Who knew that collective animal names could be so odd or amusing! It's as if some guy went on a safari and just blurted out the first word that came to mind when he saw a bloat of hippos. That's right, when gathered in a group, they're called a bloat. Check out all the hilarious names that are out there for animals when they cluster in crowds!
An army of caterpillars is actually rather terrifying is you think about it. A bunch of little wormy guys eating all your plants — ew! But the army will become significantly less scary when it turns into a bunch of pretty butterflies.
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Is this like a Red Rover game thing where all the bobolinks hold hands and refuse to break their chain of feathers no matter how hard Bobby the Bobolink tries to get through? Probably not, but the bobolink's song is said to have inspired poet Emily Dickinson.
Surely some guy was so mesmerized by their stripes that he had no choice but to call them a dazzle. Another, and more likely, explanation for the silly name is that their stripes may help to confuse predators with with the dazzling effect they can have in a large group. When a bunch of zebras stand or move together, they may appear as one large mass of flickering stripes, making it more difficult for the predator to pick out just one target.
If only governments could form coalitions as easily as cheetahs! Well, only the male cheetahs form coalitions, actually, and they usually only consist of two or three cheetahs while the females prefer to be on their own.
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Imagine if the Parliament in the U.K. were made up of a bunch of owls? These guys look like they'd do the job well with all that wisdom stored away behind those big, black eyes. Their first oder of business would be to bring back the robes and wigs, though the female robes would have to be slightly larger as lady owls are often bigger in size than their male friends.
You can't get a better description for a group of porcupines; they're cute, but they also have a bunch of spikes sticking out of them. And just in case you were getting any ideas about giving them a group hug, some guy was smart enough to call them a prickle, just to remind you about how unpleasant that embrace would be.
Look at thtat face! Such wisdom. Much cuteness. Wombats are the closest relative to the koala, and they have a backwards facing pouch so that they can still dig holes without getting dirt all over their wise little wombat baby!
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