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Flamingos stand in the snow on March 18, 2013 at the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany. Temperatures in the Hanseatic city were around the freezing point.      AFP PHOTO / SVEN HOPPE    GERMANY OUT        (Photo credit should read SVEN HOPPE/AFP/Getty Images) Flamingos stand in the snow on March 18, 2013 at the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany. Temperatures in the Hanseatic city were around the freezing point. AFP PHOTO / SVEN HOPPE GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read SVEN HOPPE/AFP/Getty Images)  

Top 11: Oddest collective nouns for groups of animals [SLIDESHOW]

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Taylor Bigler
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Do you know what a group of pugs is called? How about a gang of jellyfish?

Perhaps the most accurate collective noun for a group of animals is the word for baboons. We can’t make this stuff up.

Click through and find out some of the oddest collective nouns for different groups of animals.

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  • This here is a stand of flamingos. Because, you see, flamingos STAND all the time.
  • A bloat of hippopotamuses is also a pretty good description of a group of these big fellas.
  • This is a romp of otters.
  • Jellyfish sting, but a group of them is called a smack.
  • A group of peacocks is called an ostentation. (What came first? The collective name or the way we use "ostentatious" today?)
  • These ferrets are minding their own business (!) Get it? Because a group of ferrets is called a business of ferrets.
  • Here is a shrewdness of orangutans.
  • If this guy had some buddies with him, it would be considered a parliament of owls.
  • Just one more and this would be considered a grumble of pugs.
  • A prickle of porcupines could not be a more accurate description.
  • We can't make this stuff up people: this is literally a congress of baboons. It is perhaps the most accurate collective noun for a group of animals out there, whether in the wild or in Washington, D.C.

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