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.)

Panting Pooches Make Out Big-Time At Brazil's Love Hotel For Dogs
Posted on July 12, 2012

Brazil's new eight-story canine love hotel, Animalle Mundo Pet, aims to cater to those for whom the only style is doggy style.

Chinese Zoo Chimpanzee Lights Up Smokes, Guzzles Beer
Posted on July 11, 2012

“Please don't feed the animals”... but cigarettes and beer are OK? Visitors to a Chinese zoo have found a loophole in traditional zoo signage, to the delight of one chain-smoking chimpanzee.

Hyloscirtus Princecharlesi, A Prince Among Frogs
Posted on July 7, 2012

Environmental group Amphibian Ark named a dark brown, orange-spotted stream frog Hyloscirtus princecharlesi in recognition of the long-running conservation efforts made by Prince Charles, heir to the throne of Great Britain.

PETA's Painted People Pavement Protest Paralyzes Pamplona
Posted on July 5, 2012

Animal rights activists spelled out their opposition to bullfights, bull runs and other such “exploitive” events with their painted bodies before the traditional Running Of The Bulls at Spain's annual San Fermin festival.

Just Say Neigh: 10 Modern Horse Drawn Carriages
Posted on July 2, 2012

Need more horsepower? Get a horse! These 10 modern horse drawn carriages highlight some of the victors along with the vanquished.

Owl-Shaped Police Station Watches Over Tokyo
Posted on June 28, 2012

Tokyo is one of the world's safest large cities and the many small koban (police boxes) scattered throughout the city help keep it that way. The owl-shaped koban near Shibuya Station beautifully reinforces the message.

Orphaned Oregon Owls Enjoying Days Of Wine & Rodents
Posted on June 26, 2012

The Cascades Raptor Center has found ideal homes for orphaned barn owls raised & rehabilitated by the Center: organic wineries in search of natural, chemical-free pest control.

Nyan Cat Lives! Nine Cute Real Live Nyan Cats
Posted on June 25, 2012

These nine real live Nyan Cats show what happens when cat owners think an insufferably cute, surprisingly long-lived Internet meme would be even cuter when imposed upon their own long-suffering felines.

Golf Course's Grazing Goats Are Four-Legged Weed Eaters
Posted on June 21, 2012

Birdies, eagles and... goats? You'll find all three at Settlers' Ghost Golf Course now that Whipper and Snipper have been “hired” to weed the course.

A Puppy For Putin: Japanese Akita Pup Given To Russian President
Posted on June 20, 2012

Russian President (and dog-lover) Vladimir Putin is welcoming a new pet: a two-month-old Japanese Akita puppy of the same breed as the famous Hachiko!

Israeli & Palestinian Scientists Finger Cats As Culprits In Gaza Superbug Spread
Posted on June 19, 2012

A joint effort by Israeli and Palestinian scientists to uncover the source of a unique, fast-spreading MRSA “superbug” in Gaza has led to an unusual suspect: the many domestic and feral cats who call the crowded enclave home.

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.