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.)

Jolly Bali Monkeys Say Yes To More Than The Dress
Posted on April 20, 2012

A Taiwanese girl sight-seeing in Bali served up more than she expected when a pair of promiscuous primates went ape for the gorilla their dreams.

The Top Ten Dogs of Walmart: Uncaged, Unleashed & Unbelievable!
Posted on April 18, 2012

If you thought the People of Walmart had gone to the dogs, imagine how bizarre their dogs are. Better yet, spare your imagination and brace yourself for The Top Ten Dogs of Walmart!

Blown-Away Baby Owl Boosted Back To Its Nest
Posted on April 18, 2012

A baby Great Horned Owl blown out of its nest by high winds has been successfully reunited with its fluffy sibling, thanks to the efforts of tree-climbing Toronto Wildlife Centre staffers.

Cute Cheap Superman Suit For Canine Crime-fighters On A Budget
Posted on April 16, 2012

This cute two-piece Superman suit for dogs includes accessory arms and a cape so your canine Clark Kent can terrier-ize those criminal kitties like never before!

Japanese Schoolgirl is Falcon Good at Fighting Pesky Crows
Posted on April 13, 2012

While other methods of scaring away the pests have failed, 17-year-old student Misato Ishibashi and her 7-year-old male falcon “Momotaro” know just how to get the flock out.

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Posted on April 12, 2012

Paro, Japan's cute & cuddly seal pup therapy robot, has begun soothing and comforting elderly residents of a senior care center in Montreal, Quebec.

Curve Pet Bed is the Cat's (and Dog's) Pyjamas
Posted on April 11, 2012

The space-saving Curve Pet Bed from Japanese designer Akemi Tanaka offers dogs and cats a cozy, padded place of their own tucked out of harm's way against an interior room wall.

Tattooed Pigs Blur the Line Between Art and Abuse
Posted on April 10, 2012

Tattooing animals for cosmetic purposes really gets under some people's skins... just imagine how these pigs feel.

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Posted on April 8, 2012

Sure kittens are tiny and cute but Marshmallow, a fluffy white feline furball born prematurely, may be the tiniest and cutest of them all.

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Posted on April 5, 2012

Shironeko, a long-time Internet pet phenomenon described as “The Most Relaxed Cat In The World,” lives in Japan and loves baskets.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.