A curious linguistic phenomenon that has received little attention in recent years is the fact that you can take an ordinary English word, add a letter of your choice to it, scramble all of the letters, and produce the name of some mammal. A few examples of this phenomenon.
Borgmann, Dmitri A.
Word Ways: Vol. 21
, Article 19.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol21/iss1/19