Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Baby Animals

I was ranting about this to Lowell yesterday so I decided to post a list. Did you know that baby eels are called elvers? I didn't.

Actually, this came about because I started calling the Kittenheart my "Cougar cub"... because now that I'm 28 and Lowell is still 23, our age difference totally sounds Cougar-esque again.

Anyway. I find baby animal names fascinating. Ferrets aren't listed, but their babies are called "kits". Like Beaver babies. Did you know that?

Antelope – calf
Bear – cub
Beasts of prey – whelp
Beaver – kit
Birds - fledgling, nestling
Cat – kitten
Codfish - codling, sprat
Cow – calf
Deer - fawn, yearling
Dog - pup, puppy
Duck – duckling
Eagle – eaglet
Eel – elver
Elephant – calf
Elephant seal – weaner hehe.
Fish – fry
Fowl - chick, chicken
Fox - cub, pup
Frog - polliwog, tadpole
Goat – kid
Goose – gosling Speaking of which, who would've thought that Sean from Breaker High would turn into such a heart throb?
Grouse – cheeper
Guinea fowl – keet
Hawk – eyas
Hen – pullet
Hippo – calf
Horse - foal, yearling, or colt (male), filly (female)
Kangaroo – joey Probably one of my all-time favourites. WTF right?
Lion – cub
Owl – owlet
Partridge – cheeper
Pig - piglet, shoat, farrow, suckling
Pigeon - squab, squeaker
Quail – cheeper Seriously? Well that's just adorable.
Rabbit - bunny, kit
Rat – pup
Rhino – calf
Rooster – cockerel
Salmon - parr, smolt, grilse
Seal – pup
Shark – cub
Sheep - lamb, lambkins
Swan – cygnet
Tiger - cub, whelp
Turkey – poult
Whale – calf
Zebra - foal

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