tv Larry King Live CNN November 26, 2009 12:00am-1:00am EST
that does it for this edition of "360." thanks for watching. larry king starts right now. >> larry: tonight -- jack hanna is back. >> these are poisons on his ears. on his eye, see that right there? that's a toxic poison. >> larry: with his menagerie of gila monsters, freakiest and friendliest features. >> hear that? that's a hissing cockroach. >> larry: plus, we'll relive one of our finest or fondest animal moments, kinkajous and camels are coming your way next on "larry king live"!
>> larry: this is -- i'm in the spirit. this is an annual event that i always look forward to. jack hanna, the director emeritus of the columbus zoo, host of "jack hanna wild" on tv. and the kiddies love and adults love it a lot. we do it around the holiday season. we start with a camel? >> yeah. >> larry: we have never started with a camel. >> i like your jacket. >> larry: i'm hip, huh. >> you are hip. >> larry: tell us about this camel. >> this is a dromedary camel. it's the oldest animal in the world. thousands and thousands of years. they raise them. the camel can survive in deserts, several weeks without water. the fat is stored in its hump. some people think it's water. the sandstorms in the desert get real bad.
the animals eyes have two eyelids so the sand can't get inside their eyes, or their ear drums. for a person that have camels in the middle east or austral australia -- by the way, all camels are mostly domesticated. this is one hump for a dromedary camel and two humps for the other camel. it's used for transportation. it's used for food if the camel dies. that fur is used for coats. the bones in the camels are used for knitting needles, weapons. even the dung, the poop, how are you going to cook a steak or beans or anything in the desert without dry wood? you take the dried feces, and you light it and three days late e it cooks your food.
did you ride a camel? >> larry: i did. in israel. >> did your legs get sore? >> larry: yes. >> my wife got blistered and still not healed. >> larry: how's things going? >> traveling to malaysia and africa. and just got back from rwanda. >> larry: did you ever think about retiring? >> i tried to but i don't know what i would do with myself. >> larry: now, we have a bush baby. >> this is a bush baby. >> can you put him on his shoulder? >> larry: that mean it lives in the bush? >> larry: put him on my shoulders. is this a bush baby? >> we filmed the bush baby in africa.
it's nocturnal. you see the eyeballs at nighttime out in the trees. they're not really big trees. they're pollinated, they defecate and pollenates is what it does. the bush baby, it's amazing mechanism. in the daytime, they sleep. what do they do? they sleep in a big ball, like 30 or 40 of them all together get in a big ball together like this, looks like a big blob. therefore, predators like birds of prey -- are you comfortable? >> larry: yeah, he's light. >> larry, this is a prosimian, by the way. look at the hands on this. you see on larry's shoulder, little hands. just like your hands. an incredible shot. if you can get the hands of this animal. i love the bush baby. >> larry: there he is, wow. they grip, too. >> look at those hands. look at this. a shum. a thumb. just like your hands. isn't that amazing. "national geographic" again. >> larry: we have great shots on this show. and now the world's favorite, i think, the penguin.
>> yes. this is ray stafford from the wildlife zoo in phoenix, arizona. >> larry: hey, hey. it's okay, jack, it's a penguin. what's the story with the penguins, and why do we love them so much? >> what is it about a penguin, they're black and white. you've seen "march of the penguins." >> larry: great movie. >> some people don't know this, out of 17 species of penguins, only five live in cold water. only 5 out of 17. this black penguin out of south africa, if it was in cold weather, it wouldn't last several days. but the ones in the "march of the penguins" those can last. the female lays the egg. immediately, the male comes and sits on it. the female leaves and goes out to sea. she leaves him there for 40 days. he loses over half his body weight while she goes out and messes around in the ocean and eats fish and everything. she comes back and the bore guy is about dead, sitting on that chick. >> larry: how did they get that setup?
