Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Which baby animal is your favorite?

There's a new baby panda at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. It was born over the weekend, & a lot of people are keeping their fingers crossed hoping the little guy (or gal) will make it. We learned in one of our Sunday classes that baby pandas have a high mortality rate. In fact, according to our textbook, six out of ten die shortly after birth. Fortunately, so far, so good for this cub although a twin came out stillborn on Saturday. This is the latest story from ABC News.

          KEEPING ONE'S FINGERS CROSSED - hoping for the best; hoping for good luck
          MAKE IT - survive; be successful 
          MORTALITY RATE - death rate 
          STILLBORN - already dead at birth

Baby pandas are called cubs as are other bear babies, and though they are born the size of a stick of butter and with very little hair, you probably agree they are very cute! Right? This made us wonder which baby animal you think is the cutest. Check out the list below, and let us know which ones are your favorites. 

Which baby animals from this list are the cutest?

Goslings, ducklings, kids, joeys, piglets, chicks, calves, lambs, fawns, kittens, puppies, bear cubs, lion cubs, whale calves, seal pups.

Not sure which animals these babies are? Here's a quick vocabulary lesson.

Goslings are baby geese. Ducklings are baby ducks. Kids are baby goats. Joeys are baby kangaroos. Piglets are baby pigs. Chicks are baby birds. Calves are baby cows, as well as elephants, whales, et. al. Lambs are baby sheep. Fawns are baby deer. Kittens are baby cats. Puppies are baby dogs. Cubs are baby bears and lions. Pups are baby seals, foxes, wolves, et al. 

So which ones would you like to pick up, pet and cuddle if you had the chance? Let us know. Share your thoughts here, on the NYLC Facebook page or on Twitter @NYLangCenter using the hashtag #ilovenylc.

-- Joe Yu, ESL instructor

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