Funny Animal Names, Group by Group

A grumble of pugs, an embarrassment of pandas, a kindle of kittens! The Compendium of Collective Nouns offers the accurate but wild word for every animal pack under the sun. Here's our guide to remembering which is which.

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A Grumble of Pugs

A Grumble of Pugsamana images/Thinkstock
How to remember: "I hate work," one pug grumbled to the grumble of pugs. "The boss treats us like dogs."

A Kindle of Kittens

A Kindle of KittensStockbyte/Thinkstock
How to remember: Our daughter browsed LOLCats on her tablet, cooing over a kindle of kittens on her Kindle.

An Embarrassment of Pandas

An Embarrassment of PandasiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: The newlywed embarrassment of pandas could not mate on command—much to their embarrassment.

A Congress of Baboons

A Congress of BaboonsiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: Q: What's the difference between the U.S. Congress and a congress of baboons? A: One is a pack of rowdy primates—and the other is a group of baboons. (Hey-oh!)
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A Prickle of Hedgehogs

A Prickle of HedgehogsiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: Snoozing in the sun, I woke to a prickle on my cheek—it was a prickle of hedgehogs scampering all over my face.

A Bloat of Hippopotamuses

A Bloat of Hippopotamuses Fuse/Thinkstock
How to remember: The bloat of hippopotamuses felt bloated after lunch, but thankfully it was a short walk back to the swamp from the drive-thru.

A Mischief of Mice

A Mischief of MiceDavid DeLossy/Photodisc/Thinkstock
How to remember: A mischief of mice discussed how they might scam more cheese. "What if we pretend to be blind?" one said, mischievously.

A Dropping of Ducks

A Dropping of DucksBrand X Pictures/Thinkstock
How to remember: After slipping in a puddle of duck droppings, Father angrily stormed around looking for the dropping of ducks that dropped it.
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A Waddle of Penguins

A Waddle of PenguinsiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: After he ate all of his krill, the penguin waddled back to the waddle of penguins to try to score some more.

A Memory of Elephants

A Memory of ElephantsiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: They say an elephant never forgets. But a memory of elephants never forgets to smell awful.

A Flamboyance of Flamingos

A Flamboyance of Flamingos iStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: Flamboyantly, the flamboyance of flamingos fluttered into the fairgrounds, flopping their feet and flipping their feathers.

A Raft of Otters

A Raft of OttersiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: We were rafting downriver when a raft of otters capsized our boat. "You otter know we don't take kindly to strangers," their tiny chief barked at us. Even while wet, it was hard not to laugh.
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A Bouquet of Hummingbirds

A Bouquet of HummingbirdsiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: My wife thought she was getting a bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day, but I'm much more creative than that. When she unwrapped her gift—boom!—a bouquet of hummingbirds. Nailed it.

A Concerto of Crickets

A Concerto of CricketsiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: It was a beautiful July night, perfect for a concert by a concerto of crickets. Unfortunately they were too tiny to lift their heavy instruments, so we demanded our money back.

A Whoop of Gorillas

A Whoop of GorillasiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: Our seats were right on the fifty-yard line, but unfortunately we were near an annoying whoop of gorillas whooping for the other team.

A Dazzle of Zebras

A Dazzle of ZebrasAnup Shah/Digital Vision/Thinkstock
How to remember: "Dazzle me!" Britney told the dazzle of zebra dancers as they unpacked their sequins and clomped on the stage behind her.
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A Blessing of Unicorns

A Blessing of UnicornsiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: A blessing of unicorns pranced across the rainbow, until one sneezed pixie dust all over his friends. "Bless you," the blessing brayed.

A Wisdom of Wombats

A Wisdom of WombatsMark Nolan/Getty Images
How to remember: I once stumbled upon a whole wisdom of wombats in the woods. They were quietly puffing on homemade corncob pipes and discussing Walden.

An Aurora of Polar Bears

An Aurora of Polar BearsiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: We weren't able to see the aurora borealis in Alaska, but at dawn an aurora of polar bears gave us a kiss good morning. So that was almost as special.

A Scurry of Squirrels

A Scurry of SquirrelsiStockphoto/Thinkstock
How to remember: First, just the one squirrel scurried onto our blanket. But then an entire scurry of squirrels scurried up to us. We never got to finish our picnic because we ran away.
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For more funny names of animal groups...

For more funny names of animal groups...Woop Studios
...including a Husk of Hare, a Troubling of Goldfish, and a Journey of Giraffe, check out A Compendium of Collective Nouns by Woop Studios, available at Amazon, or wherever your local Shush of Librarians dwells.

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