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I originally saw this as part of a NPR word puzzle set.

Can you go from a mammal to a bird by changing only one letter?

There is at least one answer for substitution and addition that I've found (not sure about subtraction).

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  • $\begingroup$ Doesn't seem like a unique answer, you may want to make the question more specific. $\endgroup$
    – Quark
    May 15 '16 at 19:37
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    $\begingroup$ I am voting to close this puzzle as too broad. $\endgroup$
    – manshu
    May 15 '16 at 19:39
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Mammal to Avian substitution:

Moose to Goose
Dog to Doo

Mammal to Avian addition:

Cow to Crow
Doe to Dove

Although there are probably more examples.

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  • $\begingroup$ Doo? I Googled and just got dodo and bird poop. $\endgroup$
    – ZSH
    May 15 '16 at 21:43
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps it's a colloquial term, see here edited. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    May 15 '16 at 21:45
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Substitution

bull to gull

and

seal to teal

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Mammal to Avian substitution:

Rat to Bat (kinda)

Mammal to Avian subtraction:

Beagle to Eagle

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  • $\begingroup$ I'd accept beagle to eagle, but a bat isn't a bird. $\endgroup$
    – ZSH
    May 15 '16 at 21:06
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    $\begingroup$ isn't bat a mammal too ? $\endgroup$
    – Fabich
    May 15 '16 at 21:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Lordofdark marsupial, so yes. $\endgroup$
    – user64742
    May 16 '16 at 3:39

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