In keeping with the proverbial madness of the March hare (which, by the way, refers to the phenomenon of bunnies acting bonkers during their spring breeding season) …
I thought it would be fun to quiz you on a few obscure names for animal babes. Take a gander at the list of names, below:
5. Sac Fry
Now, try to match each name to the young animal it refers to:
You’ll find answers beneath each photo that follows, so don’t peek till you’ve made your matches.
Eyas [ahy-uhs] is a nestling hawk or falcon (eyas is a variant of the Middle French niais, meaning “nestling”).
Shoat [shoht] is a young pig that has recently been weaned from its mother’s milk.
Leveret [lev-er-it] is a young rabbit or hare, specifically one that is less than a year old.
Cygnet [sig-nit] is a young swan.
Sac fry [sack fry] is a newly hatched salmon that remains safely hidden in the gravel habitat of its streambed nest until its yolk sac (or “lunch box,” as scientists commonly call it) is depleted.
Yowie [yow-ee] is the diminutive version of the old Scottish term yowe, which means ewe. So, “yowie” describes a little ewe.
As a side note, you might be interested to know that “yowie” also refers to a mythical hominid reputed to live in the Australian wilderness—you know, like our Mr. Bigfoot, only he appears to have less hair …
One last word to the wise: if you holler “yowie!” to summon a lamb, someone may rush to your aid, thinking you’ve dropped a hammer on your toe.