Baby Talk

What do you call baby animals—besides cute? While you probably know baby dogs are puppies and baby cats? Kittens, of course! But other creatures in the Animal KingdomEvery animal (from butterflies to basset hounds to black bears to you) belongs to this scientific grouping. have some fun—and funny—names!


When a kangaroo or koala has a bundle of joy, it's called a joey. But did you know a mother echidna's little one is a puggle?


When hippopotamuses and rhinoceroses expand their family, the addition is a calf. Lions, and tigers, and bears? Oh my! Those all have cubs!


Some animals come with more than one name: a baby binturong? That's a pup or kitten. Hog and boar offspring are called shoats or farrows. And while many birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. produce chicks, a peacock has a peachick and a partridge egg hatches into a cheeper!


Other animals, such as primatesMembers of the most highly developed order of animals, including humans, monkeys, and apes. like gorillas and monkeys, give birthThe beginning of an animal's life. to infants—does that sound like any other kind of baby to you? That's right! Humans. Next time you go to the zoo, see how many babies you can see—and name!