GMA: Kinkajou, Ostrich & Siberian Tiger with Jack Hanna


Good Morning America: Jack Hanna

For as long as I can remember watching television (which is at least 25 years), Jack Hanna has been trotting animals out on the set of whatever show will have him. This time it was Good Morning America, and he brought along a Siberian tiger, Kinajou and Ostrich.

Jack Hanna is director emeritus at the Columbus Zoo, and apparently hosts something called Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, which is an ABC children’s program on Saturday mornings.


Jack Hanna: Siberian Tigers Vs Bengal Tigers

GMA: Jack Hanna Kinkajou

Jack Hanna brought wild animals, including the Kinkajou, to hang out with the GMA gang.

It’s unknown how many Siberian tigers are living in the world, but Jack said it’s between 200-500. Siberian tigers grow up to 600 pounds, compared to an average of 400 pounds for Bengal tigers. He said the Siberians are going extinct, but conservationists are chipping tigers to keep track of the population in hopes of ensuring its survival.

Tigers can eat 30 or 40 pounds daily, and apparently aren’t good at pacing themselves because Jack said that some in the wild have caused their stomachs to explode. Why is this a morning TV conversation? People are eating their cereal, Jack.


Furthermore, some of these tigers will bury half-eaten carcasses for later. They are good swimmers and powerful enough to take down a water buffalo. Jack explained that Siberian tigers have different stripe patterns than other tigers.

Eye spots on their ears can confuse or intimidate predators by creating the illusion that the tigers have eyes in the back of their heads. “Tigers is one of the most magnificent species in the world,” Jack said.

Jack Hanna: Ostrich

Next, Jack brought out an Ostrich, which can kick powerfully enough to kill a lion. He explained that their brains are really very small, but they can run up to 40 miles per hour. Despite being dull, they are inquisitive. Ostrich eggs can be up to five pounds.

Bushmen have been known to feed the whole family with a single ostrich egg and use the shell as a canteen, according to Jack. You have to admit, that’s pretty resourceful.

An Ostrich’s diet is mostly grass, but this one was eating some time of kibble out of a dog food bowl on the set.

Good Morning America: Jack Hanna Kinkajou

Jack Hanna brought out a Kinkajou, which defacated on co-host Josh Elliot earlier in the morning. These nocturnal creatures are impervious to bee stings and can be found in Central or South America.

Their fur can turn green and make them hard to detect, track, or photograph. The prehensile tail gives them the ability to balance or grab branches in the wild.


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