This got me thinking about words for North American animals. No problem with things like bears (mathain) and wolves (madadh-alaidhean) they had those animals at one time in Scotland. But what about things like chipmunks and bobcats?
"Tha sinn duilich ach cha deach càil a lorg." is what am faclair beag has to say about chipmunks and bobcats and other North American animals.
What about mountain lions, raccoons and coyotes. These are all animals that live around me here in Colorado and I'd love to talk about them in Gaelic but it can be very hard to find an agreed name for them in Gaelic.
Some of course will have Gaelic names in Nova Scotia because the Gaelic speakers there will have been dealing with them too. Others especially some of our western desert animals may not have a formal Gaelic name. Yet. We speakers of Gaelic out here fad air falbh bhon seann duthaich, might be able to come together and decided what we would like to call these beasties in Gaelic.
Some could be borrowed in directly like perhaps we could use puma for mountain lion it follows the spelling rule and, as far as I know, doesn't have another meaning in Gaelic. Others will need names that say what they are. What are your ideas for these animals?