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.)

Realistic Pet Tortoise Piggy Bank Helps You Slowly Save
Posted on March 9, 2017

It's a piggy bank, it's an animal sculpture, it's... both! This realistic Indian Star tortoise coin bank saves spare change while adding life to any room.

Russian Monk Blesses Cats Daily At Historic Monastery
Posted on March 8, 2017

Holy cats, Batman! A Russian monk at the historic Optina Pustyn monastery leads a motley crew of cats through the snow each and every day while blessing them and handing out treats.

Shower Of Bees Is A Honey Of A Way To Start One's Day
Posted on March 7, 2017

“Hey Honey, the water really stings this morning” but there's a simple explanation: your shower head houses a swarm of bees!

PetNet Server Crash Cancels Meals For Auto-Fed Pets
Posted on March 6, 2017

PetNet, the popular auto-feeding app that feeds dogs and cats while their owners are away, served up a big plate o' nuttin' when server issues put the kibosh on their kibble.

Giant Panda Eats Free-Range Goat, Curries No Favor With Farmers
Posted on February 28, 2017

A wild Giant Panda has shown the phrase “eats shoots & leaves” doesn't always apply to the endangered bears, though it still describes an armed robbery at Panda Express.

Hello Kitty Coin Bank Grabs Your Change, Saves Your Money
Posted on February 27, 2017

This cute Hello Kitty Coin Bank is the latest variation on the classic “grabbing hand” mechanical coin bank.

Pet Pigeons Return To The Skies Above Mosul
Posted on February 26, 2017

Pigeon fanciers in Mosul are free to let their pet pigeons take flight now that ISIS militants are being driven out of the Iraqi city.

Pet Snake Diagnoses Pet Owner's Pregnancy
Posted on February 24, 2017

A British couple's pet snake alerted the surprised mum-to-be she was pregnant and no, she didn't have to pee on it – not that there's everything wrong with that.

CCTV Camera Exposes Door-Crashing Vandal As A Cat-Chasing Dog
Posted on February 23, 2017

A chased cat got the last laugh on a pursuing dog when, as captured by a CCTV security camera, the prowling pooch knocked a glass door clean off its hinges.

Rambro The Angry Ram Is The Woolly Master Of His Domain
Posted on February 22, 2017

Meet Rambro, an Arapawa sheep with anger management issues who, when he isn't ramming motorcycles and heavy equipment, stars in YouTube videos with view counts in the millions.

Red Panda Pair Anchors Endangered Species Program At Scottish Zoo
Posted on February 21, 2017

The arrival of a pair of Red Pandas named Ginger and Bruce at the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo bodes well for the endangered species' future.

Hawaiian Family's Cat Found & Returned After 15 Long Years
Posted on February 21, 2017

A Hawaiian family's cat was found and returned to them a full fifteen years after it had disappeared, reminding pet owners it's never too late to give up on a missing pet.

Kentucky Woman Springs Surprise On Seed-Stealing Squirrels
Posted on February 20, 2017

It's Slinky, it's Slinky, it's fun for a girl and a boy... but not for a squirrel, as a passel of furry Kentucky seed-stealers found out the hard way.

Owning A Pet Giant Rabbit Can Be A Hare-Raising Experience
Posted on February 13, 2017

A Continental Giant Rabbit owned by a Canadian woman weighs 18 pounds and stretches nearly two feet long from its wiggling nose to the tip of its cottony white tail.

Owl's Well That Ends Well For Duluth Police Officer
Posted on February 12, 2017

A patrolling Duluth police officer got a bird's eye view of a disoriented Barred Owl when the harried hooter hopped onto the hood of his squad car.

Hero Cat Bites Sleeping Owner, Saves Family From House Fire
Posted on February 10, 2017

Dalmatians might be great firehouse dogs but for one thankful Canadian family the best pet to have around in case of a fire is a black & white cat.

Elephant Pajamas Warm Rehab Center's Rescued Pachyderms
Posted on February 9, 2017

Rescued elephants at a conservation center in Mathura, India have been issued colorful fitted jackets and “pajamas” to help them withstand unseasonably frigid winter weather.

Windshield Viper Freaks Out Aussie Motorist
Posted on February 9, 2017

A pet snake that stowed away on an Australian woman's car would have made a clean escape had it not tried to imitate her windshield wipers.

Pet Hedgehog Unlocks Owner's iPhone With Touch ID
Posted on February 8, 2017

Locking and unlocking your iPhone with Touch ID is secure for sure but a Japanese woman goes one step further using her pet hedgehog's itty-bitty paw print.

Chinese Zoo's Overfed Tigers Are The Ultimate Fat Cats
Posted on February 7, 2017

Hey tigers, where's your pride? We hate to fat-shame animals but these bloated big cats at the Siberian Tiger Park near Harbin, China make Garfield look like an Olympic athlete.

Pet Snake Gets Snagged In Woman's Pierced Earlobe
Posted on February 6, 2017

An Oregon woman's aural-ible experience proves once and for all that stretched earlobe piercings and pet snakes don't always mix.

Canadian Mounties Training Dogs To Sniff Out Fentanyl
Posted on February 2, 2017

The RCMP in British Columbia, Canada has begun training dogs to alert them to the presence of fentanyl, an illegal opioid drug one hundred times as powerful as morphine.

Valentine Cat Displays True Love With A Heart On Her Chest
Posted on January 31, 2017

A “lovely” tuxedo cat from Holland and her comparatively “heartless” sister have parleyed their natural gifts into an impressive social media presence.

Preemie Baby Hippopotamus Has A Long Way To Grow
Posted on January 31, 2017

The first Nile Hippopotamus born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in 75 years arrived unexpectedly early, weighing just half the average hippo birth weight.

Catnip Crazed Cat Nabbed In Netherlands Pet Store
Posted on January 30, 2017

What's better than being a kid locked in a candy store? How about being a cat who found seventh heaven among a display of catnip-filled cat toys in a Dutch pet store.