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.)

Coalinga's Iron Zoo Puts The 'Pet' Into Petroleum
Posted on November 13, 2018

The 'Iron Zoo' of painted pumpjacks near Coalinga, California adds a dash of animal magnetism to the industrial landscape in Fresno County.

Mountain Climber Holds Summit Summit With Mysterious Cat
Posted on November 9, 2018

Most mountain climbers don't like surprises but Wojciech Jabczynski was all smiles when a curious cat joined him at the summit of Poland's highest peak.

Stuck-Head Shiba Inu Dog Figurines Grin & Bear The Shame
Posted on November 8, 2018

Stuck in the middle with you... and these hapless but happy Shiba Inu dog figurines whose heads are stuck in walls, paintings, donuts and more.

Plump Pig On The Lam Lured Back With Trail Of Doritos
Posted on November 7, 2018

This story has everything a fan of a certain vintage TV crime drama would want: a deputy named Ponce, a bag of, er, ChiPs, and a happy ending for all of the characters.

Bears Climb Power Line Pole, Avoid Getting Buzzed
Posted on November 6, 2018

Two bears in rural Manitoba who climbed to the top of a 66-kilovolt hydroelectric power pole were rescued by line workers and, this being Canada, are now free to catch a buzz somewhere else.

Caring Vet Turns Recycled Washing Machines Into Dryer Cat Shelters
Posted on November 5, 2018

A clever veterinarian from southern Portugal has turned stray cats' affinity for old washing machines into a project providing shelter, care and urban beautification.

'Grumpy Cat 2.0' Showered With Loving Care At RSPCA Clinic
Posted on November 4, 2018

A ginger cat injured in a car accident looks so grouchy staff at the RSPCA’s Putney Animal Hospital have dubbed him 'Grumpy Cat 2.0' in homage to grimacing internet meme cat Tardar Sauce.

Amazing Outer Space Nebulae Named After Animals
Posted on October 30, 2018

These 10 interstellar clouds of gas and dust don't include the Space Coyote from The Simpsons but any of these exquisite outer-space nebulae would still make the ultimate spirit animal.

Rihga Animal Kingdom Chocolates Tastefully Salute The World's Most Majestic Creatures
Posted on October 28, 2018

Rihga Animal Kingdom Chocolates are made to order from natural ingredients by the world-renowned artisanal chocolatiers at the Rihga Royal Hotel Japan.

Adjustable Vegetable Pet Bed Helps Pets Get Their Greens & Z's
Posted on October 27, 2018

This nifty vegetable pet bed from Unihabitat unfolds from a rounded botanical sleeping space to a padded resting mat and back again as needed.

Creepy Sleepy Snoring Cat Dreams It's A Viral Hit
Posted on October 26, 2018

This snoring cat caught twitching in the throes of a dream is a must-see but be warned: watch it once and it'll haunt your nightmares.

Giant 'Sea Monster' Invades Old Philadelphia Navy Yard
Posted on October 25, 2018

The former US Navy shipyard in Philadelphia is hosting 'Sea Monsters HERE', an inflatable sculpture comprising dozens of huge inflatable kraken tentacles.

Angry Beaver Fells Tree Onto Passing Yacht
Posted on October 24, 2018

A boat-hating beaver from northern Germany isn't very 'poplar' with river travelers since the lumbering rodent felled a 65-ft tall tree onto a couple's motor yacht.

'Headless Chicken Monster' Is Neither Headless, A Chicken Or A Monster
Posted on October 23, 2018

The so-called 'Headless Chicken Monster' may be a viral sensation but this oddly-proportioned oceanic sea cucumber just wants to be left alone.

Rechargeable Hand-Pressure LED Piggy Flashlight Hogs The Spotlight
Posted on October 22, 2018

This cute pig-shaped manually rechargeable flashlight may look kinda weird but it sure comes in handy when nasty weather cuts off your power.

Rilakkuma Condoms Make Intimate Encounters A Little Less Grizzly
Posted on October 21, 2018

Rilakkuma Honey Condoms by Okamoto feature colorful box and wrapper art that's so cute, giftees might think they've been presented with a box of delicious sweet treats.

Cookie Monster Cat Featured In Bizarre U.S. Embassy Invitation Error
Posted on October 19, 2018

A bizarre invitation to a 'cat pajama jam' emailed by the United States' embassy in Canberra, Australia unfortunately turns out to have been a training error.

Magic Bear Bell Ensures Bruins Know You're Around
Posted on October 17, 2018

The Magic Bear Bell gives hikers a hands-free way to alert bears to their presence on the trail and reduces the chance of a surprise encounter.

Busty Squirrel At Tokyo Zoo Drives The Internet Nuts
Posted on October 16, 2018

An overly-endowed squirrel at Tokyo's Inokashira Park Zoo appears to hold its hooters 'hand bra' style while the internet collectively picks its jaw up off the floor.

Pet Bed Inside Mattress Keeps Sleeping Pets Comfortably Close
Posted on October 15, 2018

Yo dog (or cat), I heard you wanted to sleep in your human's bed so here's a pet bed inside a people bed so you can sleep with your peep!

Fish Head Coin Case Won't Swim Spoil Or Smell
Posted on October 13, 2018

This disturbingly realistic fish head case carries your coins, keys, earbuds and/or other small personal possessions while sporting a distinct design no one would EVER want to steal.

Russian Town Hires 'Cat Chief' To Manage 70 Local Strays
Posted on October 12, 2018

The Russian seaside town of Zelenogradsk, in an effort to show the world how much it cares for cats, has hired a “Cat Chief” to mind the city's stray kitties.

Halloween Cat Cloak For Vampire Kitties
Posted on October 10, 2018

This pet-friendly Dracula Cat Cloak will put a little bat in your cat this Halloween!

Mysterious Missing Michigan Donkey Saved By Social Media
Posted on October 9, 2018

A donkey spotted walking down a road in rural southeastern Michigan has been returned to its owner after police posted pics of the bewildered burro on Facebook.

New Tokyo Gas Mascot Is A Flatulent Bear
Posted on October 7, 2018

Tokyo Gas's new teddy bear mascot named Paccho has disturbingly detailed buttocks that emit blue flames.