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.)

Plush Deep-Sea Octopus Charm Is Always On Call
Posted on December 7, 2017

The Deep Sea Fish Series Octopods Cell Phone Strap from Strapya World Hamee of Japan Sports 8 short tentacles and a pair of cat-like ears.

Fearless Child Plays With Wild Monkeys, Never Gets Bitten
Posted on November 30, 2017

Like most kids, an 18-month-old boy from southern India gets up to all sorts of monkeyshines. The difference is, his mischief-making involves a troop of actual monkeys.

Lobster Sports Pepsi Can Tattoo On Its Claw
Posted on November 30, 2017

A lobster caught off the east coast of Canada displays part of a Pepsi logo imprinted on its left claw.

World's Deepest Fish Officially Named & Described
Posted on November 29, 2017

The Mariana Snailfish (Pseudoliparis swirei) dwells over five miles below sea level in a world of crushing pressure and impenetrable darkness.

Polish Politician Caught Reading Cat Book In Parliament
Posted on November 28, 2017

Conservative politician and former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski was spied reading an illustrated book about cats during an official session of parliament.

Lost Baby Elephant Rescued From Croc-Infested River
Posted on November 28, 2017

A lost ten-day-old baby elephant is recovering after staff from a number of safari, travel and conservation organizations pitched in to rescue her from a river known to harbor Nile crocodiles.

Tourist Visiting Canada To See Polar Bears Gets His Wish... On The Bear's Terms
Posted on November 27, 2017

A tourist who visited Canada to see polar bears found himself on the other end of the microscope when an overly curious bruin mistook his SUV for a metal & glass lunch box.

Cute But Creepy 'Count Catula' Kitty Finds A Forever Home
Posted on November 27, 2017

A black cat with a a deformed, bat-like ear and a twisted fang has been adopted, scoring a badly-needed win for underdog cats and proving once again you can't judge a book – or a cat – by its cover.

Hands-Free Holiday Shopping Begins With A Reverse Poodle Papoose
Posted on November 26, 2017

Thanks to some redneck ingenuity, bringing your dog to Walmart doesn't have to be a chore for yourself, your pet, or the store's beleaguered aisle clean-up crew.

Good Samaritan Stray Dog Foils Brazen Street Robbery
Posted on November 25, 2017

A stray dog who REALLY deserves a forever home was filmed foiling an attempted robbery in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Bucket Head Buck Freed From Spooky Halloween Hangover
Posted on November 24, 2017

A deer with a sweet tooth found more tricks than treats when an orange plastic jack-o'-lantern bucket got caught on its head.

Monkey Masseuse Grooms Flea-Bitten Puppy
Posted on November 24, 2017

A touchy-feely monkey with an equal-opportunity attitude shows off its awesome grooming skills by grooming a grateful pet puppy through a chain-link fence.

Fish-Mooching Seal Trumped By Presidential Poster
Posted on November 23, 2017

An Irish seal notorious for mooching free meals at a seashore seafood restaurant seems to have a fear of Donald Trump.

Petflair Puts Your Pet's Face On A Swimsuit
Posted on November 22, 2017

Old and busted: Wetsuits. New hotness: Petsuits! Australian startup company Petflair will put your pet's photo on a men's or women's swimsuit.

Cat Missing For A Year Found 120 Miles Away
Posted on November 22, 2017

A gray tabby cat who went missing a year ago has been found, safe and sound, 120 miles away from his home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Greedy Gull Is No White Dwarf After Gulping Down A Starfish
Posted on November 17, 2017

A hungry sea gull may have lost an arms race with a starfish but ended up winning the battle... hands down.

First Cat In Space Félicette To Be Celebrated With A Statue
Posted on November 16, 2017

Félicette, the first cat to rocket into space, will be honored with a dedicated bronze statue in Paris thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that reached its funding target with mere hours to spare.

No Cheap Return For SONY's AIBO Robotic Pet Dog
Posted on November 14, 2017

SONY's AIBO robotic pet dog is returning to store shelves but Rover's return won't come cheap since SONY requires owners to subscribe to a pricey cloud back-up service.

Feline Felon Unlikely Suspect In Attempted Murder Investigation
Posted on November 13, 2017

Your Meow Mix or your life! Police in Japan suspect a stray cat found with blood on its claws is responsible for mauling an elderly woman.

The Beautiful Cat Endures In London's Highgate Cemetery
Posted on October 31, 2017

A uniquely beautiful feline tombstone marks the grave of Anna Clare Bootle, a young woman who passed away unexpectedly and is interred in London's historic Highgate Cemetery.

Bushed Badger Barges In, Beds Down For A Cat Nap
Posted on October 30, 2017

Badgers? We don't need any stinkin' badgers! A house-sitter in Scotland was shocked to find a badger who had entered through the cat flap was enjoying the mother of all cat naps.

Artisanal Scaled-Down Cat Furniture Promotes Japanese City's Craftsmen
Posted on October 28, 2017

Miniaturized furniture for cats marketed by a consortium of over a dozen Okawa City artisans is finally putting the furniture capital of Japan on the map.

Jack-o'-lantern Snake Adds Herpetology To Halloween
Posted on October 28, 2017

Snake breeders are turning pythons into pumpkins just in time for Halloween and unlike Cinderella's coach, there's no time limit on this not-so-magical transformation.

Rare Rescued Albino Orangutan Is Looking For A Safe Forest Island Home
Posted on October 27, 2017

A rare albino orangutan recently rescued from a village in Borneo has been given a popularly chosen name – Alba – and a chance to live in a protected “forest island” home if enough people donate to support her cause.

Tortoise-Surfing Rattlesnake Kicks Back & Relaxes
Posted on October 26, 2017

The desert sand is hot and you've got neither arms nor legs to help you rise above it. What to do? Hitch a ride on a passing tortoise and take a load off your, er, belly.