>> i don't know. >> larry: not fair, protest. >> they have more feathers than any bird in the world. we film these, larry, it's very difficult under water. they're black and white, they're like a bullet underwater. so difficult to film. >> larry: they're adorable. >> no one has ever eaten a penguin. out in the antarctica, they tried to eat a penguin, and it didn't work. i go to the antarctic. and i try to film them -- >> larry: they don't eat them because they don't taste good? >> exactly. >> in antarctica, they collect the eggs and they do a great job. >> larry: and this segment is a serbo, am i pronouncing that right? >> serbo cat. right. >> larry: i wouldn't let him come near me. >> this is a cat from mohr park college here in california. the young people here, they're students.
they learn to work with these. larry, this is a serbo cat from africa. you don't see these cats very often. i want to spend a little time on this. this cat was found up in egypt, if you ever watched "discovery" or "national geographic," you'll see the serbo cat drawn on the mummies and pyramids inside. even the pharoahs were buried with an serbo. a very regal animal. it's one of the few cats in the world that can jump and catch a bird in free flight. six or eight feet in the air. isn't it magnificent? >> larry: magnificent is the right word. >> look at the back of the ears. they're called eye spots. see the ears? those are called eye spots. if a hn animal was looking at h they would
think that the cat is looking backwards. >> larry: those are built in? >> exactly. the legs are different lengths. the front and hind legs -- you see the back legs? >> larry: it gives spring. okay. we're just getting started. a kookaburra is next. what is that? we'll find out next. so, at national, i go right past the counter... and you get to choose any car in the aisle. choose any car? you cannot be serious! okay. seriously, you choose. go national. go like a pro. diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating. that's me! can i tell you what a difference phillips' colon health has made? it's the probiotics. the good bacteria. that gets your colon back in balance. i'm good to go! phillips' colon health.
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>> larry: we're back with jack hanna's big night here on "larry king live." our first segment was titled "africa." this is called "birds." this is a kookaburra. what exactly is a kookaburra? >> our good conservation friend, steve irwin, i know you remember him, this is the kookaburra from australia. it's camouflage and sits on a tree. you don't ever see it. it eats snakes and frogs and that type of thing. it's got a sound. i don't know if i can get it to do this. larry, tell me -- >> larry: well, we can't top that. good night. >> larry, i'm sorry, this makes my day, it really does. it's hard for him to do it. i can't believe he did this perfectly. that's a perfect kookaburra call. when you're in the outback in australia and nighttime, you hear that, and you don't know what it is, let me tell you
something, what is that. it's called the laughing kookaburra. don't you like that? >> larry: you're not kidding. >> that's how they call each other. >> larry: i've got birds right behind me. >> larry: that was good. >> just replay it. >> larry: these are the biggest and smallest owls, right? >> larry, i've never done this before ever. this shocked me. this is susan, my wife. i didn't know she was going to bring an animal out. >> larry: this is your wife? >> this is my wife. >> larry: i thought you didn't know. >> i didn't know she was going to do this. >> we surprised you. >> this is the largest owl in the world, the largest owl in the world. what sue has is the smallest screech owl. what animal is found on every continent of america?
a species of owls. except for antarctica. >> larry: don't tell me an owl. >> an owl, exactly. let me show you something, larry. people ask, why does he turn his head that way. the eyes are so big. i was going to say if i see pretty girl, you can take your eyes without moving your head, right. the owl, he cannot do that. with his eye socket, he cannot turn his eyes. isn't that amazing? the ears are not up here like the little tufts are. the ears are faced like this, like a cup. so this owl -- neither one of them -- they like insects. this owl, that likes the insects, too. this owl, if he's out for a mouse or rat in this room, he can hunt in that location without seeing it. that's why they call it the wise old owl because of its senses. its brain, larry, is very small. how much do you think an owl weighs? >> larry: 35 pounds. >> you hear that? i'm not laughing at you. >> larry: yes, you are. what does it weigh? >> only two pounds.
