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.)

Claws Walk: 10 More Weird Animal Road Crossing Signs
Posted on March 6, 2019

Either too many animals want to cross roads, or we're building too many darned roads. At least someone's making an effort to ensure our furred, feathered, and even scaled friends don't end up as roadkill.

Kind Russian Policeman Helps Dog Cross Road Safely
Posted on March 5, 2019

A Russian policeman who spied a dog eager to cross a busy thoroughfare made sure traffic stopped to let the pedestrian pooch pass unimpeded.

Give Your Dog A Bone Trim
Posted on March 4, 2019

Why settle for a boring pet trim when the Igogo Pet Salon will nick-nack, paddy-wack, give your dog a bone trim!

Signs Of The Beasts: The Top 10 Weird Animal Road Crossing Signs
Posted on March 2, 2019

So-called 'zebra crossings' aren't just for zebras (actually they're not for zebras at all) but it's good to know that all creatures great and small deserve – and often get – their very own dedicated crossing signs.

Starbucks Cat & Dog-Themed Coffee Cups For Thirsty Pet Owners
Posted on February 28, 2019

These reusable personalized Starbucks coffee cups allow pet owners to raise a toast to their furry friends while making the world a cleaner, greener, more pet-friendly place.

Pet-Friendly Hair Dryer Fluffs Fur With Negative Ions & Ozone
Posted on February 27, 2019

The Pétion stationary pet fur dryer not only runs cooler than human-use hair blowers, it also bathes your dog, cat, bunny or ferret in antiseptic negative ions and invigorating ozone.

DoggyMan Combo Exercise Bike Lets You Work Out With Your Woofer
Posted on February 26, 2019

The DoggyMan people+pets fitness machine combines an indoor exercise bike with a pet-sized treadmill.

Chicago Pet Shop & Seafood Store Share And Share Alike
Posted on February 25, 2019

Tropical fish – the other white meat? A pet shop and a seafood store on Chicago's eclectic W Lawrence Ave may have shared more than just the same phone number.

Feline Fuzz: 10 More Claw-Abiding Police Cats
Posted on February 25, 2019

These 10 cat constables are patrolling your kitty city, keeping tabbies on all manner of catnip crooks, thieves, and unauthorized shiners of the ever-elusive red dot.

Just Peachy: The Top 10 Orange Animals
Posted on February 21, 2019

These 10 orange animals reflect the tropic tints of summer sunsets, juicy carrots and warm campfires.

Vampire Crabs Successfully Bred At British Zoo
Posted on February 19, 2019

The Lower Vertebrates & Invertebrates team at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, UK, has something to shell-abrate after successfully breeding exotic Vampire Crabs for the very first time.

Cute Creepy Cat Snout Brooches Are The Kitten's Whiskers
Posted on February 15, 2019

Just say 'nose' to these overly realistic disembodied cat snout brooches that combine cute and creepy with the emphasis on the latter.

Snapcat, An Android App Allowing Cats To Take & Post Photos
Posted on February 13, 2019

Snapcat is the very first social photo sharing app for cats, featuring photos taken by cats.

Google Street View's Top 10 Accidental Animals
Posted on February 13, 2019

Since May of 2007, Google Street View has been panoramically mapping the world's highways and byways while coincidentally snapping who (or what) ever happens to be around at the time, including the odd animal or two... or even ten!

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Cat Has A Measurable Issue
Posted on February 12, 2019

This cute cat thought he'd finally licked his OCD problem until his owners whipped out the tape measure. Sign that cat to a contract... working in the mail room!

Call Me Cuckoo: The Top 10 Animals Named After Their Sounds
Posted on February 12, 2019

Well howler 'bout that? These ten animals make sounds so distinctive their calls, growls, chirps and yowls became the names they're now known as.

Wildlife Endangered By Unused Soccer Nets
Posted on February 11, 2019

Soccer may be 'the beautiful game' but the sport's increasing popularity is making life ugly for nocturnal wildlife trapped in the tough webbing of unoccupied goal nets.

Cat Found Frozen In Montana Snowbank Makes Full Recovery
Posted on February 9, 2019

A Kalispell kitty who become lost in drifting snow can warmly recall her chilling ordeal thanks to local veterinarians who managed to reheat 'Frosty' back to 'Fluffy'.

Chill Kitty Walks Across Wintery City Crosswalk
Posted on February 6, 2019

A clever ginger cat from Belarus is making the most of its nine lives by patiently waiting at a crosswalk until road traffic had come to a stop.

Taiwan Pet Spa Pampers Pooches With Full Body Mud Shampoos
Posted on February 5, 2019

A full-service pet spa in Taiwan imports high-end charcoal and mud shampoos and conditioners to make sure even the most pretentious pet comes out smelling like roses.

Majestic In Magenta: The Top 10 Pink Animals
Posted on February 4, 2019

Call 'em blush, flush, rose or fuchsia - when an animal’s prime pigment is pink, the results can be strikingly beautiful… they don’t call it 'shocking pink' for nothing!

Hello Kitty Cat Costume has Gone to the Cats & Dogs
Posted on February 1, 2019

Hello Kitty suits are the cat's meow in Japan; so much so that even dogs want to get in on the act!

Alpaca Who Fled French Farm Seen Shopping For Eyewear
Posted on January 29, 2019

An escaped alpaca who thought dark shades might help him elude his pursuers was found inside an optician's shop, casually browsing the eyewear displays.

Rilakkuma Notebooks Make Schoolwork Cool Work
Posted on January 28, 2019

Rilakkuma notebooks featuring Japan's most relaxed character and his cute pals are the perfect fix for those who just can't 'bear' being back at school.

Sand Point Sea Lions Angling To Put The Bite On Anglers
Posted on January 25, 2019

Aggressive sea lions in Sand Point, Alaska have once again targeted local fisherman by leaping out of the sea to inflict painful bites.