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 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.

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Posted on October 17, 2012

Heard about The Woofer™? This handmade, form-fitting musical coat for dogs features a handy pouch to carry your smartphone, iPod or MP3 player and built-in speakers which connect with a standard headphone jack.

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Posted on October 15, 2012

What are all the ghoul cats wearing this Halloween? Cats don't really take to wearing Halloween costumes (or costumes in general) so you can bet those that do feel as freaky and scary as they look...

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Posted on October 8, 2012

Halloween may have been made for kids but judging by the looks of these ten freaky scary costumes, the end-of-October occult outing is definitely going to the dogs.

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Posted on October 7, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was convicted on federal and state felony dog fighting charges in 2007 and as one of the conditions of his parole, he was not legally able to own a dog.

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Posted on October 1, 2012

Cats and dogs can't state their feelings so they've evolved the ability to move their tails in ways that effectively telegraph their emotions.

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Posted on September 27, 2012

I see your Montauk Monster and raise you something just as eerie but a lot less smelly: a wave-battered devilish “Driftwood Demon” found washed up on a remote Japanese beach.

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Posted on September 24, 2012

Cat hair on your drying rack? It's more likely than you think, and it's even more likely there's an actual cat attached.

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Posted on September 15, 2012

Got change for a fin? A Japanese art collective has been installing goldfish tank phone booths in urban Osaka, cleverly recycling these obsolete telecommunication relics while beautifying the streets of Japan's second-largest city.

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Posted on September 12, 2012

THE DOG Earphone Jack Accessory is an officially licensed smartphone charm that takes the popular big-headed puppies of "THE DOG And Friends: Artlist Collection” to the next level.

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Posted on September 4, 2012

Shrugging off Greenpeace protesters like a dog shaking off a bad case of fleas, the Dutch-built super-trawler FV Margiris has been cleared to begin fishing in Australian waters off the coast of Tasmania.

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Posted on August 31, 2012

The dreaded Duckface lives! Japanese designer pet supplies maker OPPO introduces the Quack, a soft silicone dog muzzle designed to perform its function with comfort,  style and dignity... well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

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Posted on August 30, 2012

Everyone loves pandas and would love to have one but they're rare bears, so what's a panda-lover (or low-budget zoo) to do? Make your own, of course, based on some other more common creature!

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Posted on August 27, 2012

The sterile aisles of the world's Walmarts would seem to be the farthest one could get from our planet's inexorably vanishing rainforests, yet once you “roll back” the retail facade to reveal the real people populating America's favorite place to

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Posted on August 12, 2012

Spiders living in your ears? It's more likely than you think... OK, it's not very likely but it CAN happen. Just ask the unfortunate Chinese woman who had a Jumping Spider take up residence in her left ear for three days.

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Posted on August 8, 2012

What is it about zoos that brings out the best in animals but the worst in people? Zoo managers have tried to strike a balance between nanny-like scolding and gentle chiding to keep visitors on their best behavior.

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Posted on August 2, 2012

The Cat Tunnel Sofa by Korean designer Seungji Mun combines a comfy cat-napping couch with what appears to be an inside-out hamster habitat. You might still be a couch potato but at least your cats will get some exercise.