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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"this is a little pup. no, really."

Say your friend invites you to come over and see her new little pup. Who doesn't like puppies, right? So you go racing over there with a giftwrapped chewy bone, and discover . . .

. . . she's got a tiny young shark in her fishtank.

Because the term for a baby shark is a pup. And you had better be prepared so you don't say "Ew," and make your friend feel badly. Though if your friend likes to snuggle up with sharks I suspect she can take it. So consider yourself forewarned and forearmed for any baby walruses, rats (also called pinkies), otters, hedgehogs and moles. Most of those are a stretch, but you never know.

By the way, an echidna's child is a puggle, while an alpaca's is a cria. These and much more young'un nomenclature may be found at the Baby Animal Names page on the adorable ZooBorns site.

1 comment:

Cliff and Olivia said...

Oh, we didn't know that. Thanks for the warning.