it's all feathers and hollow bones. can you imagine this? >> larry: my goodness. >> look at this, larry, it just disappears inside. >> larry: okay, wise old owl. the american bird. the bird that salutes this country. you don't see many of them. i was driving in montana once with ted turner and we saw one fly, and he went nuts. a bald eagle. >> every time i see a bald eagle, they're coming back again pretty good though because of being an endangered species. melanie from the beautiful farm there, the jacksons, they rescue bald eagles from not just alaska all over the country, all this country. this is a big alaska bald eagle. it looks like one. they're much larger than the florida bald eagles that might live in ohio. >> larry: the bird of america? >> exactly. the whitehead appears after four years. a lot of eagles are shot
thinking they may be a buzzard or something but they're an immature bald eagle. look at the talons. it's very important to see those talons. if melanie were here without a glove on if that were a wild bird, larry, those talons would go through her skin, break her bones and in a second. the pressure on the arm is beyond anything you can imagine. >> i work out. >> look at that beak there. it's used for tearing. >> when he does that, what is he doing, is he refreshing herself? or he wants to take off? >> exactly. she's just getting comfortable on my arm. she's stretching out her wings like we stretch our arms. >> larry: i got to get one more. >> thank you. a lot of them hit power lines. >> larry: and now we have a red-crested turacao. >> look at the colors on the screen. golly. look at this head. i think it dates back to
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>> larry: we're trying to do that, we got one on the set with jack hanna. >> have you ever had a kangaroo on your set? >> larry: i don't think so. this is a gray one. >> it's a marsupial, like a baby is born like a worm, as big as your fingernail. comes out of the birth canal. it lives six months in the pouch for six months and attaches to the breast there. it's a marsupial like the koala and mammals like that. they have speeds up to 40 miles an hour. they live in groups called a mob. see how he stands up? when they're full-grown, larry, it can stand higher than you can. one guy, two years ago was killed in australia. you see the claw, the foot on the camera right there, see that right there? that thing becomes about eight inches long, larry. it's lethal. anybody corners a kangaroo, what he does, he reaches out like this, goes bam, with his foot.
the main means of defense, larry, if they're recorded. like a dog. >> larry: they go pretty fast, huh? >> up to 40 miles per hour. plus, larry, these animals are quite prevalent in australia. they're still raised for meat in certain parts, like cattle are. their speed is 30 feet in a hop. >> larry: 30 feet in a hop. >> thank you, david jackson. beautiful animal. >> larry: the next is a spider monkey. >> this is anita jackson. this lady here is terrific, what they rescue. someone had this in a dumpster, larry. tried to have it as a pet. you can see the legs are cru cru crumpled up. no one wanted it. they thought it was dying. people say a monkey is a pet. that's the worst thing you can possible do. they carry disease, they bite and it's against the law. >> larry: why the term "spider?" >> look at these hands and legs here. this is deformed, okay but a real spider monkey, his arms are like a big spider. he goes around, larry, like
this, see this, he can swing, they are in beautiful big families. they can swing, larry, like 30, 40 feet from tree to tree, like big black spider in the air. don't have one as a pet. they're not good. >> larry: we're with jack hanna. animals from the desert are in the city. we'll be back with a porcupine and a gila monster after this. alright, so this tylenol 8-hour lasts 8 hours... but aleve can last 12 hours. and aleve was proven to work better on pain than tylenol 8-hour. so why am i still thinking about this? - how are you? - good, how are you? aleve. proven better on pain.
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>> larry: we're back. and this is an african porcupine. >> larry -- >> larry: these hurt? >> yeah, they hurt big time. where did david go? >> larry: he ran. >> don't let him -- just don't touch him. now, larry, one thing about this thing, they do not throw their quills. no porcupine throws their quills. the american porcupine has a barb on the end of their quills. if he were to touch you, larry -- >> larry: he ain't going to touch me. >> if he were, though and the quill were to come out, you could die from infection. you try to turn the porcupine over there, underneath the tummy there, it's very, very soft, that's how they attack. what they do, run around the porcupine and get him dizzy and he falls over. and that's how they attack the animals. these quills are used for
weapons, knitting needles, all sorts of things. they are nocturnal. i've seen them all my life. they rattle the quills like a rattlesnake to keep the predator away. if they don't, if a lion comes up, you get one of those things in him, you can imagine how hard it is to get out. >> larry: go, go. getting a little too close. >> thank you, david. i don't know how you pick that up. >> larry: i give david a lot of credit. this is the scorpion. >> what's that? >> larry: look at that. >> you are crazy. >> can larry hold it? >> larry: no! i don't want to hold it. >> how do you know it won't sting you. look at this here, buddy. this is an amazing creature. that is the biggest one i've ever seen, larry. there's a stinger right there? back here? see how he gets excited? they also glow in the dark, larry. these animals are eaten by the
fake fox in america. they sting really quick. they can eat the scorpion. this animal, larry, if you're allergic to bee stings can be lethal. it's a sting that can hurt you. put him on your jacket. i want to see him on your jacket? don't let him get near your ear. hold im. >> larry: hey! >> don't let him get near his throat. that is cool. >> larry: cool for you. >> wow. >> larry: next. the gila monster. >> this is the gila monster, and you find these out in the deserts of california -- >> arizona. >> larry: it's a lizard? >> it is. >> turn him. i don't want larry to touch his head. it's very poise announce. it's a neurotoxic poison, right, anita? >> exactly. they can go weeks without water. >> larry: do they live a long time? >> we don't know a whole lot about them in the wild.
