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TODAY   |  April 30, 2014

Creatures of rain forest pay KLG, Hoda a visit

Wildlife expert Corbin Maxey stops by Studio 1A along with a squirrel monkey and a blue-fronted Amazon parrot, creatures who call the rain forest their home.

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>> oh, my god, in our " call of the wild ," we're taking a trip deep into the rain forest .

>> they make up less than 2% of the world. and wildlife expert corbin maxey is back with some of them. and welcome back.

>> wait a second. corbin --

>> he is not eating a marshmallow.

>> this is a treat. we want to keep him occupied.

>> tell us about this guy.

>> this is a squirrel monkey , one of the smallest primates. isn't that great?

>> is he full grown?

>> he's full grown. these guys can be found in the rain forests of central and south america .

>> he likes marshmallows.

>> he does. he does. he would not -- he's excited, too. he would not find those in the rain forest , obviously.

>> yeah.

>> but in the rain forest , they would forage in big troops, up to 500 individuals.

>> wow!

>> size has nothing to do with intelligence, right?

>> actually, they're very intelligent. they have the largest brain to body mass ratio of any monkey species. scientists think they're one of the most intelligent monkeys.

>> does he like blue lollipops?

>> i think that's for me, but yeah.

>> okay. thank you so much.

>> i'm excited.

>> this is going to be good.

>> birds, and i hear you love birds .

>> i love them. i don't know if they love me.

>> they love her hair.

>> a blue-footed amazon parrot . hoed za, do you want to hold it?

>> does he speak?

>> actually, we are going to try. just say hi, hoda. say hi.

>> hi.

>> hi.

>> can you say hi?

>> hi. hi.

>> hoda, you're doing a great job.

>> he doesn't talk.

>> hi.

>> that is not nice. he doesn't speak.

>> he might be intimidated by your hair. i'm being serious. they live in the trees. i'm being so serious.

>> because it looks like a nest? i think it looks good.

>> how do they communicate if they don't talk? what do they do?

>> they actually have different dialects per flock. so they live in these family groups. each flock has a slightly different dialect. different language.

>> bye. bye.

>> hoda, are you sure you don't want it?

>> we have a lot of animals to get through.

>> a lot of animals. this is one of my favorite animals. thank you, micah.

>> this looks like a rabbit and a deer.

>> this is a patagonian katy. it looks like a row dent. rodent.

>> there you go.

>> isn't that amazing? yes. he's only nine weeks old. he will get anywhere from 20, 35 pounds. they get pretty large.

>> i can't believe this. don't you love to watch any little animal having a ba-ba?

>> he's one of the only animals that's monogamous. they're monogamous. they stay in life partners. humans are not monogamous.

>> oh, my gosh. get in there. come on. hey.

>> you're putting it up his nose. he doesn't like it. we're going to bring out the last one.

>> kathie lee . because we just had a rodent on, he might bite. that's why we're -- thanks, guys, for leaving.

>> yes. thank you all very much.

>> this is an albino burmese python . i would let you guys touch it, but like i said, we just had a rodent. found in the forests of southeast asia . isn't that cool?

>> i've seen a lot of them but not that color.

>> that's an albino?

>> it's an albino. a lot of people don't realize they are born out in the wild. a bird of prey , raptor, picks them up.

>> vulnerable.

>> they can get bigger.

>> bigger than this?

>> up to 20 feet, hoda, weigh over 200 pounds.

>> what do they eat?

>> monkeys, pigs and deer.

>> look at the monkey! corbin, you rock. that is some kind of crazy. take care of yourself.

>>> tomorrow, we have a big show , don't we?

>> yeah, tony and emmy-winning actress suzy kurtz is with us.

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