August 25, 2008

What Do You Call A Group Of Hippos?

So, like they said, you are stuck on 15 down... When it comes to a group of animals, I always get stuck.. Well almost. There are a few good lists for the names of animal groups. For example, did you know that a group of Giraffes is a Tower?! and that a group of Grasshoppers is a cloud? How about a group of Flamingos? It's a Stand. The groups names are interesting. I wonder who came up with all those names? Most of them make sense.

USGS: Animal Congregations, or What Do You Call a Group of..?

Here is another source that I really like. They have additional animals not named in the first link, such as the Baboon and the Bison.

Christchurch City Libraries

The Christchurch Libraries (New Zealand) site also has an additional section for male, female and baby animal names. This list is weird. A male alligator is a bull, aand a female is a cow. I always thought a cow is a cow and a bull is a bull. Period. As a matter of fact I see a lot of "cows", "hens" and a few "jills". As for the males, I see quite a bit of "bucks" and "cocks". Also a jill for a male Ferret.

Not very creative, eh?

Christchurch City Libraries

But when I saw that a male ferret is a jill, I thought to myself it has got to be a mistake. How can it be? So I googled. I came across a site with an interesting article about adopting and fixing (ouch!) ferrets, by Erika Matulich, Ph.D. It confirmed that jill is indeed a female ferret.

Pets. Com: Fixing Your Ferret

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