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.)

Bad Kitties: The Top 10 'Beware Of Cat” Signs
Posted on June 18, 2012

These 10 “Beware of Cat” signs spell out what experienced cat-owners, shell-shocked door-to-door salesmen and well-meaning macho mutts know all too well: mess with the cat, you get the claws! 

Five New Arctic Wolf Pups At Denmark's Knuthenborg Safari Park Think Life's One Big Yawn
Posted on June 15, 2012

Though at least one of the five new Arctic Wolf pups was seemingly unimpressed with the world outside his birth den, Knuthenborg Safari Park's visitors and staff found their first emergence into daylight well worth howling about!

Stray Pink Chinese Crested Hairless Dog
Posted on June 13, 2012

A pink-skinned, nearly hairless creature spotted roaming the streets of Xinxiang had locals wondering if the result of a genetic experiment gone horribly wrong had escaped from a nearby medical research center.

10 Bizarre Bats You Won't Want To Meet On A Dark Knight
Posted on June 11, 2012

These 10 bizarre bats take ugliness to the next level, in fact, and we're talkin' cracked mirror, turn-to-stone ugly. If you don't believe me, check 'em out... but be sure to hide the kids first.

Jaws UK: Fishing Friends Reel In & Release Largest Shark Ever Caught In British Waters
Posted on June 7, 2012

A pair of British fishermen hooked a lot more than they bargained for when an enormous Porbeagle shark grabbed the line and took them for a 90-minute, mile-long Nantucket Sleighride.

Watch Out! More People Reporting Bites By Increasingly Toxic Snakes
Posted on June 5, 2012

Here's some news that'll rattle you: as North America warms up and snakes become more active, reports of snake bites are up... and so is the toxicity of their venom.

Kitty Hawk: Flying Feline Enjoys An Uplifting Afterlife As A Helicopter
Posted on June 4, 2012

Stuffed and “reborn” as The Orvillecopter, a formerly earthbound kitty now flies the friendly skies courtesy of four paw-mounted propellers and a hand-held remote control.

Deadly Blue-ringed Octopus Expanding Its Range Due To Global Warming
Posted on May 31, 2012

The Blue-ringed Octopus is one of nature's deadliest creatures and warmer ocean waters are allowing the pretty poisonous 'pus to expand its range into areas swimmers and surfers had thought were safe.

When Dolphins Attack: Furious Flipper Bites The Hands That Fed Him
Posted on May 30, 2012

A dolphin living in a canal in Slidell, Louisiana may have bitten off more than it can chew – never a good idea when the things being bitten are boaters and swimmers of the human persuasion.

Bizarre Chinese Chicken's Egg Has A Tail To Tell
Posted on May 30, 2012

An inch & a half long tail trailing from the otherwise unremarkable egg's aft end isn't as rare as it seems, though in appreciation of its layer we'll say “well done!”

Rare Pair Of White Deer Brighten Up Ontario Backyard
Posted on May 26, 2012

A pair of snow white deer spotted in a London, Ontario backyard brightened up one homeowner's morning and, if folk legends can believed, just may have brought him good luck.

Shark Dome Bed Keeps Kitty Purry Perfectly Pretty
Posted on May 24, 2012

The Shark Dome Bed may look nightmarish from the outside but inside it's as clean and fresh as can be. Take superstar celebrity singer-songwriter Katy Perry's word for it: her cat “Kitty Purry” won't sleep anywhere else.

Upcycled Apple iMac Pet Bed Makes Your Cat A Screen Star
Posted on May 20, 2012

Now's the time to “Think Different” as upcycled Apple iMac Pet Beds take high-tech catnapping to the next level.

Vienna's First 'Cat Cafe' Offers Service With A Meow
Posted on May 17, 2012

Cafe Neko, Vienna's first licensed “katzenkaffeehaus” or cat cafe, serves jaded Viennese and tourists alike a fluffy slice of modern Japanese culture.

Posted on May 16, 2012

Kimono my doghouse? The latest trend in four-legged formal wear are kimonos specially tailored to fit Fido and Fifi... samurai swords and geisha girl hairdos not included.

Three-Clawed Lobster Grabs Limelight With A Handy Extra Claw
Posted on May 13, 2012

An odd Atlantic Lobster is a crustacean sensation after surprising fishermen with its fully functional extra snapper.

'Germany's Ugliest Parrot' Is The Leipzig Zoo's Newest Animal Celebrity
Posted on May 12, 2012

Nelson, a newborn Kea parrot rejected by his parents upon hatching, has been described as looking like “a cross between a roast chicken and an alien.”

Calvin The Calico Lobster Beats The Odds, Avoids The Dinner Plate
Posted on May 10, 2012

A strikingly patterned "calico" lobster thought to be a 1 in 30 million occurrence was discovered in an unlikely location: a New England seafood restaurant's 1,200 gallon lobster holding tank.

Swiss Army Zoo? The Animal Pocket Knife is Edgy Eco Art
Posted on May 9, 2012

The Animal Pocket Knife by designer David Suhami was inspired by both the famous Swiss Army Knife and the animals with whom we share our planet... quite a few of which live nowhere near Switzerland.

Hand Dog Leash Makes Taking Fido For Walkies A More Human Experience
Posted on May 8, 2012

Walk hand in “hand” through the park, down the street, all the places lovers meet with the Hand Dog Leash from Alice Wang Design.

Taunted Elephant in Chinese Zoo Rocks Stone-throwers' World
Posted on May 2, 2012

Rock-throwers at the Wuhan Zoo in central China obviously haven't heard the old maxim, “elephants never forget.” The lesson was reinforced recently when 13-year-old Ahai got fed up with being pelted with stones, mud and plastic bottles by moronic

'Adidog' Hoodie Athletic Suits Suit Sporty Puppies
Posted on April 29, 2012

“Adidog” hoodie athletic vests & onesies kick your pup's wardrobe into high gear! Available in five sporty color combinations and a wide range of sizes, these sporty dog togs are a shoe-in for any fashionable pooch.

Poodle USB Hub Connects Your Four Legs
Posted on April 27, 2012

The Poodle USB Hub from Kikkerland works WITH your laptop or desktop computer, providing four USB 2.0 hi-speed ports to better connect your essential peripherals.

Citrus-Scented CritterCord Covers Keep Chewers from Chomping Cords
Posted on April 26, 2012

CritterCord Citrus-Scented Covers gently dissuade pets from chewing on cords while giving pet-owners peace of mind.

Think Ink: The World's 10 Cutest Squids
Posted on April 26, 2012

Squid Vicious? Fuhgeddaboudit, ya rotten punk! These 10 cute squids have got eight arms to hold you, they're suckers for affection and you don't have to be a Sperm Whale or a seafood aficionado to enjoy them.