Baby animals are the cutest, but it’s not too common we refer to them by their proper names. In fact, you might not even realize that a “baby rabbit” actually has its own name, and it happens to share the moniker with a cat. Baby rabbits are actually called kittens, and they are not the only little animals with specific names of their own.
If you’re completely unaware of these proper names, you’re not alone. Oxford Dictionaries frequently gets asked what specific baby animals’ names are, so they compiled a list of the accurate terms for these young animals. Here are some of the highlights:
- A baby antelope is called a calf
- A baby beaver is called a kit
- A baby coyote is called a puppy
- A baby eel is called an elver
- A baby fish is called a fry
- A baby pigeon is called a squab or a squeaker
- A baby rat is called a pup
- A baby spider is called a spiderling
- A baby zebra is called a foal
Next time you’re at the zoo or spending some time in nature, impress your friends by referring to these cute little creatures by their proper terms. You never know when they could come in handy!