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.)

Ghoul For Cats: The Top 10 Freakiest Scariest Halloween Cat Costumes
Posted on October 15, 2012

What are all the ghoul cats wearing this Halloween? Cats don't really take to wearing Halloween costumes (or costumes in general) so you can bet those that do feel as freaky and scary as they look!

Boo Wow! The Top 10 Freakiest Scariest Halloween Dog Costumes
Posted on October 8, 2012

Halloween may have been made for kids but judging by the looks of these ten freaky scary costumes, the end-of-October occult outing is definitely going to the dogs.

Wearable Wagging Tail Runs Off Brainwaves & Displays Your Moods
Posted on October 1, 2012

Cats and dogs can't state their feelings so they've evolved the ability to move their tails in ways that effectively telegraph their emotions.

Twisted “Driftwood Demon” Washes Up On Japanese Beach
Posted on September 27, 2012

I see your Montauk Monster and raise you something just as eerie but a lot less smelly: a wave-battered devilish “Driftwood Demon” found washed up on a remote Japanese beach.

Kitten Kitchen: The Top 10 Dish Rack Cats
Posted on September 24, 2012

Cat hair on your drying rack? It's more likely than you think, and it's even more likely there's an actual cat attached.

Posted on September 15, 2012

Got change for a fin? A Japanese art collective has been installing goldfish tank phone booths in urban Osaka, cleverly recycling these obsolete telecommunication relics while beautifying the streets of Japan's second-largest city.

THE DOG Earphone Jack Accessory: Puppies For Your Phone Plug
Posted on September 12, 2012

THE DOG Earphone Jack Accessory is an officially licensed smartphone charm that takes the popular big-headed puppies of "THE DOG And Friends: Artlist Collection” to the next level.

9,500-ton Super-Trawler Approved To Fish In Australian Waters
Posted on September 4, 2012

Shrugging off Greenpeace protesters like a dog shaking off a bad case of fleas, the Dutch-built super-trawler FV Margiris has been cleared to begin fishing in Australian waters off the coast of Tasmania.

Quack Muzzle Is A Duckface For Dogs
Posted on August 31, 2012

The dreaded Duckface lives! Japanese designer pet supplies maker OPPO introduces the Quack, a soft silicone dog muzzle designed to perform its function with comfort,  style and dignity... well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

Pandas Expressed: The Top 10 Animal Panda Lookalikes
Posted on August 30, 2012

Everyone loves pandas and would love to have one but they're rare bears, so what's a panda-lover (or low-budget zoo) to do? Make your own, of course, based on some other more common creature!

Rollback The Rainforest: The Top 13 Exotic Pets of Walmart
Posted on August 27, 2012

Walmart would seem to be the farthest one could get from our planet's inexorably vanishing rainforests, yet once you “roll back” the retail facade to reveal the real people populating America's favorite place to shop you'll find more exotic creatu

Jumping Spider Jumps Into Woman's Ear, Stays Three Days
Posted on August 12, 2012

Spiders living in your ears? It's more likely than you think. Just ask the unfortunate Chinese woman who had a Jumping Spider take up residence in her left ear for three days.

The Top 10 Funniest Zoo Signs Show Who The Real Animals Are
Posted on August 8, 2012

Zoo managers have tried to strike a balance between nanny-like scolding and gentle chiding to keep visitors on their best behavior. The results can be seen in this illustrated review of the top 10 funniest zoo signs... bars none.

Cat Tunnel Sofa Gives Cats A Place To Play When The Mice Are Away
Posted on August 2, 2012

The Cat Tunnel Sofa by Korean designer Seungji Mun combines a comfy cat-napping couch with what appears to be an inside-out hamster habitat.

Loyal To The End (& Beyond): History's 10 Most Faithful Dogs
Posted on July 30, 2012

These 10 remarkable dogs are famous for displaying loyalty that goes above and beyond what anyone might expect. Not all of them have had statues erected in their honor but you'd better believe each one of them is deserving.

Cat Hair Craft: 10 Cute & Kitschy Creations Made From Feline Fur
Posted on July 23, 2012

How much cat hair is TOO much? If you find yourself coughing up hairballs in the company of Little Miss Frisky, that's one clue... but what to do? Shave it, save it, belt it & felt it!

Furry Fuhrers: 8 Animals Who Look Like Hitler
Posted on July 17, 2012

Do these 8 creatures really display a definite resemblance to the nasty Nazi, or are we all just seeing faces in clouds?

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.