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Funny and Unusual Animal Names

Funny Animal Names

Sometimes animals have rather unusual names. Below is a list of some funny animal names. The list contains their names as males, females, babies and groups. I really found this rather interesting and sometimes hysterical. You can see how some of them got their names and others... well you just have to wonder, where did that come from?

Alligator
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Alligators

A male alligator is called a bull, and the female is called a cow. Now, I would think the baby would be called a calf, but no, it is a hatchling. I guess that makes sense as it does hatch from an egg, but bull and cow just don’t seem to fit! A group of alligators is called a congregation. That makes me think of church! A group of young alligators is called a pod. Don’t peas come in a pod?

Male Gorilla
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Apes

Now this should be easy! A male is called a male, a female is called a female and a baby is called a baby. Okay, so where do they come up with a group of apes is called, a shrewdness! The definition for shrewd is a keen awareness, sharp intelligence and sometimes tricky. Does this mean that they are only smart when there are a group of them? Hmmm.

Cheetah
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Cheetahs

There is little imagination used here. The male is simply a male. The female is called a female and a baby cheetah is a cub. Ok, but a lion male is a lion and a female is a lioness. Let’s use a little imagination here! Shouldn’t a male be called a cheetah and the female called a cheetahness? A group of cheetahs is called a coalition. A coalition is defined as a temporary union of two groups, especially political groups. Does this mean that a cheetah can run for president? Hey, I think we could use a third option!

Crow
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Crow

A male crow is a cock and a female crow is a hen. A baby crow is a chick. Nothing unusual here, right? Wait for it … a group of crows is called a muster or a murder. A murder, where the heck did they come up with that? Does that mean that a group of crows are killers? Maybe, did you ever see the show “The Birds”! That show had me scared of black birds for years! Maybe there was really something to it!

Donkey
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Donkey

Here is a good one! A male donkey is called a jack or a jackass. Ooh! Have they been listening to me talk about my previous boss? Donkeys are known to be stubborn, hence the nickname for people that are stubborn. Does this mean that I can get by with calling my hubby a jackass? Yeah, I don’t think so! Moving on now. A female donkey is called a jenny or a jennet. Shouldn’t that be jennass? Hey, we women can be stubborn too! At least that is what my hubby says. A baby donkey is a colt or a foal. I guess they are too young to be stubborn yet.

Sleeping Ferrets
Sleeping Ferrets | Source

Ferret

Try to figure this one out! A male ferret is called a hob. What is a hob? The dictionary defines a hob as a place to keep pans warm on a fireplace. What does this have to do with a ferret? Does he curl around your pot to keep it warm? If so, he had better watch that his tail doesn’t get into the fire! A female ferret is called a jill. Wouldn’t it make more sense to call a male ferret a jack? A baby ferret is called a kit. Ok, to me that is somewhere around kitten, so not too bad. Now a group of ferrets are called a business. I have no idea! Now I have heard some businesses be referred to as sharks or snakes, but never compared to ferrets!

Fox
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Fox

A male fox is called a reynard. The only definition for reynard is the name of a fox in a mid-evil fable. So I guess they just called a male fox, a male fox prior to the fable. Now a female fox is called a vixen. A vixen is defined as a quarrelsome or spiteful woman. Does being a “foxy” women define you as bi–ch? Hmmm, that’s not what I though foxy was. Anyway, a baby fox is called a kit, cub or a pup. A group of fox is called a leash or a skulk. The verb form of the word skulk is to lie in hiding or move about stealthily. I guess that makes sense since fox are rarely seen in the wild.

Hampster Sleeping
Hampster Sleeping

Gerbils and Hampsters

The males are called bucks and the females are called does. Really? I think of deer when I hear buck or doe. I thought a buck was something with big antlers, not a cute little fuzzy thing that I used to keep in a cage in my bedroom when I was a kid. A baby gerbil or hamster is called a pup. A group of gerbils or hamsters is called a horde. How can a group of anything so cute and fuzzy be called a horde!

Hummingbird in Flight
Hummingbird in Flight | Source

Hummingbirds

A male hummingbird is called a cock. A female is a hen and a baby hummingbird is called a chick. A group of hummingbirds is called a charm. Somehow I thought that was fitting. I had to add this one as I thought it was so “charming”. Pun intended!

Kangaroo

A male kangaroo is called a buck, boomer or a jack. A female is called a doe, flyer, jill or a roo. Someone couldn’t make up his or her mind! A baby kangaroo is just called a joey. They had no trouble with naming a baby kangaroo, but a “joey”? Why not Jackie if a male kangaroo is called a jack. Jackie could be either a male of a female baby. A group of kangaroos is called a troup, herd or a mob. Now I have seen some people in a mob, jumping around like kangaroos, but I never thought of a group of kangaroos as being a mob.

