Group Think: Animal Names Get Strange When They Come in Groups

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Group Think: Animal Names Get Strange When They Come in Groups

A raft of sea otters. Photo by Mike Baird, CC 2.0

A herd of cows is about as ordinary as it gets, but when some animals get together in groups, they go by some pretty strange names—and often apt and funny names as well. A group of kangaroos, for example, is called a mob. Here are a few more:

A parliament of owls

A murder of crows

A shrewdness of apes

A clowder of cats

A bevy of otters

A skulk of foxes

A knot of frogs

A kindle of kittens

A raft of sea otters. Photo by Mike Baird, CC 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s fun to make up names for groups of human animals:

A school of teachers

An infection of doctors

A basket of ball players

A gathering of gardeners

A backpack of students

A loan of librarians

 

Can you think of any fun group names?

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