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 20, 2012

Does your cat like to sleep on the TV or your computer monitor? Hey, what kitty doesn't! Now it's time to “Think Different” as upcycled Apple iMac Pet Beds take high-tech catnapping to the next level.

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Posted on May 18, 2012

Who let the dogs in? Progressive Field, that's who! Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians held the first of two Puppypalooza nights on May 16th, 2012.

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Posted on May 17, 2012

Cafe Neko, Vienna's first licensed “katzenkaffeehaus” or cat cafe, serves jaded Viennese and tourists alike a fluffy slice of modern Japanese culture and it's about time: Cafe Neko's owner recently won a three-year battle with city authorities loa

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Posted on May 16, 2012

Kimono my doghouse? The latest trend in four-legged formal wear are kimonos specially tailored to fit Fido and Fifi... samurai swords and geisha girl hairdos not included.

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Posted on May 13, 2012

An odd Atlantic Lobster is a crustacean sensation after surprising fishermen with its fully functional extra snapper. Unfortunately for Ol' Tri-Claws, the aberration isn't rare enough to keep him off the dinner table.

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Posted on May 12, 2012

Nelson, a newborn Kea parrot rejected by his parents upon hatching, has been described as looking like

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Posted on May 10, 2012

A strikingly patterned "calico" lobster thought to be a 1 in 30 million occurrence was discovered in an unlikely location: a New England seafood restaurant's 1,200 gallon lobster holding tank.

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Posted on May 9, 2012

The Animal Pocket Knife by designer David Suhami was inspired by both the famous Swiss Army Knife and the animals with whom we share our planet... quite a few of which live nowhere near Switzerland.

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Posted on May 8, 2012

Walk hand in “hand” through the park, down the street, all the places lovers meet with the Hand Dog Leash from Alice Wang Design.

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Posted on May 2, 2012

Rock-throwers at the Wuhan Zoo in central China obviously haven't heard the old maxim, “elephants never forget.” The lesson was reinforced recently when 13-year-old Ahai got fed up with being pelted with stones, mud and plastic bottles by moronic

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Posted on April 29, 2012

Adidas might not approve but “Adidog” athletic vests kick your pup's wardrobe into high gear!

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Posted on April 27, 2012

I see your Labradoodle and raise you a Laptop Poodle! Actually, the Poodle USB Hub from Kikkerland works WITH your laptop or desktop computer, providing four USB 2.0 hi-speed ports to better connect your essential peripherals.

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Posted on April 26, 2012

Curious cats & dogs munching on home or office electric cords can be a recipe for disaster. No longer! CritterCord Citrus-Scented Covers gently dissuade pets from chewing on cords while giving pet-owners peace of mind.

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Posted on April 26, 2012

Squid Vicious? Fuhgeddaboudit, ya rotten punk! These 10 cute squids have got eight arms to hold you, they're suckers for affection and you don't have to be a Sperm Whale or a seafood aficionado to enjoy them.

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Posted on April 23, 2012

Wee paws for (police) station identification? A 4-year-old, under-4-pound Toy Poodle named Mochi is the latest small dog to join Japan's elite K9 corps. Call it a true underdog story – minus Vince Vaughan and Ben Stiller.

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Posted on April 20, 2012

Now that's what I call monkey business! A Taiwanese girl sight-seeing in Bali served up more than she expected when a pair of promiscuous primates went ape for the gorilla their dreams.

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Posted on April 18, 2012

Growl back those prices and get outta my way, the Pet Food aisle beckons and Fido's about to eat a greeter! Yes indeed, if you thought the People of Walmart had gone to the dogs, imagine how bizarre their dogs are.

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Posted on April 18, 2012

Here's a hooters story the whole family can enjoy! A baby Great Horned Owl blown out of its nest by high winds has been successfully reunited with its fluffy sibling, thanks to the efforts of tree-climbing Toronto Wildlife Centre staffers.

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Posted on April 16, 2012

Man's Best Friend of Steel? This cute two-piece Superman suit for dogs includes accessory arms and a cape so your canine Clark Kent can terrier-ize those criminal kitties like never before!

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Posted on April 13, 2012

Some women fight crow's feet but this Japanese schoolgirl's feat is fighting crows.

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Posted on April 12, 2012

Paro, Japan's cute & cuddly seal pup therapy robot, has begun soothing and comforting elderly residents of a senior care center in Montreal, Quebec. Naturally, Canadian seal hunters have a problem with this.

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Posted on April 11, 2012

The space-saving Curve Pet Bed from Japanese designer Akemi Tanaka offers dogs and cats a cozy, padded place of their own tucked out of harm's way against an interior room wall.

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Posted on April 10, 2012

Tattooing pets for cosmetic purposes really gets under some people's skins... just imagine how the pets feel!

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Posted on April 8, 2012

Sure kittens are tiny and cute but Marshmallow, a fluffy white feline furball born prematurely, may be the tiniest and cutest of them all.

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Posted on April 5, 2012

Shironeko, a long-time Internet pet phenomenon described as “The Most Relaxed Cat In The World,” lives in Japan and loves baskets.