|That's a bunch of bull.|
A few years ago, my husband and I were sitting on the couch watching a rodeo. (Yes, I know that seems stereotypical for a Southern couple, but we really aren't the rodeo type. We only like watching the bull-riding part. What can I say? We like violence.)
As one guy was being tossed around like a rag-doll, I made a simple statement to my husband.
"That bull looks a lot like a cow. They are even built the same, only that has horns."
Shock and horror filled my husband's face.
"Um, that's because it is a cow with horns. It's a bull...you know, a male cow", he said.
Now, I don't know if I was absent during that discussion in kindergarten or what, but somehow I had missed that point.
In my mind, there were dairy cows and meat cows. Bulls were an entirely different species. And each of those three species had male and female. Male dairy cows? Yeah. I see now how ridiculous it sounds, but I just never put much thought into it I guess.
I know what you're thinking: "This creme puff's quite possibly missing some filling", but let me say that I was a straight-A student! I did great in school, but, after years of adult-oriented reading, my basic knowledge of animals was lacking. What I needed was a crash course in animal-ology.
And thankfully, my husband was there to help me. Here are just a couple of things he clarified for me:
Rabbits are adult bunnies. Bunnies are just baby rabbits. A bunny is a rabbit, but a grown rabbit isn't a bunny.
You can see how I was confused. I just assumed there were two names for rabbits. I remember reading baby books with my first born and pausing when I came to a page with a picture of these furry little creatures. "Should I teach him rabbit or bunny?" It was a tough decision, but I was a grown-up and by golly, I had to make the call. So, I just said both.
"Chicken" is a general term for roosters and hens. Roosters are male. Hens are female. But, they are both "chickens".
I was upset. How come they get a general term and titles for males and females? My husband tried to explain. "We are humans. But, there are men and women humans." Whatever. Don't try to explain complicated chicken terminology.
Now, before you de-friend me on Facebook or write me off as a dumb brunette, let me just say in my defense...I've moved a lot in the past few years, had two kids and I don't wash my produce like I should.
PS. Did you know that Caribou and Wombats are real animals?!!! Thank you, Baby Einstein...