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.)

Scream Creams: 7 Weird, Wild & Unlikely Animal Milks
Posted on January 21, 2019

If it's weird for human beings to drink cow's milk, how to explain these seven strange milks that (at least according to their labels) are the products of some very un-cow-like creatures.

Zebra Stripe Body Paint May Provide Protection From Bug Bites
Posted on January 18, 2019

Blood-sucking bugs avoid biting bodies painted with contrasting 'zebra' stripes, according to a new study published by The Royal Society.

Music-Loving Coyote Takes Refuge In Nashville Restroom
Posted on January 17, 2019

Police sounded a happy note after gently removing a wily young coyote from a restroom at the Nashville Music City Center.

Palau's Jellyfish Lake Reopens As Polyp Population Rebounds
Posted on January 16, 2019

Jellyfish Lake – an oceanic oasis home to millions of stingless golden jellies – has reopened to tourism after a two-year hiatus caused by a severe drought.

Riga's Kitschy Cat House Tells A Tale Of Two Tails
Posted on January 15, 2019

The Cat House in Riga, Latvia was built for someone who may not have cared for cats but who definitely DID care about being snubbed.

Ruff Livin': The Top 10 Real Places Named After Dogs
Posted on January 14, 2019

Sent to the doghouse again? You won't be alone at any of these 10 real towns, islands and streets named after dogs.

Kitty City: The Top 10 Real Places Named After Cats
Posted on January 11, 2019

Cat got your town? It's more likely than you think, if you're living in a place whose name frightens mice and makes dogs shiver with anticipation.

DNA Kit For Cats Reveals Your Feline's Genes
Posted on January 10, 2019

CatKit, the first home cat DNA kit, allows cat-owners to learn more about their pet's past, present and future.

Oh Gnaw You Didn't: 10 Curiously Cute Japanese Dog Chew Toys
Posted on January 9, 2019

The best pet chew toys must appeal to both dogs AND their owners, and Bestever Japan appears to hit the bullseye on both marks with these 10 curiously cute creations.

Customers Shocked After Finding Dried Lizards In Bags Of Fish Skin Snacks
Posted on January 4, 2019

Deceased dried lizards are turning up in bags of Irvins Salted Egg Flavor Fish Skin snacks across southeast Asia, turning up noses among fans of the acquired delicacy.

Mind The Pup: The Top 10 Bizarre 'Beware Of Dog' Signs
Posted on January 2, 2019

Life's rough and getting, er, ruffer thanks to these 10 weird and wacky 'Beware of Dog' signs that seemingly seek to confuse trespassers when all that's needed is a warning of a watchdog.

The Top 10 Humorously Named Fish & Chip Shops
Posted on December 27, 2018

Fish & Chips shops by any other name still smell the same, so show off your good breading, batter up and fry united along with these 10 dist-stink-tively dubbed purveyors of piscine provisions.

Krakatoa Inspired The Name Of This 'Volcanic' Sea Slug
Posted on December 23, 2018

Meet Hypselodoris Krakatoa, an ocean-dwelling nudibranch or sea slug whose gills resemble an erupting tropical volcano.

Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatchback There
Posted on December 21, 2018

This totally (chicken)wired personal luxury 'coop' spotted at a Missouri Walmart parking lot runs on chicken feed and emits biogas.

Tis The Season For Christmas Cat Cap Cape Combos
Posted on December 20, 2018

This Japanese gachapon machine offers cat-owners with spare change a choice of four different Christmas cat cap & cape combos.

'Two-Faced' Cat Narnia Is His Own Splittin' Image
Posted on December 19, 2018

A strikingly beautiful cat named Narnia displays facial fur split perfectly down the middle, resulting in a unique 'two-faced' look that's launched him to internet stardom.

Ford's Noise-Cancelling Kennel Keeps Dogs Calm When Fireworks Fly
Posted on December 18, 2018

A prototype dog kennel incorporating Ford's latest noise-cancelling technology may someday shelter anxious canines stressed out on New Year's Eve, the Fourth of July, and even during thunderstorms.

Turd World Problems: 10 Hilarious International 'No Dog Pooping' Signs
Posted on December 17, 2018

As the concept of 'poop & scoop' hasn't permeated every corner of the pet-owning world, there's still a need for signs to chide doggies who take a crap, leave a crap, and don't give a crap.

Kazakh Airline's New Jet Sports Very Nice 'Snow Leopard' Nose Art
Posted on December 16, 2018

Wildlife conservation reaches new heights with the first Embraer E190-E2 passenger jet delivered to Air Astana (Kazakhstan's national airline) proudly displaying its jaw-dropping 'snow leopard' livery.

Rare Albino Porcupine Waddles Through Wintery Windham Woods
Posted on December 15, 2018

Needles to say, it's an une-quilled delight to spot a rare albino porcupine roaming the woods in Windham, Maine on a snowy winter's day.

500 Hooded Cat Capes Up For Grabs In Transport Company Promotion
Posted on December 13, 2018

A cat-tastic promotion from Japan's Yamato Transport delivery service will reward 500 lucky users with a fluffy black blanket capped with a faux cat's face.

Rescued Baby Golden Possum Looks Shockingly Like Pikachu
Posted on December 11, 2018

A rescued baby Brushtail Possum displaying a rare 'golden' mutation that makes her look like Pikachu has become the unofficial mascot of an Australian veterinary clinic.

Yellow Vest Dog Protests Wet Weather, Feet, Nose
Posted on December 10, 2018

Has the Yellow Vest Movement gone to the dogs? At least one seemingly protesting canine was snapped strolling down a rainy Paris boulevard at a recent 'Gilets Jaunes' demonstration.

Duck In A Box Causes Minor Flap At Walmart
Posted on December 9, 2018

Attention Walmart shoppers: Don't get caught with your duck out, confine it to a carrier like one daffy doofus did.

Cat Feet Chair Socks Keep Your Stools Silent
Posted on December 6, 2018

Cat-foot chair socks from Japan reduce the noise from furniture scraping across the floor, vastly improving relations with the neighbors downstairs.