Calves Aren't Just Baby Cows!

When you hear the word calf, what's the first baby animal that comes to mind?  For most people, they would think of a baby cow.  Perhaps, surprisingly, a "calf" is the name for lots of baby animals - ranging in size from the cat-sized aardvark to the mighty whale!  The word "calf" is also the term used to describe a chunk of ice that breaks from a glacier or iceberg.

But first, let's clarify something...
The word "calf" is used to describe one baby.  The word "calves" is used to describe multiples.  Some people spell it differently, using the term "calfs" but that is a less common usage. 

Examples of Animal Calves

Humpback whale calf and mother
Humpback Whale calf and mother

Cape Buffalo calf and mother
Cape Buffalo calf and mother

Rhino calfRhino calf

Hippo calf and motherHippo calf and mother

Giraffe calf and mother
Giraffe calf and mother

Elephant calf and mother
Elephant calf and mother

Moose calf and mother
Moose calf and mother

Bison calf and mother
Bison calf and mother

 What kinds of baby animals are called a calf?

  • aardvark
  • antelope
  • bison
  • bongo
  • buffalo
  • camel
  • elephant
  • elk
  • giraffe
  • gnu
  • hippopotamus
  • manatee
  • moose
  • ox
  • reindeer
  • rhinoceros
  • whale
  • wildebeest
  • yak

Can you think of other calves that aren't included in our list? 

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Michelle Stern
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