that's the crazy thing about them. >> larry, one thing to do, though, if the predators will come, they'll turn that tail, toward the predator, he'll turn around, jerk it off and eat it while the runs away. i'm not making that up. >> here's the venom gland. >> i've never seen the mouth. can we get that on camera? >> those are the venom sacks. >> he doesn't have fangs, he chews. >> he's not a human. small prey. >> look at this, larry. see the sacks on the side there. >> larry: yeah. >> that's amazing. i have never seen one open its mouth. that's the first time. >> larry: one more on this segment. one of the favorites, return of the finnick fox. >> this animal lives in the sierra desert. there's no water out there. snake, farms, dogs, anything
this animal will eat. the smallest fox in the world. the ears are big obviously for hearing, they're mainly for keeping cool. they are in a zoological park and the ears are always flapping. like a radiator. we are 98.6, we can monitor our body. the animal has little blood the animal has little blood vessels in his ears and h stays cool in the desert. >> larry: hey, folks, can't get to a rain forest for the moment? we'll bring it to you with an ocelot, a baby sloth and a kinkajou. that's why aarp is fighting to put people first, not insurance companies. to protect medicare and keep drug costs down. and to ensure that no one is denied coverage due to age or health. because at aarp, we believe your health is worth fighting for. ♪
>> larry: we're in the rain forest with jack hanna on "larry king live." and a hungry ocelot. >> larry, you may have heard about the ocelot. >> larry: it smells a little weird. >> it's a urine smell that they have to mark their territory. the ocelots were sold in the '60s and 70s as a lot of pets. they're endangered now where it was in the '60s and '70ss where it wasn't in the '80s. larry, look at that coat. absolutely gorgeous. you can see why people hunted the animal. now, they can now make the fake furs which is much, much better on everybody. ocelots, larry, you smell that odor. that's how they mark their territory. the ocelot is nocturnal, and notorious for finding birds.
and stuff at night. this cat can walk by you 6 inches from where you're sleeping in the jungle and you will never hear this animal. i've only seen them twice maybe in all of my years in central and south america because they're difficult to find right now. they're a solitary cat. they're not a social cart like a lion, they're a solitary cat. it represents the jungle, like the jaguar for example in of south america, the ocelot is next. which kind this here? >> a geoffroy. >> larry: what's that? >> a primate? see the meal worms. they're babies, larry, don't even weigh -- they're big as your finger. they're social creatures. a golden lion tame r, it has a beautiful head on it. beautiful big head. these are great pollinators. you talk about pollinators.
these animals are like birds. they pollenate from tree to tree, like birds. it has lost lot of its habitat as well. they're endangered. >> larry: this full grown? >> this is full grown. there's quite a few. crested tamarins. look at it. look at its head. look at the haircut. almost like people have a little mohawk. >> larry: i like that look. now, we have frogs from three rain forests. >> oh, yes. put your hands up here where the cameras can see it. open your hands. >> larry: the one in the middle looks like a toy. >> which one is this one? >> a red-eyed tree frog. >> from where? >> south america. >> look at the color of that frog. see that right there. turn around a little bit, see his head. that's a tree frog. look at that, larry, look at this frog here. what is that?