Peafowl

This one makes more sense to me than most. Until several years ago, I thought a peacock was a peacock. I didn’t know that they were actually “peafowl”. Anyway, a peacock is a male peafowl. A female is called a peahen and a baby is a peachick. This makes sense! A group of peafowl is called a muster or an ostentation. I can’t find muster in the dictionary, but ostentation is defined as a pretentious display meant to impress others. Somebody knew what they were doing with this one!

Swan

A male swan is called a cob. This name comes from a Middle Eastern word, “cobbe”, which refers to the leader of a group. A female swan is called a pen. I could not find a reason for this. A baby swan is a cygnet. The constellation Cygnus is from the Latin word for swan. No one knows for sure which came first, the naming of the baby swan after the constellation or the constellation being named after a baby swan. A group of swans is called a herd, wedge, team or even bevy. There they go again, can’t make up their mind!

Tom Turkey
Tom Turkey | Source

Turkey

A male turkey is called a Tom. The “Tom” turkey gets it’s name from it’s promiscuity. Apparently, turkey don’t make the best of mates. The turkey was given the name “Tom”, referring to a tomcat. The female is a hen and a baby turkey is called a poult. Did someone just run out of ideas and energy here? Poult, I guess is short for poultry. A group of turkey is called a rafter. A rafter is described as an odd and motley collection of people or things. If “motley” means ugly, then this fits. I love turkey and I love to listen to them gobble, but I have seen better-looking birds!

Well, these are just a few of the names of animals, babies, and groups of animals that I found interesting or amusing. I hoped you enjoyed my sense of humor and learned a little something along the way!

© 2012 Sheila Brown

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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I think they chose these two terms well, poetryman! Thank you for stopping by!


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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you, Mary! I think whoever chose the word "charm" for a group of hummingbirds, did a great job. The word charm does them justice. Thank you for stopping by and all your support! Have a wonderful day!


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tillsontitan 20 months ago from New York

I thoroughly enjoyed your sense of humor and learned a lot. There's nothing prettier than a charm of hummingbirds.

Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago

A charm of humming birds and a murder of crows. I would say that just about does it!


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

What fun....peacocks? they could be peahim and peaher...or, maybe not.

Fun fun read...sometimes I just think people have too much time on their hands when I read articles describing the various names for critters.

Voted up and shared Pinned to Awesome HubPages

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I love your comment here! I especially enjoyed your last statement, but I don't want to get started there! I'm glad you enjoyed by hub and I appreciate you stopping by!


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RTalloni 20 months ago from the short journey

Interesting and fun read with lots of food for thought… ;)

Al E. Gator went to the store pretending to be hungry for 'tators,

But the proprietor saw the ruse and knew he would plate her!

"Closed for business" her reply, then "go eat with your own parishioners".

Crows are actually quite murderous toward other birds, especially when they do not have other easy targets!

And the last one sure makes a political statement about our country's leadership in the world today. Hmmm, perhaps the choice of national bird was a prophecy…


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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub, peach! My favorite one is a "murder" of crows. That cracks me up! Thanks for stopping by!


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i really enjoy reading this hub, I had been reading it over and over again as I tried to memorize the name for the moms, dads, babe, I find the jackass is funny


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sgbrown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Shyron! You did a great job here! This is all so funny! Thank you so much for this and for the shares! :)


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Sheila, this is so much fun, esp.

Ferret, maybe the female Ferret should be called knob, then the two could hob-knob and could really knit a kit and then they would be in business.

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Kangaroo – A male kangaroo is called a buck. So would a baby male Kangaroo, be called a joeybuck or a buckaroo.

A female kangaroo is called a roo, is the female kangaroo baby called a joeyroo

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Peafowl - Muster: a formal gathering of troops, especially for inspection, display or exercise, that sounds good up to this point. As in roll call, assembly, gathering, congregation.

They may want to re-think the Muster if the alligators are in the congregation.

Voted up +++++ and shared.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Joy! I was looking up the name of a baby animals, for a reason I don't remember, and found some of these names. I decided it might make an interesting and humorous hub. I'm so glad you like it! Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Have a great day! :)


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JoyLevine 3 years ago

Great article! Some of these are really cute. I always had questions too about certain things, like alligators. They used every name in the book for them.

