Yellowstone is home to over 60 mammals and hundreds of birds. Each of these species has a distinct name for their babies. By design or not, we humans seem to have given these young ones names that are as cute as they are.
From bison to bears and various birds, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite baby animals images and names to match below.
1. Grizzly bear sows give birth to one, two, sometimes three, and rarely four cubs in late January or early February while in their den. Grizzly cubs usually spend 2 ½ to 3 ½ years with their mother before heading out on their own.
2. Elk cows give birth to a single calf in May or June. The calves are brown with distinct white spots. They can walk within an hour of birth.
3. A baby owl is called an owlet. Great horned owlets are featured here. Though some are more rare than others, you can find 8 different owl species in Yellowstone.
4. A bighorn sheep ewe will give birth to one to two lambs between May and June.
5. Baby fox are called pups or kits and are born between March and May each year.
6. A moose cow will give birth to one or two calves in May or June. The calves weigh 25-30 pounds at birth. Moose can live up to 20 years.
7. Baby osprey are called chicks. A successful osprey nest produces one to two young. Osprey are slightly smaller than bald eagles and can be easily identified by the dark streak on their white heads.
8. Baby mountain goats are called kids and typically are born between late May and June. Mountain goats are a nonnative species to Yellowstone, but are impressive animals nonetheless.
9. Female wolves give birth to an average of 5 pups in April. Young emerge from the den at 10-14 days. The pack remains at the den for 3-10 weeks unless disturbed.
10. A baby goose is called a gosling. They leave the nest at 1-2 days old and learn to fly at 2-3 months of age. Canada geese numbers are widespread in Yellowstone.
11. Pronghorn fawns are born in late May or June and weigh between 6 and 9 pounds. They are capable of outrunning a human in just a couple of days.
12. Trumpeter swan babies are called cygnets. Cygnets can be identified by their gray color as opposed to the pure white of a full grown adult. Fledging (development of feathers that are large enough for flight) occurs at 100 to 120 days.
13. Reddish-brown bison calves, sometimes called “red dogs,” are born in late April and May. Calves can keep up with the herd 2 to 3 hours after birth and they are well protected by their mothers and other members of the herd.