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 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.

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Posted on May 17, 2012

Cafe Neko, Vienna's first licensed “katzenkaffeehaus” or cat cafe, serves jaded Viennese and tourists alike a fluffy slice of modern Japanese culture and it's about time: Cafe Neko's owner recently won a three-year battle with city authorities loa

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Posted on May 16, 2012

Kimono my doghouse? The latest trend in four-legged formal wear are kimonos specially tailored to fit Fido and Fifi... samurai swords and geisha girl hairdos not included.

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Posted on May 13, 2012

An odd Atlantic Lobster is a crustacean sensation after surprising fishermen with its fully functional extra snapper. Unfortunately for Ol' Tri-Claws, the aberration isn't rare enough to keep him off the dinner table.

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Posted on May 12, 2012

Nelson, a newborn Kea parrot rejected by his parents upon hatching, has been described as looking like

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Posted on May 10, 2012

A strikingly patterned "calico" lobster thought to be a 1 in 30 million occurrence was discovered in an unlikely location: a New England seafood restaurant's 1,200 gallon lobster holding tank.

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Posted on May 9, 2012

The Animal Pocket Knife by designer David Suhami was inspired by both the famous Swiss Army Knife and the animals with whom we share our planet... quite a few of which live nowhere near Switzerland.

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Posted on May 8, 2012

Walk hand in “hand” through the park, down the street, all the places lovers meet with the Hand Dog Leash from Alice Wang Design.

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Posted on May 2, 2012

Rock-throwers at the Wuhan Zoo in central China obviously haven't heard the old maxim, “elephants never forget.” The lesson was reinforced recently when 13-year-old Ahai got fed up with being pelted with stones, mud and plastic bottles by moronic

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Posted on April 29, 2012

Adidas might not approve but “Adidog” athletic vests kick your pup's wardrobe into high gear!