Hoda terrorized by a tremendous tortoise and an incontinent wolf

Aug. 24, 2012 at 1:45 PM ET

Jared Miller of the Junior Wildlife Champions Foundation brought by some animals to frolic with the ladies today, and in classic wildlife segment fashion, he scared the heck out of poor Hoda.

He kicked things off gently enough with a couple penguins (whose getups matched Kathie Lee and Hoda). Things took a dive from there.

Maybe Jared shouldn't have introduced the beaver as "the largest rodent in North America," because Hoda was having none of it. Apparently, the natural oils that cover its body were not very fresh smelling.

"Not interested in that at all," said Hoda, backing away from the table. She was almost on the other side of the studio by the time he brought out a humongous tortoise, which barely had time to clear the stage before a wolf was carried out.

"I do not like this combo platter," said Hoda, practically climbing the ceiling. When the wolf started to relieve itself on Jared's assistant, she was done.


"The urinating wolf can go that way," said Hoda, off to call a cab to Detroit.

Kathie Lee thanked Jared for bringing the animals on, then told the wolf to go freshen up.

Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor who is also afraid of leaky wolves.

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