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TODAY   |  July 26, 2013

Hoda and Dean meet a baby bobcat, but not Bigfoot

Wildlife expert Corbin Maxey introduces a blue and gold macaw and a tiny bobcat kitten, among other critters from around the world and explains their strategies to surviving in the wild.

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>>> all right. it's time for "today's" call of the wild . which means we have a studio full of wild animals . you never know what can happen.

>> these guys can be found at the lush ranch horse in central south america to urban areas of north america . maybe hanging out with bigfoot sfwl do you believe in bigfoot.

>> actually, i do. don't tell my scientist friends.

>> wildlife expert. corbin maxey is here. he's going to tell us all about it. hey, babe.

>> are you excited?

>> i'm excited because i'm a little freaked by our first item.

>> you guys have never had one on the show before.

>> what is it?

>> this is an aguti. many people have never heard of an aguti. they are one of the most important animals in the rain forest . i'm serious.

>> is it from the rodent family?

>> yes, it is. do you smell that? smells great. the aguti -- we're actually going to talk about animal adaptation. they have extremely sharp incisors. they never stop growing. this animal is the only animal that can crack the brazil nut .

>> she's doing it right now. fumble.

>> hold on to it. what happens, these guys cash nets, when there's tons of food available, they cash them. don't have a very good memory. that becomes a beautiful tree.

>> you are -- that's wild.

>> isn't that cool?

>> no tail.

>> they do. it's a dark little jelly bean . stick your fingers down there.

>> no. i'm not putting my fingers down there.

>> it's a dark little jelly bean . speaking about their hair -- do you want to touch it?

>> no, i don't. i can see the jelly bean .

>> will she bite me?

>> i don't think so. you're good.

>> i don't think so.

>> this is so cool. they have -- talk about adaptation, an amazing thing, they communicate with urine.

>> oh, god. i'm out.

>> i understand that.

>> what they'remate ing ritual, the male will spray the female with urine.

>> corbin, there's a name for that there.

>> it turns the ladies on. i'm going to hand the aguti off. we have our next animal here. the macaw. this is so cool. i'm going to show you an animal . this is fantastic.

>> holy smokes.

>> come look over here.

>> what is that?

>> this is --

>> nasty.

>> it's a dinosaur.

>> this is a mada mada. it does bite, hoda. this animal has an amazing adaptation. take a look. you guys want to hold it?

>> no.

>> it's covered with skin. it's covered with warts. this animal --

>> weird. weird.

>> it's an amazing adaptation. it actually helps him survive -- no. in his environment. also it senses the environment.

>> he's looking at me.

>> see the wrinkly guys?

>> he wants something.

>> the wrinkles there actually can detect fish in the environment which is amazing. they have an awesome way of actually eating their fish. take a look at how large their mouth is.

>> all red underneath.

>> hoda, get involved.

>> here's the thing about it. this is an underwater animal .

>> yes. under water. completely under water.

>> good-bye.

>> our next animal over here is a beautiful blue and gold macaw .

>> that is beautiful.

>> they have amazing -- let's turn him over here. amazing adaptations, okay? that beak, fantastic. you also have to watch your fingers.

>> that looks sharp.

>> that beak can open hard to reach nuts. also --

>> where do you find those?

>> actually in northern parts of south america . amaze, they have two toes facing frontwards and two toes facing backwards. zygodactyl. this right here.

>> oh, my gosh.

>> is a 14-week-old bobcat kitten.

>> that is cool. is she going to --

>> actually, she doesn't draw blood yet.

>> she's thinking about it right now, though.

>> a fantastic animal . one day she'll get just a little bigger. about twice the size of a house cat at about 18 pounds. they're one of the most adaptive --

>> back off, barbie.

>> she's just licking everything.

>> they can live in a variety of different environments. you mentioned that. they're actually found in north america . they can be found in deserts, mountains, scrub lands, even urban areas .

>> what do they eat when they're young like this?

>> actually she's starting to get weaned off, she doesn't want to get weaned off but she needs to. five months, birds, rodents, squirrels.

>> corbin, thank you, sweetie. great animals.

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