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.)

Valentine Heart Cat Shows True Meaning Of Love
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.

Pigeon Post Reboots Carrier Pigeons To Make Mailing More Fun
Posted on February 6, 2013

Pigeon Post, a plastic mailable pigeon from Letter Writers Alliance, turns the art of long distance communication on its head by rebooting the carrier pigeon concept. Hipsters will love it and so will you.

Necono Digital Cat Camera From Superheadz Is Super Cute
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.

Hair-raising Hong Kong Crab Spider Looks Like A Walking Human Head!
Posted on January 14, 2013

A weird “human-headed” Goldenrod Crab Spider captured on video 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 Legend of Zelda games.

Chinese Stray Cat Rubs Paws To Keep Warm
Posted on January 12, 2013

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.

Cowardly Humans Throw Snowballs At Lions In Chinese Zoo
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!

Custom Logo LED Pet Collars Light Up Your Labradoodle
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.

Hello, Newberg: Noddy Boffin's Lobster Mobile Telephone Case
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.

Panda Blood Found To Contain Powerful New Antibiotic
Posted on December 31, 2012

Chinese researchers investigating the pandas' DNA have unlocked their disease-fighting secret: a powerful new antibiotic that humans could use to fight increasingly drug-resistant microbes.

Hot Dogs, Cool Cats & More: Predicting 2013's Top Ten Pet Trends
Posted on December 28, 2012

Let this illustrated list of 2013's trendiest pets and hottest pet trends be your guide today so you and your pet won't look like yesterday's news tomorrow.

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.

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.