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.)

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.

No Bird, No Problem: Ten Ingenious Ways NOT To Serve Turkey This Thanksgiving
Posted on November 20, 2012

Ex-Beatle and ex-carnivore Sir Paul McCartney wants us all to “eat no turkey” this Thanksgiving, and these 10 non-gobbler goodies preserve the spirit of the celebration without ruffling anyone's feathers.

Merrick “Thanksgiving Day Dinner” Canned Cat & Dog Foods
Posted on November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving dinner with the family is a longstanding tradition yet when Turkey Day arrives, your dog and/or cat get the same food as any other day, right? Wrong!

Holy Rolling & Trolling: The Top 10 Alternative Automotive Jesus Fish
Posted on November 14, 2012

These 10 alternative Jesus Fish promote other dearly-held beliefs while taking some of the starch out of those who take theirs a bit too seriously.

Year Of The Snake Dog Coat Puts The Bite On Winter's Chill
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.

Chitin Kittens: Japan's Top 10 Crab Hat Cats
Posted on November 8, 2012

Why are a growing number of Japanese cat-owners capping their kitties' cabezas with cooked crab carcasses? Perhaps because these formidably fitted-out felines are the next best thing to having your very own miniature Triceratops.

Curly-Haired Selkirk Rex Cats Shown To Be Genetically Distinct
Posted on November 3, 2012

Gorgeous curly-haired Selkirk Rex cats have been found to be genetically distinct from previously known curly-coated breeds.

From Meme To Memory: RIP Marty, Nyan Cat's Inspiration
Posted on November 2, 2012

Marty, the 3-year-old cat who inspired Chris Torres to create the popular Internet phenomenon Nyan Cat has made the move from meme to memory.

Night & The Kitty: 10 Beautiful & Mysterious Black Cats
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.

Animal Pumpkingdom: 10 Amused Animals Enjoying Pumpkins!
Posted on October 25, 2012

Pets & pumpkins go together like tricks and treats, especially this time of year when the Smithsonian's National Zoo provides their animals with plenty of pumpkins to help bring out the Halloween spirit.

Me So Horsey! 8 Cute, Comical & Confused Unicorn Cats
Posted on October 22, 2012

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.

Ghoul For Cats: The Top 10 Freakiest Scariest Halloween Cat Costumes
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!

Boo Wow! The Top 10 Freakiest Scariest Halloween Dog Costumes
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.

Wearable Wagging Tail Runs Off Brainwaves & Displays Your Moods
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.

Twisted “Driftwood Demon” Washes Up On Japanese Beach
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.