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 March 14, 2013

His Holiness Benedict XVI Pope Emeritus, formerly Pope Benedict XVI, was known for his love of cats though due to tradition he was not allowed to keep one at his apartment in Vatican City's Apostolic Palace.

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Posted on March 9, 2013

Cat got your tongue? Try Neko Font, the font made of cats, for cats and by cats... well, OK, by people who LIKE cats. Though created in Japan, Neko Font supports roman alphabets and the site home page's test feature is the cat's meow.

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Posted on March 3, 2013

Invasive Brown Tree Snakes have been decimating Guam's native birds for decades but their reign of terror could soon be coming to an end.

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Posted on February 13, 2013

Cats with heart-shaped markings on their coats aren't all that hard to find, and Mister Chi from Japan doesn't stand out as such from a first casual glance.

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Posted on February 6, 2013

As email is to snail mail, snail mail is to carrier pigeons... or so you thought!

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Posted on February 1, 2013

The Necono Digital Cat Camera from Japan's Superheadz, designed by Swedish ceramic artist Lisa Larson, combines the cute factor of a striped, black or white kitten with the demands of the everyday cat-lovin' casual photographer.

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Posted on January 21, 2013

Nobody pampers their pets like the Japanese do, and there's no spa treatment more pampering than an “Animal Ayurveda” full-body aloe & herb mud pack.

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Posted on January 17, 2013

Since May of 2007, Google Street View has been panoramically mapping the world's highways and byways while coincidentally snapping who (or what) ever happens to be around at the time, including the odd animal or two... or even ten!

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Posted on January 14, 2013

A weird “human-headed” Goldenrod Crab Spider captured on a viral video from Hong Kong has evoked comparisons with the 1958 sci-fi classic “The Fly”, John Carpenter's 1986 thriller “The Thing,” and the golden-bodied Skulltula spiders from The Legen

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Posted on January 12, 2013

Cold paws, warm heart? A video of a cat in Nanjing that appears to be rubbing its paws together on a chilly morning has touched the hearts of Chinese netizens, going viral to the tune of 410,000 views per day.

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Posted on January 8, 2013

If they only had a brain... a group of spoiled and stupid Chinese youths visiting the Hangzhou Zoo took advantage of China's recent winter cold spell by throwing snowballs at the zoo's lions. Da noive!

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Posted on January 8, 2013

Custom logo LED pet collars from New York-based Compact Impact allow businesses to promote their wares and services via naturally roaming cats and dogs.

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Posted on January 2, 2013

Hold my calls and make it snappy? Your wish is Noody Boffin's command! The Australian design firm's life-sized Lobster Mobile Telephone Case takes outrageous iPhone case design to a much butter place.

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Posted on December 31, 2012

Giant Pandas aren't just cute, furry and endangered, they also have formidable immune systems to protect them against a wide range of harmful bacterial and fungal organisms.

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Posted on December 28, 2012

Ringing in the new year with a new pet is all well and good but your new pet had better not be behind the times.

Comfy Cat Capes From Japan Have Got Your Back Covered
Posted on December 24, 2012

Get that monkey off your back and put a cat there instead! Not a real cat, of course, a microfiber wearable Cat Cape from the Felissimo-Kraso online shopping site in Japan.

Would You, Should You, Shell Out For A Turtle Burger?
Posted on December 23, 2012

What tastes like chicken, looks like beef and smells a little fishy? Turtle Burgers, that's what.

Apocalypse Meow: 10 Cats Guaranteed To Survive Doomsday
Posted on December 19, 2012

You may not be ready for Doomsday but these cats sure are! By the looks of some of them, they might even be responsible for the dreaded end of the Mayan calendar and really, why should they care? They've got nine lives and you don't.

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Posted on December 18, 2012

Coffee snobs who rave about ridiculously expensive 'pre-digested' Kopi Luwak civet coffee now have something new to turn their noses up at: Black Ivory coffee!

Don't Cry Over Spoiled Milk, Just Add Frogs!
Posted on December 13, 2012

If a frog jumps into a bucket of fresh milk, the milk won't go sour according to a Russian old wives' tale.

Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler Deters Destructive Dogs, Cats & Wildlife
Posted on December 6, 2012

The Contech CRO101 Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler is a technological “turd terminator” that senses the approach of unwanted animals and instantly, harmlessly compels them to beat a hasty retreat..

Missing Purr-sons: The Top Ten Wacky Lost Pet Posters
Posted on December 5, 2012

These ten wacky lost pet posters succeed in grabbing one's attention at the very least, and that's the first step towards recovering a missing and missed pet.

Unicorn Lair Discovered By North Korean Archeologists
Posted on December 4, 2012

The discovery of the ancient lair of a unicorn described in Korean history has been announced by archaeologists at the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences.

Eat Mor Snakehead! 10 Frankenfish Recipes That Won't Bite Back
Posted on November 29, 2012

The invasive Northern Snakehead fish is a big, ugly, toothy terror that's decimating native species... they pretty much eat any creature they meet. The solution, according to some practical American chefs, is to eat them first!

12 Stupid Holiday Dog & Cat Gifts That Make Fruitcake Look Good
Posted on November 26, 2012

These 12 stupid gifts for dogs & cats are only good for one thing – re-gifting – though those considering it should do so at their own peril.