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.)

Dogs Get Goofy Over This Spine-tingling Hedgehog Chew Toy
Posted on March 21, 2019

The 'Peep Hedgehog' chew toy smells like milk and squeaks when it's bitten, much like actual hedgehogs who would be horrified if they could read.

Good Dogma: The Top 10 Pet-Friendly Clever Church Signs
Posted on March 20, 2019

These inspirational church sign sayings that reference pets and/or animals combine humor and cleverness to ensure karma won't hit your dogma.

Alive & Olive: The Top 10 Unexpectedly Green Animals
Posted on March 17, 2019

Animals, mammals especially, don't often come in green but just as St Patrick's Day comes around once a year, you can expect an unexpectedly green critter to make an appearance once in a while.

Tokyo Pet Store Succeeds With 'Rent To Own' Puppy Policy
Posted on March 17, 2019

A Japanese pet store has introduced a Try 'em, Buy 'em business model that relies on the four-legged inventory to basically sell itself.

Baby Chick Head Matches Light Up Your Life, Cigarettes
Posted on March 15, 2019

These adorable yellow-headed baby chick matches from Japan's Tobacco & Salt Museum 'strike' a balance between art and utility.

Samurai Armor For Pets Is Cutting Edge Cool
Posted on March 13, 2019

Warrior pets, come out and play! Give your pet a historic makeover with a set of handmade Japanese samurai armor.

Dumpling Delivery On Horseback Mends Lovers' Quarrel
Posted on March 12, 2019

There once was a young man from Shanxi, whose near-breakup left his girl feeling hangry. But when his dumpling source delivered dinner by horse, the lady no longer was cranky.

Chocolate Bilby Trumps Easter Bunnies In Australia
Posted on March 11, 2019

Bunnies are rodentia-non-grata in Australia so with Easter on the way, confectioners down under are offering sweet-toothed Aussies cute chocolate Easter Bilbies instead.

Uneasy Rider Chased By Wolf On Alberta Highway
Posted on March 10, 2019

Motorcyclist Tim Bartlett doesn't like being tailgated, especially when the tailgater HAS a tail... and a mouthful of wickedly sharp teeth!

Cat Banana Bed Is A Great Place To Go To Slip
Posted on March 8, 2019

Cat beds don't get more a-peeling than the Banana Bed, a bright yellow 'slipping' bag with a built-in flap of 'skin' that guarantees purr-rivacy.

Claws Walk: 10 More Weird Animal Road Crossing Signs
Posted on March 6, 2019

Either too many animals want to cross roads, or we're building too many darned roads. At least someone's making an effort to ensure our furred, feathered, and even scaled friends don't end up as roadkill.

Kind Russian Policeman Helps Dog Cross Road Safely
Posted on March 5, 2019

A Russian policeman who spied a dog eager to cross a busy thoroughfare made sure traffic stopped to let the pedestrian pooch pass unimpeded.

Give Your Dog A Bone Trim
Posted on March 4, 2019

Why settle for a boring pet trim when the Igogo Pet Salon will nick-nack, paddy-wack, give your dog a bone trim!

Signs Of The Beasts: The Top 10 Weird Animal Road Crossing Signs
Posted on March 2, 2019

So-called 'zebra crossings' aren't just for zebras (actually they're not for zebras at all) but it's good to know that all creatures great and small deserve – and often get – their very own dedicated crossing signs.

Starbucks Cat & Dog-Themed Coffee Cups For Thirsty Pet Owners
Posted on February 28, 2019

These reusable personalized Starbucks coffee cups allow pet owners to raise a toast to their furry friends while making the world a cleaner, greener, more pet-friendly place.

Pet-Friendly Hair Dryer Fluffs Fur With Negative Ions & Ozone
Posted on February 27, 2019

The Pétion stationary pet fur dryer not only runs cooler than human-use hair blowers, it also bathes your dog, cat, bunny or ferret in antiseptic negative ions and invigorating ozone.

DoggyMan Combo Exercise Bike Lets You Work Out With Your Woofer
Posted on February 26, 2019

The DoggyMan people+pets fitness machine combines an indoor exercise bike with a pet-sized treadmill.

Chicago Pet Shop & Seafood Store Share And Share Alike
Posted on February 25, 2019

Tropical fish – the other white meat? A pet shop and a seafood store on Chicago's eclectic W Lawrence Ave may have shared more than just the same phone number.

Feline Fuzz: 10 More Claw-Abiding Police Cats
Posted on February 25, 2019

These 10 cat constables are patrolling your kitty city, keeping tabbies on all manner of catnip crooks, thieves, and unauthorized shiners of the ever-elusive red dot.

Just Peachy: The Top 10 Orange Animals
Posted on February 21, 2019

These 10 orange animals reflect the tropic tints of summer sunsets, juicy carrots and warm campfires.

Vampire Crabs Successfully Bred At British Zoo
Posted on February 19, 2019

The Lower Vertebrates & Invertebrates team at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, UK, has something to shell-abrate after successfully breeding exotic Vampire Crabs for the very first time.

Cute Creepy Cat Snout Brooches Are The Kitten's Whiskers
Posted on February 15, 2019

Just say 'nose' to these overly realistic disembodied cat snout brooches that combine cute and creepy with the emphasis on the latter.

Snapcat, An Android App Allowing Cats To Take & Post Photos
Posted on February 13, 2019

Snapcat is the very first social photo sharing app for cats, featuring photos taken by cats.

Google Street View's Top 10 Accidental Animals
Posted on February 13, 2019

Since May of 2007, Google Street View has been panoramically mapping the world's highways and byways while coincidentally snapping who (or what) ever happens to be around at the time, including the odd animal or two... or even ten!

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Cat Has A Measurable Issue
Posted on February 12, 2019

This cute cat thought he'd finally licked his OCD problem until his owners whipped out the tape measure. Sign that cat to a contract... working in the mail room!