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.)

'Heroic' Policeman Rescues Chicken, Gets Roasted By Fellow Cops
Posted on November 29, 2018

Fowl play in Ossining, New York was in the cards for a “heroic” local police officer who arrived at the scene of a shed fire and rescued a wayward chicken.

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Gives Up Embassy Cat Companion
Posted on November 28, 2018

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks gave up his freedom to lead a lonely existence holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and now he's given up his cute cat companion as well.

Iceland's Creepy Christmas Cat Is Ready To Rock Reykjavik
Posted on November 27, 2018

When in Reykjavik, look out for the statue of Iceland's infamous Christmas Cat, lit up for the holiday season with 6,500 LED lights and a glittering golden collar.

Pesky Polar Bear Just Wants To Have Friends For Lunch
Posted on November 26, 2018

A nosy polar bear got a little too handsy with a Russian arctic station worker before being run off by the station's guard dogs.

Scientist Names New Beetle After MLB Slugger Jose Bautista
Posted on November 24, 2018

Don't tell Rougned Odor but a newly discovered species of beetle from the Dominican Republic has been named after fellow native son and former Toronto Blue Jays home run hero Jose Bautista.

Chinese City Installs Shark Fin Bollard Barriers
Posted on November 23, 2018

A series of shark fin-shaped bollards in Chongqing, China were installed alongside a busy street to protect stores and cafes from vehicular traffic.

Russians Polar Bear Proof Their Windows With Spiked Grills
Posted on November 20, 2018

When in Siberia, do as the Russians do: polar bear proof your home by installing spiked metal grills over every ground floor window.

Escaped Elephant Tracked Down By New York State Troopers
Posted on November 19, 2018

An elephant on the lam from an animal sanctuary met its match when New York State Police troopers tracked down the trespassing trunked tusker.

Did A Mexican Walmart Just Hold An In-Store Cockfight?
Posted on November 16, 2018

A photo snapped at a Walmart store in Mexico appears to show a miniature arena floored with sawdust, two men holding roosters, and a presumed referee. Let's get ready to rollback!

Human Pet House Is A Pet Bed For Pet-Loving People
Posted on November 15, 2018

The Human Pet House is a people-sized and cat-eared indoor tent ideal for those who aren't kitten enough sleep at night.

Coalinga's Iron Zoo Puts The 'Pet' Into Petroleum
Posted on November 13, 2018

The 'Iron Zoo' of painted pumpjacks near Coalinga, California adds a dash of animal magnetism to the industrial landscape in Fresno County.

Mountain Climber Holds Summit Summit With Mysterious Cat
Posted on November 9, 2018

Most mountain climbers don't like surprises but Wojciech Jabczynski was all smiles when a curious cat joined him at the summit of Poland's highest peak.

Stuck-Head Shiba Inu Dog Figurines Grin & Bear The Shame
Posted on November 8, 2018

Stuck in the middle with you... and these hapless but happy Shiba Inu dog figurines whose heads are stuck in walls, paintings, donuts and more.

Plump Pig On The Lam Lured Back With Trail Of Doritos
Posted on November 7, 2018

This story has everything a fan of a certain vintage TV crime drama would want: a deputy named Ponce, a bag of, er, ChiPs, and a happy ending for all of the characters.

Bears Climb Power Line Pole, Avoid Getting Buzzed
Posted on November 6, 2018

Two bears in rural Manitoba who climbed to the top of a 66-kilovolt hydroelectric power pole were rescued by line workers and, this being Canada, are now free to catch a buzz somewhere else.

Caring Vet Turns Recycled Washing Machines Into Dryer Cat Shelters
Posted on November 5, 2018

A clever veterinarian from southern Portugal has turned stray cats' affinity for old washing machines into a project providing shelter, care and urban beautification.

'Grumpy Cat 2.0' Showered With Loving Care At RSPCA Clinic
Posted on November 4, 2018

A ginger cat injured in a car accident looks so grouchy staff at the RSPCA’s Putney Animal Hospital have dubbed him 'Grumpy Cat 2.0' in homage to grimacing internet meme cat Tardar Sauce.

Amazing Outer Space Nebulae Named After Animals
Posted on October 30, 2018

These 10 interstellar clouds of gas and dust don't include the Space Coyote from The Simpsons but any of these exquisite outer-space nebulae would still make the ultimate spirit animal.

Rihga Animal Kingdom Chocolates Tastefully Salute The World's Most Majestic Creatures
Posted on October 28, 2018

Rihga Animal Kingdom Chocolates are made to order from natural ingredients by the world-renowned artisanal chocolatiers at the Rihga Royal Hotel Japan.

Adjustable Vegetable Pet Bed Helps Pets Get Their Greens & Z's
Posted on October 27, 2018

This nifty vegetable pet bed from Unihabitat unfolds from a rounded botanical sleeping space to a padded resting mat and back again as needed.

Creepy Sleepy Snoring Cat Dreams It's A Viral Hit
Posted on October 26, 2018

This snoring cat caught twitching in the throes of a dream is a must-see but be warned: watch it once and it'll haunt your nightmares.

Giant 'Sea Monster' Invades Old Philadelphia Navy Yard
Posted on October 25, 2018

The former US Navy shipyard in Philadelphia is hosting 'Sea Monsters HERE', an inflatable sculpture comprising dozens of huge inflatable kraken tentacles.

Angry Beaver Fells Tree Onto Passing Yacht
Posted on October 24, 2018

A boat-hating beaver from northern Germany isn't very 'poplar' with river travelers since the lumbering rodent felled a 65-ft tall tree onto a couple's motor yacht.

'Headless Chicken Monster' Is Neither Headless, A Chicken Or A Monster
Posted on October 23, 2018

The so-called 'Headless Chicken Monster' may be a viral sensation but this oddly-proportioned oceanic sea cucumber just wants to be left alone.

Rechargeable Hand-Pressure LED Piggy Flashlight Hogs The Spotlight
Posted on October 22, 2018

This cute pig-shaped manually rechargeable flashlight may look kinda weird but it sure comes in handy when nasty weather cuts off your power.