themselves very well. Unfortunately, pets and their owners aren't immune from the best intentions of misguided gift-givers.

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Posted on November 20, 2012

Ex-Beatle and ex-carnivore Sir Paul McCartney wants us all to “eat no turkey” this Thanksgiving but face it, the other big bird's become the centerpiece of holiday dinners in more ways than one.

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Posted on November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving dinner with the family is a longstanding tradition yet when Turkey Day arrives, your dog and/or cat get the same food as any other day, right? Wrong!

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Posted on November 14, 2012

Lots of folks who put their missionary zeal on the front burner also stick it to their back bumpers in the form of Jesus Fish. Though they can't see the shining non-secular signs as they cruise down life's highway, we can... and we can do better!

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Posted on November 9, 2012

Are you ready for the Year Of The Snake? More important, is your dog ready? Just in time for 2013, this plush dog coat from Japan will keep Fido or Fifi warm so you both can hiss at Old Man Winter.

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Posted on November 8, 2012

We're not saying Crab Hat Cats are the latest pet trend but photographic evidence out of Japan says it's hotter than shell. Why are a growing number of Japanese cat-owners capping their kitties' cabezas with cooked crab carcasses?

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Posted on November 3, 2012

Selkirk Rex cats, first described in 1987, belong to one of four recognized curly-haired cat breeds.

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Posted on November 2, 2012

Marty, the 3-year-old cat who inspired Chris Torres to create the popular Internet phenomenon Nyan Cat has moved from meme to memory. If there's an afterlife for cats, Marty's most likely soaring through space trailing an 8-bit rainbow.

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Posted on October 28, 2012

Black cats have emerged as one of Halloween's most enduring symbols though they're really no more fierce, fearful or frightening than any other cat. Don't believe us?

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Posted on October 25, 2012

Pets & pumpkins go together like tricks and treats, especially this time of year when farms, zoos and wildlife parks provide their animals with plenty of pumpkins to help bring out the Halloween spirit.

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Posted on October 22, 2012

I see your horned toads and raise you horned cats: Unicorn Cats! Call 'em “Unicats” for short but not for long, since none of the cute & comical felines featured here seem to get a kick out having a horn of their own.

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Posted on October 20, 2012

What has no bones and a terrifying skull? The caterpillar of the Imperial Fruit Sucking Moth (Phyllodes imperialis), that's what.