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.)

Posted on May 27, 2010

These colorful silicone animal rubberbands stretch like regular loop rubberbands, then snap back to their cute original shapes.

Pet Umbrella Keeps Your Canine Companion Covered
Posted on March 17, 2010

Raindrops keep falling on my pet... no more! The rather blandly named Pet Umbrella is just what you and your raincoat-hating dog have always wanted.

Japan Snake Center Keeps Visitors Hungry For More
Posted on January 29, 2010

At Japan Snake Center, snakes put bite on you! Actually it's the other way around, just visit their cafeteria.

Kangaroo Liquor Goes Down Well In Japan's Outback
Posted on December 2, 2009

Kangaroos? In my Japan? It's more likely than you think and now it's inspired a drink!

Roadkill Cat By Shintaro Kago Is One Flattened Faux Feline
Posted on October 21, 2009

This delightfully disgusting roadkill cat toy promises loads of faux feline-fatale fun for the whole family - if you're the Addams Family.

Stray Cat Blues? Housewife's Invention Frustrates Freeloading Felines
Posted on September 23, 2009

Stray cats struttin' all over your garden? Chase away unwanted kitties with this homegrown anti-cat solution developed by a Japanese housewife tired of saying Hello Kitty.

Recycled Roof Tile Birdhouses Not Just For Clay Pigeons
Posted on September 7, 2009

Japanese designer Tomoko Azumi has found a use for previously non-recyclable ceramic roof tiles: each tile becomes the roof of a birdhouse.

Bunny Petting Cafe Has Rabbit Fans Hopping
Posted on August 30, 2009

Did you hare? Japan's Bunny Petting Cafe is the best thing in ears, and that's fur certain!

Japan Animal Referral Medical Center Calls For Dogs To Give Blood
Posted on July 5, 2009

The Japan Animal Referral Medical Center is hoping a recent Dog Blood Donor Clinic will convince owners it's better to give than to receive.

Wacky Cat Camera Attracts Frisky Felines With Cute Kitty Sounds
Posted on June 2, 2009

The Superheadz Holga K202 Cat Camera actually seems to work! Now if it only would work quietly, without all the silly cat noises... oops, that's the point.

Singing Dog Alarm Clock Features Soft Silicone Paws Button
Posted on April 19, 2009

The Singing Dog Alarm Clock provides pet-lovers with the paws that refreshes... along with a nutty, mutty Melody Alarm that'll have you reaching for a Little Brown Jug.

When Gloomy Bear Meets Hello Kitty, There Will Be Blood
Posted on February 26, 2009

Gloomy Bear meets Hello Kitty... or is that Gloomy Bear EATS Hello Kitty? If this violent and disturbing character combo is any indication, the backlash against Japan's culture of cuteness may have begun.

Bizarre 'Sand Puppies' Could Be Next Japanese Character Sensation
Posted on February 26, 2009

Naked mole rats dig deep into Japanese hearts... in a GOOD way. What were you thinking?

Posted on February 17, 2009

Cold got you feeling down? Warm up with Nyantomo, because there's nothing like a warm kitty to get you feline fine!

Love Pets Sexy Lingerie Satisfies the Taste for Lace
Posted on November 24, 2008

Lingerie for pets... no, it's not what you're thinking. Best Ever's "Love Pets Sexy Lingerie" are bra & panty chew toy sets available in your choice of black, pink or white.

Posted on September 28, 2008

Tamagotchi, the digital pet that became a Nineties icon, is making a colorful comeback! Hoping to repeat the phenomenal success of its digital pet, Bandai has added an LCD color screen and upped the digital content to match.

Posted on May 7, 2008

It's the ultimate Pet Rock. A Japanese company specializing in crafting memorials to passed-on pets can transform your faithful furry friend into a true jewel of denial - a glittering diamond ring or pendant.

Posted on April 8, 2008

Meet Hatch-chan, an otherwise unremarkable black & white house cat except for his mad blogging skills.

Cute Dog Pacifiers Give Great Danes Goofy Grins
Posted on March 8, 2008

The wacky "Oshaburi Toy" from Japan gives Great Danes (and other dog breeds) goofy grins even Disney's dogs can't beat.