Sunday, November 28, 2021

What Do You Call a Group of Baby Pandas? It’s Not What You Think

Pandas are solitary animals, and rarely form groups in the wild, so this huddle of 14 baby pandas is a really special occasion!

The babies were filmed last year after being bred artificially in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Normally, a female gives birth to only one cub, but this July, a female called Juxiao had triplets and they all survived, which is a world first.

So what do you call a group of baby pandas?

Well, a pack of bears is called a sleuth or sloth, but pandas are kind of special and get their own collective names to choose from:

  • A bamboo of pandas
  • An embarrassment of pandas
  • A cupboard of pandas

Bamboo I can understand, but I’m not sure where embarrassment comes from?

Cupboard is apparently the official zoological term after a heated debate at a Royal Society symposium in 1866. Before that people were saying things like a spoonful or a dream of pandas.

But a cupboard of baby pandas doesn’t sound quite right to me, although it does have a cute mental image. Personally I would call them a pod of pandalings or just a mischief!

For more interesting info about these gorgeous cubs, read our story on baby panda facts.

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Emma Lu
Emma Lu is an author who specializes in Cultural and Historical myths and stories.
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