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.)

Minecraft Wolf SquishMe Is A Mashable Mascot
Posted on July 18, 2018

The Minecraft Wolf SquishMe mascot from Evolete is one of 8 squeezable characters from the popular sandbox video game.

Comatose Woman Had Bought Venomous Snake Online As A Pet
Posted on July 17, 2018

A young woman from Weinan, China who bought a highly venomous snake from an online retailer is now comatose with no brain activity after her new serpentine pet bit her on the finger.

Snake Nabbed Nom-Nom-Noming On Wife's Pink Nightgown
Posted on July 15, 2018

A Thai man said 'nightie-night' to a snake caught in the act of Reptile Robe-ery – aka the act of eating one's wife's silk nightgown.

Polar Bears Chew Plastic Washed Ashore On Remote Arctic Island
Posted on July 13, 2018

Distressing photos snapped by Sail Against Plastic show a mother polar bear and her two cubs chewing on plastic waste that washed ashore in Svalbard, one of Europe's northernmost islands.

ALERT: IKEA Recalling LURVIG Pet Water Dispensers
Posted on July 12, 2018

IKEA has issued a global recall for their LURVIG pet water dispensers after two dogs perished when their heads became trapped in the device's plastic dome.

Weird Wall Nipple Cat Treat Takes A Lickin' From Your Kitten
Posted on July 11, 2018

The GaoX-H Cat Treat Sugar Ball sticks to solid surfaces and provides your cat with nutrition, energy and entertainment with each and every lick.

Starving Arctic Fox Rescued From Teetering Iceberg
Posted on July 10, 2018

An arctic fox trapped on a tray-shaped iceberg off the east coast of Canada was rescued by a pair of crab fishermen armed only with Vienna sausages and a dip net.

Busybody Bruin Shares Selfie With Québec Smokey Bears
Posted on July 9, 2018

A pair of Québec provincial police officers must have looked like steak on a stake-out to an overly inquisitive black bear who stopped to share a selfie.

Rescuers Remove Wild Wolf's Head From Plastic Jar
Posted on July 6, 2018

A wild Indian wolf who was on the verge of starvation after getting its head stuck in a plastic jar is back with his pack after rangers from a nearby tiger reserve carefully removed the carelessly discarded jug.

Wannabe Crayfish Tasters Compete To Claw Back Big Bucks
Posted on July 5, 2018

A Chinese seafood company seeking 'professional crayfish tasters' is promising successful applicants up to $75,000 annually but passing their tests is anything but a snap.

Deer Suffer Close Shave Breaking In & Out Of Mississippi Barber Shop
Posted on July 4, 2018

Can we get a trim for a few bucks? A trio of deer crashed through the front window of a Brookhaven, Mississippi barber shop before busting back out again.

Duck Tales From Walmart, Part One
Posted on July 3, 2018

A woman caught walking her pet duck at an Ohio Walmart at least had the decency to re-leash the quacker.

Frozen Russian Rescue Kitten Finds Warm Forever Home
Posted on July 2, 2018

A man who took the time to check a 'little ball of wool' frozen to a snowy sidewalk has been repaid with the lifelong love of a beautiful (though now tail-less) cat.

Scotland's Heaviest Hedgehog Put On Crash Diet
Posted on June 30, 2018

A hedgehog rescued before last winter because he seemed 'too light' to survive fattened up so much that he can't return to the wild, even if he wanted to.

Airbus's New Beluga XL Jet Transport Smiles For The Cameras
Posted on June 29, 2018

The first of five Beluga XL transport aircraft rolled out of Airbus's paint shop in Toulouse, France, sporting special cetacean smiley-face livery voted for by 20,000 company employees.

Fairfax County Firefighters Rescue Alarmed Hummingbird
Posted on June 28, 2018

A distressed humming bird who flew into a Fairfax County fire station learned why our first responders are held in such high regard.

Cowboy's Horse Rides Shotgun In A Motorcycle Sidecar
Posted on June 27, 2018

That's one way to add a little horsepower - an Idaho rancher who has a horse and a motorcycle has combined the best of both worlds by rigging up a sidecar for his stallion companion.

Warning: Pool Noodles May Contain Rattlesnakes
Posted on June 26, 2018

A rare “Pool Noodle Alert” issued by the City of Buckeye (Arizona) Fire Department warns homeowners to check the colorful foam pool toys for rattlesnakes before they let their children swim with them.

Chinese Airline To Allow Pets In Passenger Cabins
Posted on June 26, 2018

Hainan Airlines will allow passengers to bring up to two pets with them on domestic flights from nine Chinese cities, though some costs and restrictions apply.

Rat Snake Stows Away On Rattling Walmart Shopping Cart
Posted on June 25, 2018

A Walmart shopper stuck with a rattling cart found that instead of a loose wheel, a stowaway snake was causing the problem.

'Culvert Cat' Caught On Camera Crossing Freeways Via Underground Tunnel
Posted on June 24, 2018

The so-called “Culvert Cat” is the only mountain lion recorded using a two-football-field-long underground tunnel to cross busy Southern California freeways.

Nothing's Fishy About This Cat Food Can Makeup Pouch
Posted on June 23, 2018

This cute cat food can makeup pouch features a faux pull tab on its lid but closes with a zipper so kitty won't come running.

Money-Hungry Rats Make ATM Crash By Eating All The Cash
Posted on June 22, 2018

Rats with expensive tastes invaded an ATM machine in northeastern India and chewed up over $17,000 worth of rupee banknotes.

Rescued Kitten Was Really A Wild Bobcat Kit
Posted on June 21, 2018

Turns out an abandoned kitten rescued from a busy parking lot by a good samaritan wasn't actually a kitten – it's a wild bobcat kit.

Tiny Rescued Seahorse Trapped In Fishing Line Returns To The Ocean
Posted on June 20, 2018

A tiny female seahorse named 'Frito' will once again ride the waves after rescuers removed fishing line from her neck and relocated the rehabbed fish back to her marine stomping grounds.