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Wild Animals with Dave Salmoni and Rob Lowe

Wild Animals with Dave Salmoni and Rob Lowe
Our next guest is here to promote the Puppy Bowl which airs Sunday on Animal Planet. You would think he'd bring puppies instead he brought a bear, and other monsters to maul us. Please welcome the Canadian Tarzan,

Dave

Salmoni

!

Dave

! Hi, how are ya? Sorry, I'm a little hands-full. Yeah I can see that And I will say that I'm already alarmed because you're bleeding already. No that's not true. I need you to sit there. Me here. Why is that not true? I need treats... There's blood on your arm right now. I scratched myself. Yeah, alright. That doesn't count, that's only a little bit! Can you pass me the treats please? Yeah, alright, which ones? Those ones there in your hand, yeah. What is this, chicken? Chicken, yeah. Okay, alright. Hi there, wow it smells like a skunk! Okay, so this is a red fox. And you're right, he does smell a little bit like a fox-- no like a skunk. I guess he smells exactly like a fox. Yeah. Now is this thing dangerous, this animal? Because it looks a little mangy. It looks like-- if you saw a dog that was this size it would be the same level of danger, if he decides to-- Here, buddy, you want that? So no danger. I mean a dog this size I wouldn't be at all scared of. Yeah well I mean a dog this size could bite you and you'd bleed, but you wouldn't have a problem. Okay. A red fox is one of my-- Oh good boy. Okay, why don't we put you right here. We're going to put you down a little bit see if you want a...
wild animals with dave salmoni and rob lowe
treat down here. Yeah, have a treat down there. Alright good boy see that's where he wants some treats. So it's like a fox in the hen house he's actually eating chicken. Yeah, so it's funny you say that. One of my favorite things about these guys is that, you know, they say "sly as a fox." The reason they say that is because they are very smart. Oh! Very agile too! This one doesn't want to be on TV either. Well I think we're going to send him away. Yeah, and now are we worried that there's chicken there and it might excite some of the other

animals

? That's probably a good idea - I'm supposed to be the animal guy but I'm glad you're paying attention. Yes believe me, I am on full alert right now. I need a glove - right there. You know-- here we go. Okay, alright now you know Rob was attacked by a bird I know, so we're going to try to keep him away. Okay-- bad bird karma. Because you do not want to get attacked by this guy. No, yeah those are dangerous, right? Okay so now this is a great horned owl. The first thing you're probably going to notice is-- Why do they always look like they're going through a divorce? The first thing you're going to notice about this guy is the fact-- you can see his wing's a little bit-- doesn't fit along the side. On that side as much as this. He was injured. So he's a rescue, so he becomes what we call an "ambassador animal," he's out here to show...
wild animals with dave salmoni and rob lowe
everybody how awesome they are. He's not able to be released back into the

wild

because he couldn't hunt properly. I see, I see, so he wouldn't be able to, like eat that fox or anything-- would it eat like a baby fox? Totally, absolutely, even adults-- with this guy, a great horned owl-- Wait, wait he'd eat adults? Adult fox? Oh adult fox, I was just checking. I know you have a bird phobia. Yeah. But, I mean, it's great actually. Let me show you the talons there. So those talons on my glove right there That's what they use to hunt. So they can-- I mean those things are 2 inches long in some cases. They can kill things as big as a baby deer No! Really? Absolutely. This little owl could kill a deer? Absolutely This is the biggest owl in North America. Alright but it's still not that big. No, it's true, and you know the one thing is they have to manage the size of-- What's up? Oh look, he's looking back at me! Yeah, so he's looking at you. See those big yellow eyes? Yeah. You know they like to hunt at night Those eyes are particularly designed to see at nighttime They are beautiful-- he must love all these television lights, that must be really comfortable for him Luckily, as you can tell, he can obviously manage for it so that black in his eye, if it was darker, would just get bigger. So with the television lights, he just closes them down and he's perfect! If this animal was at the Puppy Bowl with you, it could eat all the...
wild animals with dave salmoni and rob lowe
puppies, right? Well it could-- it would be a massacre! But luckily we actually had an owl as the mascot this year, so this year Puppy Bowl is very important, Animal Planet Oh so you're adding an element of danger for the puppies then. We made sure it was all well refereed. We got Dan the Ref that takes care of everything. Alright well that's great looking. What is this owl's name? This owl's name is probably Bob? Oh it's Twiddleberries. Twiddleberries? No wonder he's pissed off. Well... bye Twiddleberries! Sorry about your name! Okay, so I need the other bowl there. Alright. Need the other bowl. What is this, blueberries? Yeah sure, grab a couple blueberries for me, Jimmy. Oh yeah look at that! This looks like a little guy here, right? This is a raccoon! I have to say: this looks just like my cousin Mickey's son Michael. So grab some blueberries, and feed him-- No, in your hand. Oh. There you go, Rob. Sure. Take some blueberries in your hand-- In my hand-- yeah Rob, feed 'em. Give him some foods. Aren't you not supposed to feed raccoons? You are not supposed-- that's a good comment. You're not. You know, this is sort of my opportunity to say they don't make good pets this guy is unique. It's not very often you get an eleven-year-old raccoon like this that's going to be this sweet. Why aren't they ever afraid of me at my house? Like I come out and they're like "Hey! Get off my land!" They've kind of...
evolved alongside us, right? So these guys have been very successful in an urban environment So they really like, you know garbage so this is what we sort of tell people: keep your garbage well contained in a way that they can't get in it. Because they've learned if they growl at you show you their teeth a bit-- Here Jimmy, you do some of the same thing. What? Put your hand out. Okay, alright, now that you tried it on Rob I feel more comfortable. Who would win in a fight between this and the fox? This guy weighs a little bit more, but a fox are pretty smart. Luckily they don't fight very often. Oh look, he's got-- he's picking things up with his hands! Yeah, they're very dexterous. That's so weirdly human! Yeah they're very dexterous. You can see-- if I had something bigger... Feed him your nuts! You know what we're going to do now is we're going to take a break

