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 2, 2014

Cetaceans don't explode very often but when they do, they make a whale of a mess. An 81-foot-long carcass of a Blue Whale that washed ashore in Trout River, Newfoundland is the latest ticking time bomb to have folks holding their breaths...

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Posted on April 9, 2014

If you thought cats didn't like water, think again.

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Posted on March 26, 2014

Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the Niconico Nekomura Horse Mask Cat Earphone Jack Plug Accessory from Evolete. It's an ideal way to keep the Horse Mask meme going strong long after the original thrill has gone.

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Posted on March 11, 2014

Get that monkey off your back and put a lion there instead. This frighteningly realistic lion head backpack will make the wearer a big “mane” on campus faster than you can say “Bwana I wanna!”

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Posted on February 27, 2014

About a hundred stray and semi-feral cats roam the vermilion walkways of Beijing's 500-year-old Forbidden City.

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Posted on February 17, 2014

It's no accident Lykoi Cats look a lot like little werewolves...

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Posted on February 6, 2014

Are roses and chocolates too mild by a mile when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts? Switch things up and go wild with cuddly wolf plushies from the International Wolf Center!

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Posted on January 31, 2014

Arctic Vortex or not, it's the depth of winter and baby it's COLD outside!

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Posted on January 16, 2014

The iCat is a clear smartphone jacket that enhances the look of your Apple iPhone 5C while letting the phone's true colors shine through.

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Posted on January 9, 2014

What came first, the kitten or the Egg? If you've got the former you'll want to follow up with the latter! Kickstarter-funded Egg is an “intelligent cat companion” that interacts and entertains your cat while you're away.

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Posted on January 5, 2014

2014 is the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese zodiac so what better way to ring in the new year than with 10 amazing cats & dogs wearing creepy cute horse masks?

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Posted on December 26, 2013

Call it a Christmas miracle or simply a case of a cat whose sense of smell was dulled by seasonal ice and snow, but Meow-Meow is back in the arms of his loving family once again!

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Posted on December 25, 2013

The Neko Maru 2014 Daily Cat Calendar from Japan displays a different cute cat every day of the year.

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Posted on December 16, 2013

Images of a curious curly-feathered chicken from China's Henan province have confused and delighted millions of netizens since photos of the luxuriously-coifed rooster were posted online.

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Posted on December 6, 2013

Can cats eat corn? You betcha, and a multitude of internet images do not lie!

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Posted on December 4, 2013

What the heck is Catmilk? Made and marketed by Whiskas, Catmilk sounds like milk collected from lactating cats but actually the opposite is true.

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Posted on November 24, 2013

The Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) is holding a special Black Friday Adoption Event featuring discounted adoption fees on all pets and fee-waived adoptions on black animals.

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Posted on November 21, 2013

Photobombs are accidental in nature, especially animal photobombs that are often taken by accident in a natural setting.

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Posted on November 6, 2013

Snoopybabe, an American short-hair and Persian crossbreed cat from Sicuan province, may indeed be the world's cutest cat but is she also the saddest? Not at all!

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Posted on November 3, 2013

If you thought LEGO Creator Pet Shop was cool, you haven't seen the pets created with standard LEGO bricks by extraordinary cat-loving folks... until now.

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Posted on October 21, 2013

What wine goes with cat? Nyan Nyan Nouveau, of course, the non-alcoholic tipple made just for your purring pet!

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Posted on September 30, 2013

These 7 closed and abandoned pet shops... are no more! They have ceased to be! The owners have run down the curtains and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! These are ex-pet stores!

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Posted on September 26, 2013

I ate a Grumpy Cat Cake Pop once. It was... delicious! Still not tired of the internet's frowniest feline phenom? GOOD. Home made Grumpy Cat Cake Pops from the clever craft bakers at Bakerella are just the thing to turn that frown upside down.

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Posted on September 23, 2013

The Tiger Spider (Linothele fallax) is a funnel-web tarantula with a legspan roughly the size of a clenched fist.

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Posted on September 16, 2013

See the cat toy, BE the cat toy! Introducing Neko-Pom, fleecy ultra-long-fingered gloves that do double duty as cat toys.