Kathie Lee & Hoda: Call of the Wild
Call of the Wild on The Today Show and Kathie Lee and Hoda were joined by National Wildlife Federation naturalist David Mizejewski, who brought them animals from all over the world, including a warthog, Burmese python and African Grey Parrot.
Call of the Wild: Warthog
David said they are harmless and he is just a baby. Warthogs are an African species and if you have seen The Lion King, everybody know Pumba. He is only five months old and a member of the pig family. He said he is not the prettiest animal, but just because he is not pretty doesn’t mean he doesn’t need protection too. Hoda said the sounds that it makes are quite disturbing. David said they are very vocal and they live in families and it is an alarm call. If a leopard or hyena comes by, one of them squeals and everybody bolts. He said he will get twice the size of this. They have a mane and tail that stick up when they get scared.
Call of the Wild: Coatimundi
David said this little guy is adorable. It is called a coatimundi. It is a species that lives in South America. He said it is just a few weeks old, so it will get to be about five to eight times the size it is right now. He said one of the species of coatis live in North America. They come up from the desert southwest and that is one of the great things about our country is the diversity in our nature. He said when they are adults they are omnivores and will eat just about anything, just like raccoons.
Call of the Wild: African Grey Parrot
David brought in an African Grey Parrot. Kathie Lee said it is actually beautiful. He said this was an animal that was a pet. They have amazing beaks that help them crack nuts and eat fruit. This was a pet and they live really, really long and the owner abandoned it because they couldn’t take care of it anymore, so David said if you are going to get a bird as a pet you are prepared to take care of it and they can live for decades.
Call of the Wild: Burmese Python
David brought in a Burmese python from Southeast Asia and it is an albino individual, so you wouldn’t see this color phase in the wild and if you did it wouldn’t survive very long. They are predators and wants to eat birds and mammals. David said just because it is a predator a lot of people are afraid of them. He said people think snakes are slimy, but it feels like leather.