TODAY   |  January 02, 2014

Hoda and Carson talk to the animals, and animals talk back

Julie Scardina from Sea World and Busch Gardens introduces Hoda Kotb and Carson Daly to a few of her animal friends, including an African ground hornbill that likes to recycle and a cockatoo with plenty to say.

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>>> we are back with today's " call of the wild ." jaulie is here from seaworld busch gardens with very talented animals.

>> oh, my gosh. and there's a lot more to these fun behaviors than meets the eye.

>> hi, julie. what are we beginning with?

>> a ground hornbill . training is so important for animals. it helps stimulate them. it challenges them. so recycling behavior --

>> what do you mean recycling behavior.

>> i want you guys to toss out these bottles on the ground. people maybe know that's not the best place to put trash and he puts them into the recycling.

>> why don't you hold this one.

>> i get it. i get it.

>> what's his name?

>> baraka. and so this is actually --

>> what noise does he make? is that breathing or communication?

>> it's communication. he's excited.

>> hold on to it.

>> you guys didn't throw the bottles down fast enough. he's taking them out and putting them back in. it gives them opportunities to show their natural behavior would be to forage on the ground. instead we turn it into opportunities for him --

>> oh, my god.

>> and it gives him activity as well. so we're going to move on to the next animal which --

>> yeah.

>> hoda, i'm going to go ahead and have you do.

>> all right.

>> so we've got a cat. now most people think that cats cannot be trained. hoda come on over here.

>> oh, god. you know this is not going to work.

>> i'm going to put the cat down right by your right foot. step out with your left. here we go.

>> step. keep stepping.

>> i'm so sorry. i am sorry. i cannot -- i tried to -- okay. i'm trying to --

>> let me show you and then you can try.

>> what is the cat supposed to do, go through your leg.

>> he does a weave behavior.

>> go, kitty, go.

>> he says who are these people watching me.

>> i see.

>> okay. this is kahlua.

>> that cat has no interest.

>> kahlua. oh, there you go. come back over here.

>> okay. i'm ready.

>> we can turn around and go the other way.

>> all right. okay.

>> don't step on the kitty.

>> there we go.

>> keep walking.

>> is something happening?

>> he's walk with you. how about a cat that walks with you.

>> just keep walking. keep going.

>> we have time for -- we'll do the 24th quickly.

>> all right. we've got a cockatoo who is gorgeous. very smart. now parrots are very needy animals, actually. a lot of people know how smart they are and everything. they love to perform, don't they? yes. can you say hi to everybody. where is that kitty? can you say hello?

>> hello.

>> good. can you do a chicken. [ making chicken noises ]

>> do you think hoda looks good? [ whistles ]

>> one of my favorite behaviors that he does -- that she does, actually is a great big eagle .

>> you have to duck. good job.

>> we have a cat that loves to jump out in the wild, obviously. they have the longest legs and the biggest ears of any animal. we'll have him jump on to the table. see how effortless that is. and training is so great for your pets at home. it helps you deepen your relationship and add a dimension to the way you interact.

>> thanks, julie.

>> beautiful.