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.)

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.

Russian Farmer Sculpts Huge Animal Statues From Cow Manure
Posted on January 30, 2017

A Russian farmer from a small Siberian village has found a great way to recycle the solid waste from his 17 cows – he sculpts it into creatures from the Chinese zodiac.

Bats Beat Birds When It Comes To Who Flies Fastest
Posted on January 29, 2017

Swifts may be swift but bats beat 'em hands, er, wings down, according to a scientific study that shows those furry mice can go like bats outta hell.

Cowboy Riding On Patrol Car's Hood Lassos Runaway Calf
Posted on January 28, 2017

The Old West still lives in western Tennessee as a local man perched on the hood of a moving police car successfully lassoed a runaway calf with a single fling of his rope.

Sweet-Toothed Squirrels Cop Chocolate Bars From Corner Store
Posted on January 27, 2017

Shoplifting squirrels with a craving for candy bars have snatched several dozen snacks from a Toronto convenience store and the store owners are getting fed up with their thievery.

Cat Foils Home Burglary In The Most Cat-Like Way Possible
Posted on January 27, 2017

His owners describe Strider as being “fat and lazy” but the 10-year-old black house cat redeemed himself by alerting the oblivious humans that their home was being burglarized.

Kid Surfer Shredding Waves Nearly Shredded By Great White Shark
Posted on January 26, 2017

A 10-year-old surfer riding the waves north of Sydney, Australia was photo-bombed by an 8-foot-long Great White Shark.

Hockey Player Nazem Kadri's Cat Is An Instagram All-Star
Posted on January 25, 2017

Nazem Kadri's cat Jazzy may not be the highest scorer in the NHL (National Hairball League) but she DOES have her own Instagram account with thousands of followers.

Valentine Lobster Wears Its Heart On Its Shell
Posted on January 24, 2017

A lobster caught off Canada's east coast was lovelier than most thanks to a cute heart-shaped barnacle 'tattoo' centered on its back shell.

Kellyanne Conway Rocks Kitschy Gucci Cat Head Button Coat
Posted on January 23, 2017

No pets in the White House? Don't tell Kellyanne Conway, whose patriotic 'Trump Revolutionary Wear' coat sports a double row of metallic cat-head-shaped buttons.

Unstung Hero: Florida Man Crushes Wasp Nest With His Bare Hands
Posted on January 23, 2017

A fearless Florida man with no tolerance for wasps (but plenty of tolerance for pain) shows the world how to crush pesky wasp nests without being stung.

Shark & Diver Share Seven-Year Friendship
Posted on January 22, 2017

A female Port Jackson shark from Australian waters sees professional diver Rick Anderson as a friend, not a meal.

Luck Runs Out For Lucky, A Two-Faced Calf From Kentucky
Posted on January 19, 2017

Lucky, a two-faced calf from Taylor County, Kentucky has lost her battle for survival after 108 days in the kind care of the McCubbin family.

Dog's Tail Certified By Guinness As Being World's Longest
Posted on January 18, 2017

An Irish Wolfhound from Belgium has been formally recognized by Guinness World Records as having the longest tail on a dog.

Rescued Cat With Horribly Matted Fur Undergoes Life-Shaving Transformation
Posted on January 17, 2017

A neglected Persian cat weighed down by five pounds of filthy matted fur has a new lease on life thanks to some caring folks who rescued it, bathed it, and gave it a badly needed trimming.

New Species Of Gibbon Named For Luke Skywalker
Posted on January 17, 2017

A new species of gibbon discovered by Chinese researchers in the lush tropical rainforest of southwestern China has been named after iconic Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.

Clever Cat Uses Crosswalk To Cross Busy British Street
Posted on January 16, 2017

A streetwise cat in Dartford, UK was caught on dashcam crossing a busy two-way road at a marked zebra crossing.

Rare Rainbow Lobster Is A Technicolor Dream
Posted on January 5, 2017

An exceedingly rare, psychedelically-hued, rainbow-tinted lobster caught in St. Marys Bay, Nova Scotia could be the poster child for the acid-ification of the oceans.

Trump Rooster Statues Already On Sale Online In China
Posted on December 31, 2016

Well, that didn't take long: replicas of the YUGE Trump Rooster erected outside a Chinese shopping mall are now on sale at Taobao, China's leading online marketplace.

Buzzkill: Honey Of A Playground Features Giant Wooden Wasps
Posted on December 31, 2016

Build an educational playground where kids can learn about honeybees, they said. It'll be fun, they said.