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 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.

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Posted on April 1, 2012

Japan's Bandai wants to be your partner in pet ownership: they provide a robot dog body in black or white, you provide the brain – and by brain, we mean your iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch.

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Posted on March 28, 2012

“So Happy Smiling Cat” hails originally from Japan but for the past couple of years this quietly satisfied, exultantly beaming cat's real home has been the Internet.

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Posted on March 18, 2012

Panda Shorts are cute, comfortable, and as wild as their namesakes raoming the forested hills and valleys of szechuan, China. Do you dare to go bear, or will the sight of Panda Shorts make you eat, shoots and leaves?

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Posted on March 16, 2012

Add a dash of delight to any yard, garden or décor scheme indoors or out with the Lovely Cat Watering Pot. Styled to please cat-lovers, gardeners or both, this pretty plastic pail pours water from its tail!

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Posted on March 12, 2012

Hair of the Dog before St. Patrick's Day? It goes with the territory when you're Man's Best Friend but with one important difference: dogs don't drink and they don't get drunk (without irresponsible human connivance).

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Posted on March 6, 2012

Fred Flintstone's prehistoric pooch Dino may have had more in common with modern-day mongrels than Hanna Barbara ever imagined.

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Posted on March 1, 2012

Wang Cai, a former homeless pooch from Chongqing, China, displays an unusual degree of loyalty.

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Posted on February 29, 2012

Wee paws while your food cooks? The T-188 Dachshund Timer from Dretec sticks to your refrigerator door while counting down the minutes and seconds before dinner's ready.

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Posted on February 24, 2012

Squid skin's good for you... who knew? Taiwan's Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) has found that squid skin, a "useless" by-product of the calamari industry, can be processed into a beneficial anti-aging health supplement.

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Posted on February 14, 2012

Enough with The Grey, it's time to think pink! An arctic wolf at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, decided to celebrate Valentine's Day in his own unique way.

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Posted on February 8, 2012

China's netizens are all a'twitter over so-called “worshiping cats” embedded into the background design of the country's 100 yuan notes.

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Posted on January 24, 2012

If you love photos and videos of cats (and face it, who doesn't?), then claw your way over to Nekocat!

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Posted on January 22, 2012

Love cats but your landlord doesn't? Stressed-out Tokyo cat fanciers now have the purr-fect alternative.

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Posted on June 3, 2011

Amphibian gourmets in Shanghai, China are hopping mad after local health authorities discovered cholera bacteria during routine inspection and testing of bullfrogs sourced by city restaurants and fresh food markets.

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Posted on April 28, 2011

Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets from Tokyo's Strapya World are low-maintenance "pets" you don't need to feed - just give 'em a cool space inside your cooler. 

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Posted on April 21, 2011

China may not get the best press when it comes to animals – endangered or otherwise – but a dramatic highway showdown organized through social media will surely help change an unpleasant stereotype.

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Posted on February 25, 2011

Scientists from China studying fossils of Diania Cactiformis, nicknamed the 'walking cactus', say the odd worm-like animal is enlightening them on how arthropods (insects, spiders and crustaceans) evolved their jointed legs.