TODAY | March 21, 2013
>>> of the wild, getting up close and personal with animals from all over the world that go to the extremes. jeff, good morning.
>> good morning, how are you? i hear this is your first animal segment.
>> yeah, no big deal .
>> i've fallen in love already.
>> natalie's met the spider monkey .
>> bella she's beautiful spider monkey from south america or mexico.
>> and the reason it's called a spider monkey .
>> is because of those very long arms. i know she loves me. wants to come back.
>> she does love you. she's going to give you a hug.
>> what's up with the no thumb thing?
>> their fingers are double length of ours so the thumb would get in the way.
>> and a really long tail. they have prints.
>> yeah, sorry, i'm not getting fresh with you, but the tail there's a print on the end of it.
>> like a fingerprint.
>> and no monkey has two of the same.
>> that's bizarre, so cool. and really -- it works.
>> she wears a diaper because she has projectile poop, which is always fun.
>> you want to take her?
>> yeah, a couple times a day.
>> let's check out our next animal. anteater.
>> this is amazing. his name is slurpee.
>> anything projectile i should know about?
>> no. they do have about a 12-inch tongue, it's like a strand of spaghetti. they're called the stinker of the rain forest . for many reasons. one, because their body odor is kind of like a skunk, and number two, they --
>> go ahead. just get in there.
>> it works every time. it's like a skunky odor. but they also -- they toot a lot, if you will. so they're the stinkers of the rain forest .
>> do they make good pets baa uz they eat ants and termites.
>> it would be good if it worked out that way, but they're rare and you can't get your hands on them. you can't go to a local store.
>> plus they stink.
>> pretty stinky, these guys and sharp claws for grabbing on stuff, holding on.
>> are they usually this coloring too?
>> these are the northern mexican anteaters.
>> you're hilarious, you're like this, it's beautiful. no, that's okay.
>> you can get in there.
>> that's okay. i've been here a little bit longer than he has. now let's take a look at this.
>> these guys are awesome. come here.
>> does this do anything that smells or stinks?
>> they could take a small finger off, but you'll be fine.
>> they hate their smell. so we give them high-end dog cologne. they don't like their smell. look over here.
>> so they will rub up on other smells from objects.
>> fruits, vegetables, things like that, and they can eat venomous snakes. fruits, vegetables, pretty much amazing.
>> who are you wearing? whatever's at the dollar store . the question is what are you wearing? she likes to steal things too.
>> oh, great.
>> they're incredible little guys. from south america . up in the trees. like a north american raccoon, like our raccoons, but they're from south america .
>> and the extreme here being i would imagine the ears when you see these guys.
>> yeah, these are incredible. look at this. it looks like yoda met the taco bell dog .
>> can i touch? not going to bite my finger off?
>> yeah. i'm sorry. i had to break you in, it's the first show. i went light. i went easy. i went easy. sorry. i'm sorry.
>> it worked on me too.
>> i'm sorry for that.
>> very mean. they don't need water for their whole life?
>> no, they can live their entire life with no water, they get the moisture from the food they eat. if they get a bug in the wild or a piece of grass whatever, they'll get that moisture right out of that.
>> that's all they need.
>> these are incredible. it's called a shingleback. and its head, it's a lizard and the head looks like the tail. so if it folds up like this, animals walk up to it and it's like go ahead, pick a head, any head. and it's a carnival game here on the "today" show. if you grab the head, it's a dead lizard, if they grab the tail, he'll regrow another one.
>> thank you.
>> no problem. thank you, guys. i appreciate it.