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 July 12, 2012

Who knew our canine companions need some “time to get alone” once in while? Brazilian siblings Fabiano and Daniela Lourdes did, and their new eight-story hotel, Animalle Mundo Pet, aims to cater to those for whom the only style is doggy style.

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Posted on July 11, 2012

“Please don't feed the animals”... but cigarettes and beer are OK? Visitors to a Chinese zoo have found a loophole in traditional zoo signage, to the delight of one chain-smoking chimpanzee.

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Posted on July 7, 2012

A rare Ecuadorian amphibian has been given a rather royal honor while at the same time, a rather royal human has been honored by having an amphibian named after him.

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Posted on July 5, 2012

Call it the “Third Battle of Bull Run” - over thirty animal rights activists spelled out their opposition to bullfights, bull runs and other such “exploitive” events with their painted bodies before the traditional Running Of The Bulls at Spain's

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Posted on July 2, 2012

Need more horsepower? Get a horse! Automobiles may have won the personal transportation wars over a century ago but sometimes, somewhere, the noble steed still wins the odd battle.

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Posted on June 28, 2012

Lookout criminals, you're being watched... by a giant owl? Tokyo is one of the world's safest large cities and the many small koban (police boxes) scattered throughout the city help keep it that way.

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Posted on June 26, 2012

The Cascades Raptor Center has found ideal homes for orphaned barn owls raised & rehabilitated by the Center: organic wineries in search of natural, chemical-free pest control.

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Posted on June 25, 2012

How many lives would a real live Nyan Cat have if a real live Nyan Cat would really be alive? Nine, of course!

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Posted on June 21, 2012

Birdies, eagles and... goats? You'll find all three at Settlers' Ghost Golf Course near Barrie, Ontario, Canada now that Whipper and Snipper have been “hired” to keep the course well-trimmed and weed-free.

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Posted on June 20, 2012

Call it a goodwill gesture, a political ploy or both, but Russian President and dog-lover Vladimir Putin is welcoming a new pet: a two-month-old Japanese Akita puppy of the same breed as the famous Hachiko!

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Posted on June 19, 2012

A joint effort by Israeli and Palestinian scientists to uncover the source of a unique, fast-spreading MRSA “superbug” in Gaza has led to an unusual suspect: the many domestic and feral cats who call the crowded enclave home.

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Posted on June 18, 2012

Dogs have dominated the warning sign universe for far too long; now it's time for cats to get due respect.

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Posted on June 15, 2012

Though at least one of the five new Arctic Wolf pups was seemingly unimpressed with the world outside his birth den, Knuthenborg Safari Park's visitors and staff found their first emergence into daylight well worth howling about!

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Posted on June 13, 2012

Mutant pig? Miniature horse? A combination of both?

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Posted on June 11, 2012

Cute, ugly or both? Bats may be Fledermaus in German but they're much more than just flying mice... and much less cute as well. These 10 bizarre bats take ugliness to the next level, in fact, and we're talkin' cracked mirror, turn-to-stone ugly.

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Posted on June 7, 2012

A pair of British fishermen hooked a lot more than they bargained for when a Porbeagle shark they estimated to be 10ft (3m) long and weighing 550lbs (250kg) grabbed the line and took them for a 90-minute, mile-long Nantucket Sleighride.

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Posted on June 5, 2012

Here's some news that'll rattle you: as North America warms up and snakes become more active, reports of snake bites are up... and so is the toxicity of their venom.

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Posted on June 4, 2012

"It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a... cat??" When Orville the cat came out on the losing end of an encounter with a car, he went to a higher place... no, not THAT one!

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Posted on May 31, 2012

The Blue-ringed Octopus is one of nature's deadliest creatures; an average specimen contains enough venom to shuffle 10 adult humans off this mortal coil. The bad news: there's no known antivenom available to treat victims.

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Posted on May 30, 2012

A dolphin living in a canal in Slidell, Louisiana may have bitten off more than it can chew – never a good idea when the things being bitten are boaters and swimmers of the human persuasion.

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Posted on May 30, 2012

A chicken farmer in eastern China has a tale to tell about a tail too tall.

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Posted on May 26, 2012

If one white deer is rare, the odds of a pair showing up are, well, odd to say the least.

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Posted on May 24, 2012

The Shark Dome Bed may look nightmarish from the outside but inside it's as clean and fresh as can be, thanks to nanotechnology from Japan.

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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.