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.)

New Lobster Emoji Is Now Anatomically Correct
Posted on February 22, 2018

The recently approved lobster emoji is now new and IMPROVED, thanks to online decapod devotees who noticed something was amiss in the leg department.

Italian Stallion Prances With Wolves
Posted on February 21, 2018

An apparently fearless horse wasn't going to let a pack of wolves deter it from enjoying a frolic in the snowy mountains of central Italy.

Beachcombing Pup And Curious Seal Share A Kiss
Posted on February 19, 2018

A woman walking her dog on a British beach recorded a meeting 'sealed with a kiss' when a marine mammal came ashore and planted one right on her pup's kisser.

Dumpster-Diving Hong Kong 'Boar King' Is One Big Pig... Or Is It?
Posted on February 13, 2018

What appears to be an enormous wild boar was caught on camera chowing down on a dumpster in front of a Hong Kong kindergarten.

Mummified Hound Dog Stuck Inside Hollow Oak Tree For 60 Years
Posted on February 12, 2018

Meet 'Stuckie', a mummified hound dog stuck inside and preserved by a hollow oak tree since 1960.

Snarling Coyote Puts The Bite On Family's Car
Posted on February 8, 2018

Coyote ugly indeed: a wandering wily coyote later found to be rabid snarled at, stared down and chewed on a family's car, presumably a Plymouth Roadrunner.

Rescued Blue Jay Can Imitate Cat's Meow
Posted on February 6, 2018

A rescued Blue Jay named Flop isn't just the cat's meow, the bold bird can imitate the familiar feline mew after being raised in a house with pet cats.

Dude, Where's My Dog? “Roof Roof!”
Posted on February 5, 2018

Dogs get up to the craziest things including, in the case of one Texas homeowner, the roof.

Walmart Shopping Cat Loves Low Prices, High Places
Posted on February 4, 2018

Forget 'Always Low Prices', this cat snapped shopping with their owner at Walmart wants to save money and live better by taking a load off their paws.

Cats Who Can't Stand Catnip Crave Smack Silverine
Posted on February 2, 2018

If catnip leaves your cat cold, Smack Silverine – a finely-ground powder made from the Silver Vine plant – can bring out their inner kitten.

Furball Warming: Cool Cat Cuddles Up To Electric Heater
Posted on February 1, 2018

A rescued former stray cat from Japan is determined to never be cold again, so he spends winter's chilly days snuggled up to his owner's electric space heater.

Runaway Cow Hooks Up With Herd Of Bison
Posted on January 29, 2018

A domestic cow who escaped from a Polish farm last autumn survived the winter by horning in, so to speak, with a herd of wild European Bison.

Missing Cat Found Inside Homeowner's New Wooden Staircase
Posted on January 26, 2018

Norwegian wood wasn't so good for a house cat trapped inside a newly-finished staircase.

Penguins At Edinburgh Zoo Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day With A Bubble Machine
Posted on January 24, 2018

While President Trump was celebrating the first anniversary of his inauguration on January 20th, penguins at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland celebrated Penguin Awareness Day with their nifty new bubble machine. Where would you rather be?

Bronx Zoo Brings Back Name-a-Roach Program For Valentine's Day
Posted on January 22, 2018

Roaches are forever, it's been said, and with any luck your love will last a lifetime as well. The Bronx Zoo's popular Name-a-Roach program is a great way to show your SO just how much they mean to you on Valentine's Day.

Washington D.C. Finds New, Effective, Humane Way To Put Rats On Ice
Posted on January 19, 2018

Washington D.C.'s Division of Public Works has found a way to stop rats cold – VERY cold – using non-toxic dry ice.

Call Of The Wildlife: Tech-Loving Raccoon Raids Mobile Phone Store
Posted on January 18, 2018

Who was that masked mammal, could it be Robbery Raccoon?

Post-Wedding Photo Shoots With Your Cat Make The Perfect Honeymewn
Posted on January 17, 2018

An innovative wedding photographer brings newlyweds and their pet cats closer through inclusive post-wedding photo shoots.

Neko Face Toilet Paper Holder Turns Bathrooms To Cat Rooms
Posted on January 15, 2018

This cute cat-faced toilet paper holder from Japan will keep tabs on your bathroom tissue while adding a dash of frisky whiskered charm to any home or office restroom.

Hairless Bear Cub Found In Dumpster Freaks Out Area Residents
Posted on January 12, 2018

A hairless 'creature' rescued from a California dumpster had the locals flummoxed until an animal rescue group determined it was just a mangy bear cub.

Winnie The Wombat Is 31 Years Young!
Posted on January 11, 2018

Winnie the wombat, believed to be the world's oldest living wombat, recently celebrated her 31st birthday in grand style with a custom-made birthday cake.

Friendly Crocodile Begs Fishermen For Scraps
Posted on January 10, 2018

A crocodile who waits for fish-cleaners to toss scraps is said to be friendly, though it's more likely he knows not to bite (off) the hands that feed him.

Godzilla Humidifier Makes Steam, Makes You Scream
Posted on January 9, 2018

2018 is here - did you mist it? The brand new, sound-enabled and LED-equipped Godzilla humidifier is the only steam-breathing moisture monster you'll ever need.

Political Dessert: The Top 10 Democratic Party Donkey Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookies
Posted on January 8, 2018

Happy 190th Birthday to the Democratic Party, founded on January 8th of 1828. These ten cakes feature the party's popular (though not official) symbol, the humble donkey.

Rescued Fox And Hound Are Real-Life BFFs
Posted on January 5, 2018

Foxes and dogs don't usually get along so the warm friendship between a rescued Red Fox and a pet terrier is as surprising as it is heartwarming.