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.)

Bronx Zoo Brings Back Name-a-Roach Program For Valentine's Day
Posted on January 22, 2018

Roaches are forever, it's been said, and with any luck your love will last a lifetime as well. The Bronx Zoo's popular Name-a-Roach program is a great way to show your SO just how much they mean to you on Valentine's Day.

Washington D.C. Finds New, Effective, Humane Way To Put Rats On Ice
Posted on January 19, 2018

Washington D.C.'s Division of Public Works has found a way to stop rats cold – VERY cold – using non-toxic dry ice.

Call Of The Wildlife: Tech-Loving Raccoon Raids Mobile Phone Store
Posted on January 18, 2018

Who was that masked mammal, could it be Robbery Raccoon?

Post-Wedding Photo Shoots With Your Cat Make The Perfect Honeymewn
Posted on January 17, 2018

An innovative wedding photographer brings newlyweds and their pet cats closer through inclusive post-wedding photo shoots.

Neko Face Toilet Paper Holder Turns Bathrooms To Cat Rooms
Posted on January 15, 2018

This cute cat-faced toilet paper holder from Japan will keep tabs on your bathroom tissue while adding a dash of frisky whiskered charm to any home or office restroom.

Hairless Bear Cub Found In Dumpster Freaks Out Area Residents
Posted on January 12, 2018

A hairless 'creature' rescued from a California dumpster had the locals flummoxed until an animal rescue group determined it was just a mangy bear cub.

Winnie The Wombat Is 31 Years Young!
Posted on January 11, 2018

Winnie the wombat, believed to be the world's oldest living wombat, recently celebrated her 31st birthday in grand style with a custom-made birthday cake.

Friendly Crocodile Begs Fishermen For Scraps
Posted on January 10, 2018

A crocodile who waits for fish-cleaners to toss scraps is said to be friendly, though it's more likely he knows not to bite (off) the hands that feed him.

Godzilla Humidifier Makes Steam, Makes You Scream
Posted on January 9, 2018

2018 is here - did you mist it? The brand new, sound-enabled and LED-equipped Godzilla humidifier is the only steam-breathing moisture monster you'll ever need.

Political Dessert: The Top 10 Democratic Party Donkey Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookies
Posted on January 8, 2018

Happy 190th Birthday to the Democratic Party, founded on January 8th of 1828. These ten cakes feature the party's popular (though not official) symbol, the humble donkey.

Rescued Fox And Hound Are Real-Life BFFs
Posted on January 5, 2018

Foxes and dogs don't usually get along so the warm friendship between a rescued Red Fox and a pet terrier is as surprising as it is heartwarming.

Sheep With Head Stuck In Traffic Cone Rescued By RSPCA
Posted on January 4, 2018

A sheep from Hertfordshire, England felt a tad sheepish (and relieved, no doubt) when the RSPCA successfully removed an orange traffic cone that had become stuck on her head.

Cat Street Beggar Plucks Heartstrings, Wallets
Posted on January 3, 2018

A savvy street cat from Belarus seems to be raking in the rubles by begging passing pedestrians for loose change and spare banknotes.

Escaped Monkey's Blushing Butt Stops Traffic, Literally
Posted on January 2, 2018

A driver in China who was rear-ended in the middle of traffic stated she slammed on the brakes after seeing a red light... which turned out to be the blushing butt of an escaped circus monkey perched on a light pole.

The Top 10 Topical Pet Coats, Shirts & Sweaters for 2017
Posted on December 20, 2017

2017 has been one heck of a year and these 10 topical dog and cat coats, shirts and sweaters reflect the buzzwords that made this year one for the history books.

The Top 7 Pets & Animals Of Kwanzaa
Posted on December 19, 2017

Kwanzaa is a holiday celebration of African heritage and culture that lasts for 7 days and embodies 7 core principles illustrated here by 7 Kwanzaa-tastic critters.

Santa Paws: The Top 10 Awkward, Uncomfortable & Unintentionally Hilarious Pets With Santa Photos
Posted on December 18, 2017

The classic Christmas photo shoot featuring klutzy kids climbing onto Santa's knee doesn't always go well. Add pets into the mix and you're just asking for trouble – gift-wrapped with a big bow.

Polar Bear Mini Natural Humidifier Is Great Fur Dry Winters
Posted on December 17, 2017

Moist air is a 'bear' necessity during dry winters and the polar bear mini natural humidifier adds soothing vapor via natural evaporation.

Top Cats: The Top 10 Cat & Kitten Christmas Tree Toppers
Posted on December 16, 2017

So your cat's climbed to the top of the Christmas tree again? Ward your angelic feline off with a cool cat or cute kitten Christmas tree topper and banish the mischievous mouser to a branch office.

The 5 Top Pet Food Market Trends For 2018
Posted on December 15, 2017

2018 is shaping up to be a crucial year for the pet food industry as changing attitudes and purchasing practices by pet-owners conspire to affect the $26 billion pet food market in unforeseen ways.

The Top 10 Pet-Owning States In The USA
Posted on December 14, 2017

Americans love their pets and though the affection we feel for our cats and dogs is beyond compare, the percentage of households that own a pet varies from one state to another. How does your state rate?

The Top 10 Bitcoin Pet Memes Of 2017
Posted on December 13, 2017

Bitcoin is 2017's hottest trend and the number of pet-related bitcoin memes is rising faster than the elusive cryptocurrency on a good day – which is most days.

Christmas Jumper-Wearing Record Broken By Hundreds Of Dogs
Posted on December 12, 2017

More than 300 dogs wearing festive Christmas jumpers got together at London's Battersea Park, breaking the record for such events while raising funds for one of the UK's largest children's charities.

Playful Pooch Invades Soccer Pitch, Pals Up With Goalie
Posted on December 11, 2017

A dog eager to run around the field and chase a ball with the other soccer players found an unexpected friend in one of the teams' goalies.

British First Cat Larry Struts His Stuff Outside 10 Downing Street
Posted on December 8, 2017

Larry, a cat who happens to be the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, was caught taking a break from his usual duties while Turkey's Prime Minister paid a visit to 10 Downing Street.