Dave

is here, we're going to move all the furniture out So that everything doesn't get destroyed and then we're going to bring in a black bear. How many pounds does this bear weigh? Over 600. 600! And we're going to get it on Nutrisystem and see if we can't get it down.

Dave

Salmoni

, Rob

Lowe

, and a raccoon! We'll be right back with a bear! Hi there, we're back with Rob

Lowe

and

Dave

Salmoni

This is the-- we just gave the audience a warning Everybody's been told to clap quietly or you'll be killed. Don't get out of your chair or you'll...
be killed Don't move or you'll be killed, so there's a lot of potential for mayhem and death here, right

Dave

? There is no potential for mayhem and death. There's a little bit. It is, you know like any of these types of things you're always trying to manage things for making sure that it's most fun for the

animals

. Yes, we're managing things, yes. We're going to manage a bear. Where's Guillermo, by the way? Speaking of managing things. What you're seeing there-- he's hiding, he's hibernating. There's a black bear. Oh my God. Look at the size of that--it's like the flag has come to life. This is a black bear, and probably the first thing you're going to notice So I want you guys to take a couple of steps that way. Wait a minute, why is the black bear brown? Right, that's the first thing you notice is he's brown. Yeah. They can come in lots of different colors. They do? They do! They can come like even blonde. Blonde black bears? There we go, there we go. Wow! Come here, buddy. I can't believe this. I can't either. This is a big this is a very big bear. Good boy, Ben, how are you? There you go, good boy! Alright guys you can come on over closer to me That's a beautiful animal. What should we do? So come on over. So the first thing I always tell people around big

animals

is people feel like 15 feet away is the safest spot but closest to the wrangler is the safest spot. Oh really? Okay, and you're...
the wrangler? I can keep you safe I can't see you over there. Well yeah for now. If I got the leash, that means I'm the boss right now. Yeah, have you spent a lot of time with bears? I, actually, was a bear biologist. My first thesis I wrote was on bear nuisance behavior. So one of the biggest conservational issues we have with bears is because they live around people people are terrified of them, so they start worrying about should we hunt more of them-- no! We don't want any problems with you! So the best way to not have problems is to... feed them grapes. Feed them grapes! Get a handful of grapes. Do you want to try to feed them grapes? So you don't have any problems? No! I don't at all! Rob do you want to try? Alright I'll do it. Alright, Rob has been wanting to feed the bear grapes so-- what I want you to do is you're going to put your hand out nice and flat so I can put the grapes on you and then you hold it there. Okay? Nice and flat. Come over here. That way it doesn't choke it when it goes in. Come here. Give me your hand. Right like that-- flatter, flatter flatter, now to the bear. Yes, to the bear. Down here, down here, down here Don't be scared, Rob. Oh wow! There you go. Look at that! It's like a dog. So amazing! Now probably the first thing you noticed there was it's mostly lips and tongue-- it's all cozy! The teeth are further back. A big beautiful cozy mouth! Isn't he supposed to be hibernating this time of...
year? This is the time of year for them to be hibernating Here why don't you-- so he's not upset? Jimmy come here. What would that mean though, when you talk about-- would he legitimately be asleep-- oh look at this, oh boy. Well, so, the one thing about hibernation-- there you go Yeah you can pull your hand away. There you go. Nighty night! Good night! What if he never-- he just decides to sleep here for the winter? So this is a good opportunity to look at his paw. See those paws? Yeah? They're super dexterous with those paws. The claws, they look like they're for hunting and things like that. Yeah. They're actually for digging. Wow. So they're not-- those aren't sort of vicious claws, those are just big tools, because this guy although he likes to eat some meats also is digging for-- what meats does he like to eat? He'll eat a young deer, he'll eat fish, he'll eat-- you know, even if they find anything along the forest floor. I am none of those things! Exactly. Wow this is great, I actually feel kind of comfortable. Like I could take a nap on this bear right now. Absolutely! Would it be advisable to nap on the bear? I wouldn't tonight with this bear, when I'm around but some other bear. Well,

Dave

, you've done it again. You should have a Bear Bowl, instead of the Puppy Bowl I think it would be more exciting. Maybe next year! The Puppy Bowl is on Animal Planet, Puppy Bowl 13 on Super Bowl Sunday: 3:00 Eastern, noon Pacific....

Dave

Salmoni

, everybody. Rob

Lowe

, you're very brave, Rob. You''re very brave. Thanks.