TODAY   |  April 22, 2013

KLG, Hoda meet a ‘bird-eating’ tarantula

David Mizejewski from the National Wildlife Federation introduces Kathie Lee and Hoda to a few animals that need some extra, including a “bird-eating” tarantula, a black bear cub and a red kangaroo.

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>>> 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.