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.)

SmartPet Robot Dogs from Bandai Rock Your iPhone Dock
Posted on April 1, 2012

The Bandai SMARTPET Robot Dog for iPhone and iPod Touch is a smartphone dock taken to the next level. It's also the coolest virtual pet to come along since the legendary Tamagotchi.

“So Happy Smiling Cat” - A Feel-Good Feline Fur Sure!
Posted on March 28, 2012

“So Happy Smiling Cat” hails originally from Japan but for the past couple of years this quietly satisfied, exultantly beaming cat's real home has been the Internet.

Panda Shorts: Do You Dare to Go Bear?
Posted on March 18, 2012

Panda Shorts are cute, comfortable, and as wild as their namesakes roaming the forested hills and valleys of Szechuan, China. Do you dare to go bear, or will the sight of Panda Shorts make you eat, shoot and leave?

Cute Lovely Cat Watering Pot from Japan Makes Gardening More Fun
Posted on March 16, 2012

Styled to please cat-lovers, gardeners or both, the Lovely Cat Watering Pot is a pretty plastic pail that pours water from its tail.

Posted on March 12, 2012

Hair of the Dog before St. Patrick's Day? It goes with the territory when you're Man's Best Friend but with one important difference: dogs don't drink and they don't get drunk (without irresponsible human connivance).

Chinese Fossils Suggest Giant Fleas Feasted on Dinosaur Blood
Posted on March 6, 2012

Astonishingly detailed fossils of giant fleas found in Northern China indicate the long-extinct masters of the Mesozoic Era were itched by inch-long tormenters.

China's Most Loyal Dog Waits While His Owner Works
Posted on March 1, 2012

From 9 to 5 on weekdays Wang Cai, a former homeless pooch from Chongqing, China, waits outside the Minsheng Bank building patiently counting down the minutes to quitting time and a daily reunion with his owner.

Dretec T-188 Dachshund Fridge Magnet Timer
Posted on February 29, 2012

Wee paws while your food cooks? The T-188 Dachshund Timer from Dretec sticks to your refrigerator door while counting down the minutes and seconds before dinner's ready.

Squid Skin, the All-Natural Eco-Friendly Anti-Aging Supplement
Posted on February 24, 2012

Squid skin's good for you... who knew? Taiwan's Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) has found that squid skin, a "useless" by-product of the calamari industry, can be processed into a beneficial anti-aging health supplement.

Posted on February 14, 2012

Enough with The Grey, it's time to think pink! An arctic wolf at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, decided to celebrate Valentine's Day in his own unique way.

Posted on February 8, 2012

China's netizens are all a'twitter over so-called “worshiping cats” embedded into the background design of the country's 100 yuan notes.

Posted on January 22, 2012

Love cats but your landlord doesn't? Stressed-out Tokyo cat fanciers now have the purr-fect alternative.

Cholera Infected Bullfrogs Could Cause Chinese Gourmets to Croak
Posted on June 3, 2011

Amphibian gourmets in Shanghai, China are hopping mad after health authorities discovered cholera bacteria during inspection and testing of bullfrogs from fresh food markets.

Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets Make Your Planet Cooler
Posted on April 28, 2011

Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets are low-maintenance "pets" you don't need to feed - just give 'em a cool space inside your cooler. 

Social Media Showdown Saves 500 Doomed Chinese Dogs
Posted on April 21, 2011

China may not get the best press when it comes to animals – endangered or otherwise – but a dramatic highway showdown organized through social media will surely help change an unpleasant stereotype.

Fossil 'Walking Cactus' May Be Missing Link Between Worms and Arthropods
Posted on February 25, 2011

Diania Cactiformis, a Cambrian fossil creature nicknamed the 'walking cactus', is revealing how arthropods (insects, spiders and crustaceans) evolved their jointed legs.

Digi-Piggy Bank From Cisco Makes Saving Simpler Than Ever
Posted on February 17, 2011

A twist on the simple piggy bank, the Digi-Piggy by Cisco keeps track of every penny a child saves for a rainy day, all in a cute and clever package.

Cute Kitty Coin Bank Plays Cat & Mouse With Your Loose Change
Posted on December 31, 2010

The Sutakora Coin Bank is a cute musical coin bank from Japan that serenades savers with an adorable tune while playing cat & mouse with your loose change.

Posted on October 24, 2010

Japanese Halloween costumes range from silly to strange to bizarre. This one, however, is so out there it's off the scale.

Cute Elephant Tape Dispensers Help With Desktop Tusks, er, Tasks
Posted on September 4, 2010

These cute elephant tape dispenser designs from Japan are too good-looking to leave in your trunk, and their compact size is anything but jumbo.

Posted on August 15, 2010

The Ice Aquarium in northeastern Japan's Miyagi Prefecture offers parka-clad visitors an eye to ice view of over 450 sea creatures, suspended for easy viewing within frozen blocks of polished ice.

Posted on May 27, 2010

These colorful silicone animal rubberbands stretch like regular loop rubberbands, then snap back to their cute original shapes.

Pet Umbrella Keeps Your Canine Companion Covered
Posted on March 17, 2010

Raindrops keep falling on my pet... no more! The rather blandly named Pet Umbrella is just what you and your raincoat-hating dog have always wanted.

Japan Snake Center Keeps Visitors Hungry For More
Posted on January 29, 2010

At Japan Snake Center, snakes put bite on you! Actually it's the other way around, just visit their cafeteria.

Kangaroo Liquor Goes Down Well In Japan's Outback
Posted on December 2, 2009

Kangaroos? In my Japan? It's more likely than you think and now it's inspired a drink!