And where did they come up with a gaggle of geese, especially since the same term, "gaggle", refers also to 8 fifty pound bags of salt? In fact, it refers to a group of adolescents doing nothing or to a group of females in general (Hmmm... what is THAT supposed to mean?). Interesting. It makes you think. Do geese just sit around and do nothing all day? I think not!

Anyway I appreciate the witty way you delivered this article and your sense of humour. It made it very lively.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello georgescifo! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub, thank you for your kind comment! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you so much Au fait! I appreciate your coming back and ALL your support! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)


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georgescifo 3 years ago from India

This is something strange and interesting. I never knew that these names had such an interesting fact behind it.. thanks for sharing.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This is one of my favorite hubs that you have written! Came back to pin it to my 'Fun & Interesting' board. Will also share again with my followers.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Amanda! I agree, some of these names of animals are strange and interesting. I had to laugh at some of them! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! Welcome to HubPages! :)


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aquinby 3 years ago from Morgantown, West Virginia

So strange, but interesting! Thanks for posting!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Au fait! Thank you so much! I really enjoyed writing this one! I would love to follow you on Pintrest! Thank you for your so kind comment and share! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This is one of my favorite articles that you have written. It's fun to read, informative, and you have great photos. I opened a Pinterest account just today and I'm going to pin this hub to my board for wild animals. Since I'm here, I'm going to share this hub again too!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi moonlake! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. I really enjoyed writing this one. Thanks for stopping by, commenting and voting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Very interesting hub. I never knew all of this enjoyed reading it. Voted up.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Good morning Kelly! I'm glad I could make you smile this morning and help put a new "wrinkle in your brain". LOL Thanks you so much for your kind comment, you have put a smile on my face this morning as well! Have wonderful day! :)


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KellyG05030 3 years ago from New England

This article totally put a smile on my face this morning!! What a great article - I love a fun article that teaches me new things. Thanks for your great array of articles. I always know I can check in a find some fun reads from you!!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Good morning Pat! I was looking up the name of a baby animal for some reason, I don't remember why, and was amused at some of the names. I just couldn't help myself, it had to be a hub! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

This was a fun read and informative...who knows when we may need to know these things?? Jack and Jill ...that should happened....somebody has too much time on their hands to come up with these designations it seems.

Thanks for sharing this with us..

Sending you Angels this 29th day of our new year. :)ps


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I agree! They have not watched them fight at the hummingbird feeder. They can be fierce for such little birds. Thanks for the wonderful comment! Have a great day! :)


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onegreenparachute 3 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

A Charm of hummingbirds huh? Well, I'll bet the person who coined that name never saw them fighting for a spot on my feeder!! Great Hub!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Vespawoolf! I don't remember now why I choose to write this hub, but when I started I couldn't help but add some of my thoughts to it. You just have to wonder where they came up with some of these names! Thanks for stopping in and commenting. I appreciate it as always! :)


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

These are hilarious! I've never heard of most of them. Coalitions and shrewdness? That really throws me off. That hamsters are called bucks and does is so funny. This is a great collection of strange words in our language. : )


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello starbright! Thank you for your kind comment and vote! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Sunshine! The "murder of crows" just kills me! Pun intended! LOL I use the donkey's name often too, maybe even too often! Thanks for stopping in, I always enjoy hearing from you! :)


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starbright 4 years ago from Scandinavia

Awesome. I really enjoyed reading your hub as well as learning some new things too. Naturally voted UP.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Very interesting! I knew about the alligator being a cow and bull. I have to admit I like the donkey's name, I use that often :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Nell! I laughed so hard over some of these. A murder of crows? Makes me think of the movie "The Birds"! I couldn't resist adding some of my thoughts to these. I'm glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for stopping in and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Well I never! most of these I had never heard of! what about the coalition? who would have thought of that one! fascinating reading, and yes loved the humor! lol!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! I thought the same thing....what were some of these people thinking when they came up with some of these names! A murder or crows .... really? I guess we should be glad we learned English as a first language, huh! That's a great idea, a person could use some of these playing Scrabble and clean up! Thanks for commenting and the share! :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Sheila,

Where in the world do people come up with these names? Some of them are really funny. When I hear the word rafter...I think of a building term. Of course it could also be a person floating down a river in a raft. No wonder they say English is the hardest language to learn! Up, useful and interesting. This is great for people who play word games or do crossword puzzles. Will also share!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello iswaryaa22! I"m glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your kind comment and all your support. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An knowledgeable & enjoyable read! Your good sense of humour jazzed up my learning about amusing names of animals. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Funny, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi pjlacy5! Someone had asked a question somewhere about what the name of a baby animals was, I don't remember exactly. I knew most names of baby animals, but not this one. When I looked it up, I found this information interesting as well as amusing, so I thought I would write a hub on it. I think your children will enjoy it. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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pjlacy5 4 years ago from Jefferson, MA

