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.)

Goat To Walmart, Bring Your Kid
Posted on August 6, 2018

Good on this couple for not leaving their 'kid' at home or in the car while shopping at Walmart. Bonus points for the backpack carrier resplendent in shades of graze.

Owl Trolls Photographer By Posing In Front Of Sign
Posted on August 2, 2018

Does this sign make me look fat? An endangered Burrowing Owl appears to be in full troll mode as it stands beneath a sign reminding park visitors that 'molesting' owls is a crime.

Russian Man Shares Watermelon With Pet Bear
Posted on August 1, 2018

Or should we say, 'In post-soviet Russia, bear share watermelon with YOU!'

Dog Named Lucifer Alerts Man To House Fire
Posted on July 28, 2018

A devilishly good pooch named Lucifer wasn't about to let his owner (and his house) go up in flames without satan, er, sayin' something first.

Brave Girl Rescues Shark Trapped By Pounding Surf
Posted on July 26, 2018

Girl meets shark, girl rescues shark! A teenager walking along the rocky Rhode Island coastline saved a distressed dogfish shark being battered by the waves.

Feline 'Invigilator' Keeps Cat's Eye On Exam Writers
Posted on July 25, 2018

Students writing exams at a Chinese college were monitored by an all-seeing, all-knowing and all-purring cat invigilator.

Accident-Prone Koala Gets Head Stuck In Fence
Posted on July 24, 2018

A 'serial offender' koala with a penchant for misadventure had to be rescued once again after getting its head stuck in a power station's metal fence.

World's Largest Pigeon Hatches At UK Zoo
Posted on July 23, 2018

The Chester Zoo is pleased to announce the hatching of a Victoria Crowned Pigeon, a member of the Pigeon family that can grow to the size of a turkey.

Cat's Paw Bangle Wrist Watch Makes Quite An Impression
Posted on July 20, 2018

An embossed cat's paw print on the inner surface of the 'Neko' Bangle Wrist Watch's band will leave a similarly-shaped mark on your skin, which is not in any way creepy.

Masked House Raider Just Wanted To Use The Bathroom
Posted on July 19, 2018

A California homeowner called the cops after an ill-mannered raccoon occupied their bathroom and refused to vacate... er, leave.

Minecraft Wolf SquishMe Is A Mashable Mascot
Posted on July 18, 2018

The Minecraft Wolf SquishMe mascot from Evolete is one of 8 squeezable characters from the popular sandbox video game.

Comatose Woman Had Bought Venomous Snake Online As A Pet
Posted on July 17, 2018

A young woman from Weinan, China who bought a highly venomous snake from an online retailer is now comatose with no brain activity after her new serpentine pet bit her on the finger.

Snake Nabbed Nom-Nom-Noming On Wife's Pink Nightgown
Posted on July 15, 2018

A Thai man said 'nightie-night' to a snake caught in the act of Reptile Robe-ery – aka the act of eating one's wife's silk nightgown.

Polar Bears Chew Plastic Washed Ashore On Remote Arctic Island
Posted on July 13, 2018

Distressing photos snapped by Sail Against Plastic show a mother polar bear and her two cubs chewing on plastic waste that washed ashore in Svalbard, one of Europe's northernmost islands.

ALERT: IKEA Recalling LURVIG Pet Water Dispensers
Posted on July 12, 2018

IKEA has issued a global recall for their LURVIG pet water dispensers after two dogs perished when their heads became trapped in the device's plastic dome.

Weird Wall Nipple Cat Treat Takes A Lickin' From Your Kitten
Posted on July 11, 2018

The GaoX-H Cat Treat Sugar Ball sticks to solid surfaces and provides your cat with nutrition, energy and entertainment with each and every lick.

Starving Arctic Fox Rescued From Teetering Iceberg
Posted on July 10, 2018

An arctic fox trapped on a tray-shaped iceberg off the east coast of Canada was rescued by a pair of crab fishermen armed only with Vienna sausages and a dip net.

Busybody Bruin Shares Selfie With Québec Smokey Bears
Posted on July 9, 2018

A pair of Québec provincial police officers must have looked like steak on a stake-out to an overly inquisitive black bear who stopped to share a selfie.

Rescuers Remove Wild Wolf's Head From Plastic Jar
Posted on July 6, 2018

A wild Indian wolf who was on the verge of starvation after getting its head stuck in a plastic jar is back with his pack after rangers from a nearby tiger reserve carefully removed the carelessly discarded jug.

Wannabe Crayfish Tasters Compete To Claw Back Big Bucks
Posted on July 5, 2018

A Chinese seafood company seeking 'professional crayfish tasters' is promising successful applicants up to $75,000 annually but passing their tests is anything but a snap.

Deer Suffer Close Shave Breaking In & Out Of Mississippi Barber Shop
Posted on July 4, 2018

Can we get a trim for a few bucks? A trio of deer crashed through the front window of a Brookhaven, Mississippi barber shop before busting back out again.

Duck Tales From Walmart, Part One
Posted on July 3, 2018

A woman caught walking her pet duck at an Ohio Walmart at least had the decency to re-leash the quacker.

Frozen Russian Rescue Kitten Finds Warm Forever Home
Posted on July 2, 2018

A man who took the time to check a 'little ball of wool' frozen to a snowy sidewalk has been repaid with the lifelong love of a beautiful (though now tail-less) cat.

Scotland's Heaviest Hedgehog Put On Crash Diet
Posted on June 30, 2018

A hedgehog rescued before last winter because he seemed 'too light' to survive fattened up so much that he can't return to the wild, even if he wanted to.

Airbus's New Beluga XL Jet Transport Smiles For The Cameras
Posted on June 29, 2018

The first of five Beluga XL transport aircraft rolled out of Airbus's paint shop in Toulouse, France, sporting special cetacean smiley-face livery voted for by 20,000 company employees.