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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
Cria is the name given to four different, but related, baby animals found in South America. They all belong to the camelid family, which also includes the two kinds of camel. The parents of a cria can be alpacas, vicunas, or guanacos as well as the option I gave you of llama.
Cygnets don't look much like their parents when they are young, as their feathers are grey. You may remember the story of the ugly duckling, which turned out to be a swan, in the story by Hans Christian Andersen. The male adult swan is called a cob and the female adult is a pen.
Very young elvers look transparent, rather as if they are made of glass with a black line running down the middle. In fact, they are sometimes called glass eels because of how they look. According to dictionary definitions, the name elver comes from a corruption of the name eel-fare, describing the journey made by the young eels from the sea into rivers.
The puggle name has also been used to described a breed of dog which is a cross between a pug and a beagle, but the young puggle in this question will grow up to be an echidna. Echidnas are unusual animals which are mammals, but lay eggs from which their babies are born. Echidnas are found only in New Guinea and Australia.
In the twenty-first century, the name of squab is mainly used for young pigeons raised for food. In the past, it applied to young pigeons and doves of all breeds. Young pigeons are hard to identify as they stay in their nests until they are nearly fully grown. By the time they are seen, they are the same size as the adult bird.
Tadpoles can also be known as polliwogs, which is a fun name for a young creature. Tadpoles are young frogs or toads, and live only in water, while the adults are amphibians, meaning they can live on land or in water. Tadpoles have fat, black bodies with long tails which are absorbed into the adult's body during their transition into frogs.
Young monkeys and baboons are also known as infants, as well as gorilla babies. Young gorillas are raised by the whole group of which they are a part, which may include other family members, but also unrelated adults. In the wild, gorillas live in Africa and are classed as critically endangered, meaning that they are at a high risk of being wiped out completely.
Hares look a lot like rabbits, although they have bigger ears and longer back legs. They live alone much more than rabbits do, and do not have underground burrows. Females make a kind of nest, called a form, in the grass to give birth, and the leveret is able to look after itself very soon after its birth.
The young of several birds are called poults - partridges, pheasants and grouse also have poults. You will have noticed the similarity of the name to 'poultry', and both names come from the French word for fowl, which is poulet.
Turkeys originally came from North America, not the country called Turkey in English, but have been imported to other countries. They are a popular food, particularly for Thanksgiving in the USA and Christmas in the UK.
Although the name joey is particularly associated with kangaroos, the name can apply to any marsupial baby. So koalas, wallabies and the American opossum all have young called joeys. Most marsupials, like kangaroos, live in Australia in the wild, and the babies spend their early days after birth living in a pouch on their mothers' bodies.