Kelly & Michael: Australian Animals – Kookaburra, Koala & Kangaroo


Kelly & Michael: Australian Animals Take Over

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan invited Rick Schwartz from the San Diego Zoo back onto the show and this time he brought some friends from the Australian outback with him for everyone to meet.

Rich Schwartz: Kookaburra

The kookaburra is a small bird that lives in a group family of about six to eight other birds. The family fluctuate constantly because the females will go out and get pregnant and then return to the nest to give birth. Another usual thing about the kookaburra, besides the strange noises they make, is that they are carnivorous but instead of chewing the animals they catch, they eat them whole.


Kelly & Michael: Australian Animals - Kookaburra, Koala & Kangaroo

Kelly and Michael met a kookaburra, a koala, a kangaroo, a skink and some snakes when Rick Schwartz from the San Diego Zoo stopped by.

Australian Skink

The next animals was a skink. This type of animal is a lizard which can detach it’s tail from its body, both of which look identical, so predators think they killed the skin but really they juts got the tail. Schwartz also pointed out the animals are very fat because they only eat during one season.

Rick Schwartz: Kangaroo

Schwartz brought a kangaroo with him on the show and it was hopping all over the studio. While the kangaroo had fun hopping around, Schwartz explained the kangaroo can grow to be six feet tall and weigh around 150 pounds. He also made sure everyone noted how the kangaroo used its tail to balance whenever it was moving.


Michael Strahan: Black Head Python

Schwartz brought out two snakes for a moment, but he soon put them backstage because Michael was too scared to go near them.

Kelly Ripa: Koala Bear

Schwartz brought out Burly, a koala bear, who he said was unique in the fact that Burly loved people. While most koalas would shy away from people, since he was born Burly has loved interacting with people. He can get mean though. Koalas are actually quite fast and when backed into a corner they will attack. Since they sleep about 18 to 20 hours a day though, the chances of catching it when it is in a bad mood are slim.


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