a leaf frog from malaysia. this is where i'm getting ready to go, larry. that's where i'm going. look at that, larry. look at the head on that one. look at that. it eats flies and things. does that look like a leaf to you or what? >> larry: sure does. looks like a leaf. >> look at this here. >> larry: what is this? >> a cane toad. this is the one that you know who jumped on your son, this is the much bigger one. these are poisonous behind his eyes there. that's a neurotoxic poison. >> larry: oh! >> only if you eat the frog. just don't touch it. >> larry: we will show chance jumping at this. do it to the son, do it to the father. >> don't touch it. this frog was brought over from south america to control the
rats and mice in the sugar cane fields. the frog has bred so much, it's taking it out of control. it's gotten out of hand is what's happened. >> larry: go, go, go, go elsewhere. >> larry, he's not going to hurt you. look at this one. >> larry: okay. look at that one. he wraps himself in a bunch of slime, like snot or something. want to touch him? >> larry: yeah. slimy. >> you can wash your hands later. isn't that weird? >> larry: ♪ jeremiah was a bull frog he was a good friend of mine ♪ you see, i'm in that kind of mood. >> this is the kinkajou, larry. it's from south america. it was sold in pet trade in the 1960s. that's not allowed. that fur is so thick, larry, a bee sting couldn't get in front and penetrate.
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the rosy spoonbill, from where, anita? >> the caribbean. >> the caribbean. you see the birds flying and nesting. things like that. this is where all the birds fly and nest. they're beautiful pink animals. they come and nest at night. a spoonbill, you can see in the water there, they can take that beak and scoop up fish, even on the bottom if they want to feed. it's a very valuable tool for the spoonbill. you can almost feel how soft his beak is. you see his legs there, he's not a bird of prey where the animal has strong talons. it's more for balancing. they turn real pink, too. >> larry: and now the next builder of dams, the beaver. >> people ask what was the worst bite i ever had, on the david letterman show in 1996, the beaver almost took my thumb off. no, no, why don't you get the beaver. >> larry: i told you, he building another dam. >> look at those. i don't want you to look at the teeth, but they're big teeth. they're very important.
he can tear up a tree. a lot of people in montana, you've been in montana, i'm sure. don't like them to be there because he dams up rivers and fishes. they're very important for making ponds and certain lakes if they're in the right place. the beaver is still trapped for, obviously, its pelt there. i don't know if you can see the tail or not. that tail is used as a warning signal for all other animals as well. if that beaver knows something alarms it, it will slap its tail and warn the deer and the other animals take off. >> larry: it helps the other animals. >> it does. if you ever saw a cute little beaver, they're as cute as they've ever could be. in a beaver home, they're just a neat, neat creature, larry. if you ever see baby beavers and a mom, it's incredible. baby beavers. the worst bite i ever had was by a beaver. look at the back foot. hold on a minute. look at the back foot. it's like a duck's foot. >> larry: yeah, it is. >> look at that back foot. isn't that amazing. >> larry: here comes the screamer. >> what is this thing? >> that's actually a good
question. >> where's it from? >> they're from argentina. >> i've never seen one of these. >> larry: i haven't either. >> that is a big question about them, what exactly is this bird. this bird looks kind of like a vulture. has the long legs like a stork, but they're most closely related to a duck. >> larry: a duck? who named them the screamer? >> they're named after the sound they make. they make a loud screaming call that can be deafening when there's a flock of them. in the swamps, they'll scream to attract a harem of females. >> larry: i do the same thing. >> once they do that, they protect them with these. they actually have weapons that have spurs on their wings. see these spurs -- >> look at this, larry, i've never seen this. look at this spur. look at that. >> larry: yeah, a spur. beautiful. >> oh, shoot. you got it again. >> that is sharp. go ahead and touch me if you don't believe me. >> larry: i believe you.
bye, screamer, eat some corn an get out of here. you're making me nervous. >> i think he likes corn. >> larry: i do, too. >> that is the neatest bird. >> larry: now we have a water monitor. this is like in school. go out and monitor the water. what is that coming out of his mouth. >> the wildlife world zoo, in phoenix, arizona. the brand-new aquarium, only aquarium in that part of the world. look at this. this is a savannah water monitor. larry, look at his tongue. what he's doing, he's stealing your attention right now. you don't want to do that. act like you're not nervous. better. do this, larry. it feels good. let him touch your hand. do that. has it ever licked you? >> larry: it's not poison? >> no -- well -- >> larry: well, don't say well. you try it. >> put it like that, larry, do you see that?
