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.)

Wily Coyote Spends Night At Museum, Leaves Smarter But Sleepier
Posted on March 29, 2018

An urban coyote with a taste for roadrunners AND knowledge spent the night at a New York museum recently, though the only thing it learned was that tranquilizers make you really, really sleepy.

Tree Frog Stowaway Boards Banana Boat Bound For Britain
Posted on March 28, 2018

Bananas are yellow, tree frogs are green but how many of the latter have grocery shoppers seen at a British supermarket's produce department?

Slipper Swallowing Snake Is A Sole Survivor
Posted on March 27, 2018

A trespassing carpet python hungry for a toes-ted treat wound up having a swallowed slipper surgically removed by a local veterinarian.

Wayward Walrus Waddles Ashore In Scotland
Posted on March 26, 2018

A walrus spied lounging on Peedie Beach in northernmost Scotland is believed to be the first such tusker to reach the UK mainland since 1954.

Theme Park's T-Rex Goes Up In Flames
Posted on March 25, 2018

An animatronic T-Rex at a Colorado theme park finally joined his flesh & blood kin on the ash heap of history after a (Jurassic) spark set off a roaring conflagration of fire and fury.

Cute Fruit Tart Cat Bed Ensures Sweet Dreams
Posted on March 22, 2018

This charmingly cute fruit tart cat bed features a plush 'pie crust' and includes five hand-sewn faux fruits for your cat-napper to cuddle up with.

Kansas Farmer Creates 'Cow Art' Visible From Space
Posted on March 21, 2018

A Kansas cattle farmer wanted to say 'Hi' to someone far, far away so he enlisted the help of his herd of cows and figured out when an orbiting Planet Labs satellite would be passing overhead.

Restored Whipsnade White Lion Is All White Again
Posted on March 20, 2018

The Whipsnade White Lion, a 480-ft long chalk silhouette carved out of the English soil in the early 1930s, has been restored to its original majesty.

Rubbernecking Duckie Photobombs Landscape Photographer
Posted on March 19, 2018

A camera-hogging duck who wants to be a 'beak' star deserving of top, er, billing decided on its own that photographer Simon Lewis's images aren't all they're quacked up to be.

Australian Snake & Lizard Saved From Sticky Situation
Posted on March 15, 2018

Two reptiles in New South Wales, Australia, were recently rescued from a carelessly discarded ball of tape that had inadvertently became a rolling glue trap.

'Two-Faced' Highland Cow Says That's No Bull
Posted on March 14, 2018

A Highland cow from Gairloch, Scotland appears to have a second face leering out from its shaggy midriff.

Alive & Olive: The Top 10 Unexpectedly Green Animals
Posted on March 13, 2018

Animals, mammals especially, don't often come in green but just as St Patrick's Day comes around once a year, you can expect an unexpectedly green critter to make an appearance once in a while.

Great White Shark Snaps Up Landlubber's Lost Lunch
Posted on March 12, 2018

A great white shark crashed a New Zealand woman's birthday party when it leaped from the ocean deep to snatch one partygoer's misplaced mince pie.

Columbus Zoo Gives Big Cat A CAT-Scan
Posted on March 8, 2018

The Columbus Zoo has a big new CAT-scanner. They also have a big cat – a 14-year-old male lion named Tomo – who 'volunteered' to get the zoo's state of the art imaging device off to a roaring good start.

'Super Monster Wolf' Scarecrow Guards Crops, Will Haunt Your Dreams
Posted on March 7, 2018

A solar-powered robotic scarecrow called “Super Monster Wolf” has been deployed in Japanese farmers' fields, warding off agricultural pests with its red flashing eyes and a range of scary sounds.

Flash-Frozen Kingfisher Victim Of Europe's 'Beast From The East'
Posted on March 6, 2018

A beautiful blue Kingfisher appears frozen in time as a winter cold front dubbed the “Beast From The East” turns canals and ponds into crystal-clear ice.

Quokka Massaging Pub Patron Could Face A Hefty Fine
Posted on March 5, 2018

A quokka walks into a bar... but it's no joke to the Australian government, who really don't care how much the critter is enjoying your facial massage.

Motorcycle Mutt Makes Great Umbrella Rack
Posted on February 28, 2018

No free hands to grip your umbrella, motorcycle-riding guy? No problem, just ask your back seat riding pet pooch to hold the brolly. Hey, nobody rides for free!

Koala Found Inside School Wants To Be Teacher's Pet
Posted on February 28, 2018

A furry koala in search of knowledge AND shelter spent the night on a technical school's sofa after sneaking in the previous evening.

Tiger Woods Scores A Birdie On Florida Golf Course
Posted on February 27, 2018

Tiger Woods' golf comeback isn't all it's quacked up to be thanks to a wandering duck who just found out what “FORE!” means.

Olympic Snowboarder Barely Avoids Meddling Squirrel
Posted on February 27, 2018

Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing had her eyes on the prize – an Olympic medal – until a “meddling” squirrel decided to hog the limelight.

Iced-Up Eagle Thaws Out In Game Warden's Truck
Posted on February 26, 2018

I thaw an eagle... and so did an Oklahoma game warden. Grounded by an ice storm, a chilled-out bald eagle needed to warm up inside the warden's truck before flying off into the wild blue yonder.

I Brake 4 Humans: The Top Ten Pet & Animal Drivers
Posted on February 26, 2018

Seems like animals are behind the wheel here, there and everywhere... and you thought it was just millennials texting.

Radley London Celebrates Year Of The (Scottie) Dog
Posted on February 25, 2018

London's historic Covent Garden has gone to the dogs... a glittering, golden, ten-foot-tall Scottie Dog to be exact.

Finnish Traffic Camera Owl Don't Give A Hoot
Posted on February 23, 2018

A curious owl who thought watching traffic was for the birds decided to take matters into its own hands, er, talons by blocking a camera monitoring Finland's Tampere Coastal Tunnel.