Amazing Animal Groups | Science for Kids

Amazing Animal Groups | Science for Kids

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Squeaks and I have tons of fun when a group
of our friends get together here at the fort And that got me thinking…we have different
names for different groups of people. Like, a group of kids that all have the same
teacher is called a class… And the people we’re related to, or who
we live with, or who take care of each other — like our parents, grandparents, brothers
and sisters — we call them a family. Well, groups of animals have special names,
too! And I bet you might even have heard some of
them. For example, some groups of animals are called
herds. Most of the time, animals that move in herds
have hooves. This means their feet have a tough, hard covering
to help protect them. Horses, cattle, and deer all move in herds. You might also have heard the word flock. A big group of birds, especially ones that
live or travel or eat together, are called flocks. So if you see a bunch of geese, ducks, or
chickens, then you’re looking at a flock. And you also might know that people aren’t
the only living things that hang out in schools! Do you know what kind of animals live in groups
called schools? [Squeaks squeaks] Good job, Squeaks! Fish! Big groups of fish are often called schools. So, you might be wondering where these names
come from. And the answer is that sometimes names come
from words in other languages. For example, the word school comes from a
Dutch word that means ‘crowd’…so a school of fish is another way to say a crowd of fish. Makes sense to me! But sometimes we give groups of animals a
name because that name describes something about the animal. For example, some group names tell us where
the animal lives. A bee’s home is called a hive. So, a group of bees is sometimes called a
hive, too. Lots of different animals make their homes
in nests. So we call these animal groups nests. Groups of snakes and rabbits are called nests…
and guess what else, Squeaks? You’ve got it! Mice. [Squeaks squeaks] That’s right, Squeaks. A lot of animal groups have more than one
name, too! Like rats. A group of rats is called a colony…pack…swarm…horde…or,
my favorite…a mischief. So, let’s play a guessing game. I’ll tell you the animal, and you see if
you can guess what a group of those animals is called! Don’t worry, I’ll give you some hints
to help you out. Clams and oysters live buried in the bottom
of the ocean. These animals don’t move around very much…they
do all of their living in one spot, covered up with a blanket of sand. So do you think a group of oysters or clams
is called… …a bed…an army…or a flock? If you guessed bed, you’re right! Oysters and clams don’t really sleep, but
since they’re usually buried in a cozy patch of ground, groups of oysters and clams are
called beds! Okay, let’s try another. How about prairie dogs? These little animals and their families live
in burrows — long underground tunnels that they use like streets to travel back and forth. So, do you think the group of prairie dogs
and where they live is called… …a herd…a town…or a troop? Town is correct! Just like you use streets to get around in
your city or town, the prairie dogs use burrows to get around in their town. Let’s try one more…the lion. Now, the name of a group of lions doesn’t
tell us about where it lives…but it tells us something about how people think about
the animal, or what they remind me of. Here’s a hint. Sometimes people call this animal the ‘King
of the Beasts’. Doesn’t he look proud of himself? Do you think a group of lions is called a
bed…a swarm…or a pride? If you guessed “pride,” you’re right! A long time ago, people thought lions looked
like they were very proud of themselves, so today we call a group of lions a pride. And these are only a few of the really cool
animal groups out there. Ask a grown up to help you look up the name
of your favorite animal’s group. And let us know what you learned! Thanks for joining me at SciShow Kids! Do you have a question you’d like to ask
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