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Special Names: Baby Animals, by Dennis Oliver

 

Special Names: Baby Animals

 

Did you know that the babies of some animals have
special names? Here are some of them:

 adult animal
 

baby animal

bear, lion, tiger,
wolf, fox
 

cub

cat
 

 kitten*

cow, elk, moose,
elephant, reindeer,
whale
 

calf

deer
 

fawn

dog, fox, wolf,
otter, seal, walrus
mouse, rat
 

pup*

duck
 

duckling

eagle
 

eaglet

 fish
 

minnow

fox
 

kit

 frog
 

tadpole

goat
 

kid

 goose
 

 gosling

horse
 

colt

pig
 

piglet

salmon
 

fry

sheep
 

lamb

swan
 

cygnet

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Special Notes:

1.   Children often say puppy instead of pup for
a baby dog, and they also often say kitty instead
of kitten for a baby cat.
     
2.   Notice that sometimes there is more than one
name for the same baby animal. For example,
a baby wolf or fox can be called either a
pup
or a
cub and a baby fox can also be called a kit.

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