TODAY | April 22, 2013
>>> now to a special earth day edition of " call of the wild ".
>> the national wildlife federation works to protect the earth all year long so wild animals will have a home.
>> david is here with some of the most interesting creatures.
>> happy earth day .
>> happy earth day .
>> what's the creature on your face, when did that happen?
>> you've got to mix it up a little bit. i've got a furry animal , not a cute mammal. earth day is all about protecting the wildlife. that's what national wildlife federation does. not every animal is cute and cuddly. we've got some that are, a little bit scarey. but the point here is this is a goliath tarantula . one of the biggest species on the planet. just because something is ugly or scary, doesn't mean it doesn't need our help.
>> is it poisonous?
>> it is venomous, it's got one-inch fangs.
>> why you are you handling it?
>> because i'm trained. i wanted to share this guy, because he's though he's not pretty, he's important in the environment. he's a huge predator of all sorts of other insects in the environment. let's look at our next animal here. think you'll like him a lot better.
>> a baby boo boo .
>> a baby black bear .
>> we'll try to feed him a little bit.
>> let's see, he's totally not interested in the bottle. this is a black bear cub. there we go, he's only a few weeks old. he was born in the den with his mom. this is a fairly common season with bears around the world.
>> his mom is in captivity and we're able to use him as a cub to get people engaged in protecting wildlife.
>> so he knows that ain't momma.
>> he's actually, he's got a full tummy. but an amazing animal . this is an animal found all over north america .
>> these are not pets.
>> no, no.
>> this is wild animals , he can only be handled like this and i have the training to do it.
>> let's go to our next animal here.
>> this is a critically endangered species and we're going to let him go right here. this is a black and white lemur. this is an animal --
>> look at her eyes.
>> it's a black and white ruff lemur. they live in madagascar. critically endangered . these animals are declining because of habitat loss , their forests are being cut down. can you adopt a lemur with the national wildlife federation . protecting animals on earth day .
>> they can't come home with you.
>> a sim bothic adoption. when you donate money for the adoption, it goes to help wildlife all around the world.
>> is she okay to have sugar like that?
>> just for her tv appearance. we want to keep her happy for the cameras.
>> what does she eat normally?
>> fruit and leaves. they live up in the trees, they have a beautiful long tail.
>> great. great.
>>> we've got a couple more. going back to us.
>> come over here now.
>> we've got another sort of unlovable animal . it's a lungfish.
>> it looks like a catfish.
>> but it's a fish that breathes through lungs. it's kind of gross looking. these are animals that have amazing adaptation.
>> it has to get enough oxygen and can stay down for a long time.
>> they can survive out of water. in africa where the fish lives, they can live out of water if the water drys up.
>> even though it looks primitive and gross, it's a cool animal .
>> very smart.
>> do we have time for one more?
>> let's head back over here, so we have more room.
>> a kangaroo.
>> i'm going to hang on to her.
>> this is a red kangaroo . joey.
>> that's what they are, joey. they live in australia in the desert. the baby animals need our help. scary animals need our help. so earth day , support animals.