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.)

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Roadkill Cat By Shintaro Kago Is One Flattened Faux Feline
Posted on October 21, 2009

This delightfully disgusting roadkill cat toy promises loads of faux feline-fatale fun for the whole family - if you're the Addams Family.

Stray Cat Blues? Housewife's Invention Frustrates Freeloading Felines
Posted on September 23, 2009

Stray cats struttin' all over your garden? Chase away unwanted kitties with this homegrown anti-cat solution developed by a Japanese housewife tired of saying Hello Kitty.

Recycled Roof Tile Birdhouses Not Just For Clay Pigeons
Posted on September 7, 2009

Japanese designer Tomoko Azumi has found a use for previously non-recyclable ceramic roof tiles: each tile becomes the roof of a birdhouse.

Bunny Petting Cafe Has Rabbit Fans Hopping
Posted on August 30, 2009

Did you hare? Japan's Bunny Petting Cafe is the best thing in ears, and that's fur certain!

Japan Animal Referral Medical Center Calls For Dogs To Give Blood
Posted on July 5, 2009

The Japan Animal Referral Medical Center is hoping a recent Dog Blood Donor Clinic will convince owners it's better to give than to receive.

Wacky Cat Camera Attracts Frisky Felines With Cute Kitty Sounds
Posted on June 2, 2009

The Superheadz Holga K202 Cat Camera actually seems to work! Now if it only would work quietly, without all the silly cat noises... oops, that's the point.

Singing Dog Alarm Clock Features Soft Silicone Paws Button
Posted on April 19, 2009

The Singing Dog Alarm Clock provides pet-lovers with the paws that refreshes... along with a nutty, mutty Melody Alarm that'll have you reaching for a Little Brown Jug.

When Gloomy Bear Meets Hello Kitty, There Will Be Blood
Posted on February 26, 2009

Gloomy Bear meets Hello Kitty... or is that Gloomy Bear EATS Hello Kitty? If this violent and disturbing character combo is any indication, the backlash against Japan's culture of cuteness may have begun.

Bizarre 'Sand Puppies' Could Be Next Japanese Character Sensation
Posted on February 26, 2009

Naked mole rats dig deep into Japanese hearts... in a GOOD way. What were you thinking?

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Posted on February 17, 2009

Cold got you feeling down? Warm up with Nyantomo, because there's nothing like a warm kitty to get you feline fine!

Love Pets Sexy Lingerie Satisfies the Taste for Lace
Posted on November 24, 2008

Lingerie for pets... no, it's not what you're thinking. Best Ever's "Love Pets Sexy Lingerie" are bra & panty chew toy sets available in your choice of black, pink or white.