>> larry: yeah, did i see it? >> do you feel it? >> larry: yeah. >> what he's doing is he's picking up particles. what the dragon will do if he bites you. he will track you for days. the bite isn't what's going to kill you. do you like this animal like i do. this is the biggest one i've ever seen. >> larry: let's get in the alligator. two little alligators. wait a minute, i said little. >> is it a little one? holy mackerel, larry, wow, wee. larry, have you ever seen an alligator that close? >> larry: no, i've never seen that many teeth. >> this is the alligator. watch this. if they can show us on the camera, he's got two eyelids. watch this. see that. he can see you under water. when you're down there, you think he's not watching you, he can. he also hunts as our good conservationist steve irwin told us, he knows a lot about the crocodile.
those are sensors, they pick up vibration. if something's in the water swimming up to two miles away, larry, they can feel it like sonar in the water. he lives up to 100 years old and can go for one year out eating. >> larry: are these babies? >> this a baby alligator right here? >> uh-huh. >> and that's also a little baby, right? >> uh-huh. >> this is probably a year ago, a year 1/2 old, this is how would, david? >> 25. >> they can outrun a man. in the first 20 yards. can you open his mouth? >> sure. >> you can? >> yeah. look at this, larry. you can watch this at home. we'll open his mouth here. be careful, i want you to look down his throat, larry. don't put your head in there. you see the flap there. you see that. >> larry: i see that. can we get that on camera? it's very interesting. >> he doesn't drown.
>> these are the jacksons. they raise them and also called a caribou. anita does a great job with this animal. the female and male, one of the few deer species that both have antlers. both the male and female. she loses the antlers after the male. >> larry: is that a she? >> that's a she, yes. you've heard of rudolph the red-nosed reindeer? >> larry: heard of him, yeah. >> the reason they go click, click, click, up on the red top, click, click, click, those feet have cartilage in them. every step, it talks. it's not the roof. all the kids watching, this is what brings santa claus to your house and down the chimney. this is the female, really rudolph could have been, right, anita, a female? >> uh-huh. >> because the male had already lost his antlers. that's just a tale. i want all the kids to think this is one of santa's reindeer
and she'll have to go back and get ready for a long long trip around the world for christmas. >> larry: get ready, rudy. >> by the way, larry, they have a nose that's soft as cotton and helps them eat substance on top of rocks. >> where are they? >> up towards the north pole. >> larry: this is the official bird of south africa. the stanley crane. >> that's a beautiful crane, like the official crowned crane offer uganda. beautiful bird, larry. these birds have long legs, obviously. you see their knee there, that's their ankle there in the middle of their leg there. these birds love to eat fish and things like that, larry. they get under the water, not deep. they're beautiful when they're flying as well. >> larry: the next guest is low on nature's love scale.
turkey vultures and skunks. stick around. this is a honda pilot. and this is the chevy traverse. it has more cargo space than pilot. including the most space behind the third row. and traverse beats honda on highway gas mileage too. more fuel efficient and 30% more room. maybe traverse can carry that stuff too. the chevy traverse. amer. compare us to anyone and . yeah. would you like a pony ? yeah ! ( cluck, cluck, cluck ) oh, wowww ! that's fun ! you didn't say i could have a real one.
>> i want people to see what i'm talking about. the average porcupine that you saw earlier does not have a barb. i'm pull thing very hard right here. that was in her skin right there. take these home to your sons and let them fight each other. just kidding. >> larry: they will. why was this porcupine different from the other, which was biger? >> the african porcupine is much, much bigger. this is a north american porcupine. that looks like soft fur, doesn't it? i don't want you to get hurt again. she's not hurt, though. there's the quills under there. >> larry: hidden quills. >> there's a barb there. you cannot see it with the naked eye. the minute you touch this animal to try to eat it, that will come off in their mouths or hands and they die of infection. >> larry: and it also has a funny smell. >> you're right. you're right. >> larry: let's meet the striped skunk. >> be careful, take your time, no hurry here. >> larry: here comes the striped skunk.
