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What in the world started these animal groups?

I was sitting about wondering one day why we call groups of animals certain things. As a ‘Murder of Crows’ for instance and decided I would look it up.

Here is what came up. It’s a longish list but interesting.

Albatross: a Rookery
Alligators: a Congregation
Apes: a shrewdness
Badgers: a cete
Bats: a colony or a camp
Bears: a sloth or a sleuth
Bees: a swarm
Buffalo: a gang or obstinacy
Camels: a caravan

Cats: a clowder or a glaring
-- Kittens: a litter or a kindle
-- Wild cats: a destruction

Cobras: a quiver
Crocodiles: a bask
Crows: a murder

Dogs: a pack
-- Puppies: a litter

Donkeys: a drove
Eagles: a convocation
Elephants: a parade
Elk: a gang or a herd
Falcons: a cast
Ferrets: a business
Fish: a school
Flamingos: a stand
Fox: a charm
Frogs: an army
Geese: a gaggle
Giraffes: a tower
Gorillas: a band
Hippopotamus: a bloat
Hyenas: a cackle
Jaguars: a shadow
Jellyfish: a smack
Kangaroos: a troop or a mob
Lemurs: a conspiracy
Leopards: a leap
Lions: a pride
Moles: a labor
Monkeys: a barrel or a troop
Mules: a pack
Otters: a family or a romp
Oxen: a team or a yoke
Owls: a parliament
Parrots: a pandemonium
Pigs: a drift or drove (younger pigs),
- - or a sounder, or a team (older pigs)

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Jo Ann Harris, Writer of Daily Musings

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