Interesting and funny at the same time! I never knew.... and am going to have my kids read it. thanks for the great info!!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Brenda! Thank you for all your kind words. I really enjoyed writing this hub. My hubby and I laughed so hard at some of these names! I will look for the movie, I really like Cuba Gooding Jr! Thank you for stoppin in and leaving such a nice comment, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I love this Hub. What fun! Learning all the funny names amused and amazed me. I shall share this with my grandson and we will go over it together. He loves stuff like this. By the way....A movie called A Murder of Crows featuring Cuba Gooding Jr is fantastic f you can find it. Thanks for this great Hub.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Brett! I'm not sure where I got the idea for this either. I think I saw a question somewhere about names of baby animals and I thought it might be fun. Yeah! Now I know what my hubby is really saying when he tells me I'm foxy!!! LOL Thank you for your kind words and all your support! It is greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

No idea where you got the inspiration for this hub, but well researched and a fun read! I agree, "that’s not what I thought foxy was" either lol.

Sharing, up, funny, pinned and tweeted.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I have always been interested in animals and thought I knew a lot about them, but there are some names here I have never heard of. Stubborn, asshole---same thing isn't it? LOL Thank you for you comment, I really enjoyed it! Have a great night! :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

A very interesting hub. Enjoyed reading all these things. Despite growing up on a farm with poultry farmers all around, never heard of some of those things about swans, peafoul, or especially, turkeys.

I always thought jackass was the politically correct form of asshole -- when referring to humans. I didn't know jackass meant stubborn. ;)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Jackie! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. I enjoyed writing it. Some of these names are just so ridiculous, it makes you wonder why! Thanks for stopping in and commenting! Have a great day! :)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is so interesting and much of it does not make sense. LOve the pictures, thanks for the enjoyment. ^


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello DanaTeresa! I enjoy learning things about animals, no matter how crazy they may be. I was truly scratching my head, wondering where in the world they came up with some of these names. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your kind comment and vote. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Deborah! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Once I started seeing some of these names, I had to go back in and some humor to it. Thank you for stopping in, commenting and sharing! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

This is wonderful. I love learning things like this. The animal world is so full of fun facts, many of which leave me scratching my head more than they do feeling like I have learned something! Enjoyed this very much! Voting up, etc.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

this hubv is so informative and fun to read all the names of different animals. I love the cheetah I agree we should call the female cheetahness.. great hub

sharing

Debbie


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello b.Malin! Thank you for your kind words. "Tom" turkey is taken after the term "Tom" cat. We know how that goes! Yes, swans and geese mate for life, humans used to! LOL Thank you for stopping in and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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b. Malin 4 years ago

A Fun read as well as an Educational read, SGbrown. So...Tom Turkey is Promiscuity...Mmmm, so Little Hens...Run...Or kiss and tell on Him! On a Serious note, Swans mate for life...How about that.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Lesley! Thank you, I appreciate your kind comment and vote. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Sheila, what a wonderful idea for a hub, a really interesting read and great photos, thank you and voted up


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Carol! With some of these names, you just have to wonder what were they thinking! Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Of course, thank you for commenting and voting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I have to admit these names are pretty odd. I loved the photos. You did your usual great job here. Loved reading this and of course a vote UP.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello TeachableMoments! I saw a question somewhere, someone was asking what a baby animal was called. I am a big animal lover and that just sounded like a good hub to me. As I was writing it, I had to add some of my funny thoughts to it. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your kind comment and vote! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Scribenet! Thank you! I had never heard of a murder of crow, that one reminded me of the show "The Birds". There were a lot here I didn't know either. I found some of them particularly funny. Glad I could help! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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TeachableMoments 4 years ago from California

How did you come up with such a great idea?! I shared this one with my daughter who is our National Geographic Girl and even she didn't know some of this stuff. Learned a lot, had a few laughs and voted up. Great hub!


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Amazing! This is a great reference Hub. I didn`t realize different bird `flocks`were called by different names although I was aware of `murder of crows``... so many terms I just did not know. Now I can toss these terms around and impress others...lol Thanks!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Billybuc! Some crazy stuff here, huh! I'm glad you enjoyed this. I had a hoot writing it! Thanks for stopping in and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love it....a congregation of alligators? I had never heard that. Great fun with this hub!

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