>> skunks are an animal -- see the tail goes up, right? >> larry: does that mean he's going to smell? >> it could be. i want to encourage people not to ever try to pick up a baby skunk. number one, they'll get sprayed. and, number two, they carry the rabies virus. animals that could have -- don't show symptoms have carry the virus. rabies is still prevalent in our country. so leave the little animals alone. >> larry: what does the spray do? a defense mechanism? >> a defense mechanism. some dogs could be blinded by that. so you take tomato juice and ketchup and put it all over you and it will help get rid of the smell. some dogs that never seen a skunk, how they run from it and know what they can do to each other and they've never seen one. >> larry: here we have, last one in this segment, the turkey vulture. >> look at this. look at this. that's beautiful. this is from moorpark college.
a two year teaching zoo outside of l.a. the vulture, look at the head of the vulture. isn't that amazing? it's bald for one reason only. when it gets down into a dead animal and starts eating, bacteria cannot grow on that, so that's why he has a bald head. the turkey vulture, i don't know if you can do that with the wings. the wings go out from four to six feet. a turkey vulture can soar for days without flapping their wings. they can get up in the air and soar for ever, looking for animals dead on the road. they're important. the talons there aren't for bird of prey, mainly used for balance, not to grab the prey because what they're eating is day. it's a very important animal to nature. >> larry: we saved the best for last, we get up close and personal with cockroaches. they're next.
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>> larry: earlier we showed you a cane toad. if you missed the episode a couple of years ago, chance king who is now 10, was on with his brother, cannon. they were then 8 and 7. here's what happened with the cane toad. >> don't touch this one. this is a cane toad, everybody. if you notice, there's a poison gland. will he hop right here? this is a cane toad. those right here are poison glands. this toad came over from south america, they brought him from southern florida. dog dogs had death and these are poison glands back here. >> get away from me. ahhhh! >> larry: it's okay. >> it's a toad. i don't blame you.
chance, i don't like them either. chance is good. get him out of here! that's historic, folks. bring on the cockroaches. >> put that on larry's jacket. that's a nice one there. don't let him get in your hair, because he'll lay eggs. but he's okay right now. he won't lay eggs unless he gets around hair. >> larry: he will lay eggs? >> that's a she. you've got the male. >> larry: how can you tell? >> let him go down his shirt, he's all right. he's gone now. that's pretty cool. >> larry: where he is? >> he's down your shirt. >> larry: get him out of my shirt. >> just reach down his jacket there. don't be bashful. reach down and get the thing. you got him? oh, good. >> larry: i didn't want to go home with that. >> your wife wouldn't like it. >> larry: cockroaches, they are unusual, right? >> they say they could attack
nuclear attacks but this is from madagascar, the madagascar hissing roach. hear it? hear that? >> larry: yeah. >> it's a hissing cockroach. these are not regular cockroaches. i put them in shops, i go to a restaurant and get bore d by myself, i take them, they serve me my salad and bread and i put them in the basket and they ask me, how is your dinner? i say good, but you got cockroaches and i get a free steak dinner. i put them back in my sock and go to the next place. >> larry: jack! one more. and this is? as stan used to say, the deadly tarantula. >> oh, my gosh, that's a big one there. >> larry: that can kill, right? billion. >> put him on his shirt again. >> larry: no! >> he can't kill you. like a doberman pincher. they're great but have a bad image.
>> people shouldn't just kill these when you see them in the desert. is that neat or what, larry? you are a brave man. >> larry: what am i going to do? i'm afraid to move. >> what happens is if you touch them, they shed their hairs there and it makes you itch a lot. so just wash the jacket. i'm not joking about that. just wash the jacket. put it in your washer or here at the station. and they have little pinchers at the front right there. and plus, larry, when it sheds its skin and its shell about twice a year, he crawls out of his entire shell and it looks like a tarantula sitting there and yet he's over there. i don't know how they do that, how they leave a perfect shell and he lives over here. that really matches. >> larry: we are out of time. >> you can leave him up there. >> larry: i'll close with him. we're out of time, but we still got more animals. head to our website, cnn.com/larryking and you'll see a web extra with jack hanna.