The German language is (in)famously known for being very productive when it comes to inventing new words by simply stringing two or more existing ones together. For example, in German a vacuum cleaner is simply called “dust sucker” (Staubsauger), a kettle is a “water cooker” (Wasserkocher) and the place where our teeth are anchored is known as “tooth meat” (Zahnfleisch). Logical, isn’t it?
Also when it comes to the world of animals, German has a lot of funny combinations. A bat is a “fluttering mouse” (Fledermaus), a sloth is known as “lazy animal” (Faultier) and so on. Now you can check your own knowledge of funny German animal names with the following quiz.