Late reply, but I definitely chuckled when I saw this word for the first time. To me it just sounds like he's sitting on his...you know what. Sounds uncomfortable. There was another sentence, something like "the squirrel has a big tail" which just had me thinking of a small squirrel with a huge package. XD
Well, Schwanz does mean tail in German, but it also has another meaning. I wonder if svans has the same NSFW meaning
The a in 'svans' should be short, now it sounds like the genitive of svan (which means swan)
Are there a lot of animals that are "ett" words? I thought all of them were "en" words.
Not a lot, but it is not that uncommon either. Some from the top of my head: ett får/sheep, lejon/lion, marsvin/guineapig, ostron/oyster, rådjur/deer.
Words specifically for a male or female animal are always en-words (i think) but generic words and kids can be ett. E.g. "en tacka/en bagge" which is f/m sheep (but ett lamm=lamb)
I apologize for asking, but why isn't it 'sitt'? Lejon is an ett word, at least according to a previous question in this lesson.