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PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT

Jack Hanna & Friends

Aired December 26, 2012 - 21:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, stand by, Piers.

PIERS MORGAN, HOST: Things have got pretty wild with some of my guests but nothing quite like this.

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MORGAN: What the hell's that?

My studio's turned into a jungle.

Whoa!

Jack, am I going to die here?

Oh, my God, what's this?

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MORGAN: Tonight, the one and only Jack Hanna and a few of his closest friends.

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JACK HANNA, COLUMBUS ZOO: He defecates on his legs to keep them cool.

MORGAN: You know what, Jack? Too much information.

HANNA: If he bites you, it won't hurt bad. But --

MORGAN: You know what? You just hang on to the animals for now, Jack.

HANNA: You won't believe this. This is the only one in the world to carry leprosy.

MORGAN: Now you tell me.

HANNA: No, no.

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MORGAN: Never quite know what will happen next when Jack Hanna's in the house. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MORGAN: He's got my notes.

HANNA: Oh, I'm sorry. Is that your notes?

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MORGAN: This is a very dangerous edition of PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT.

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MORGAN: Good evening and welcome to a special PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT.

As you can see, the studio looks a little different tonight, and trust me, so will my guest that will be here over the course of the hour -- we're talking, cheetahs, foxes, owls, Komodo dragons and these little chaps, these friendly little tigers.

I'm here, of course, with Jack Hanna where anything can happen in the world of Jack Hanna. He's the director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Wild. He's also the host of the Emmy-winning "Jack Hanna into the Wild" and a new show called "Wild Countdown" -- and his tigers are literally eating my studio.

So we'd better get on with it, to be quite an evening.

Jack, welcome.

Jack, am I going to die here?

HANNA: No. You shouldn't die but if you were going to die, these are the animals that would do it but no--

MORGAN: These are baby tigers, right?

HANNA: Yes, yes --

MORGAN: How old are they?

HANNA: These are Siberian tigers, 13 weeks, can you imagine?

MORGAN: At what age can they kill a man?

HANNA: Well, I'll tell you about another 22 months.

MORGAN: Right.

HANNA: Because in about 22 months, these animals way over 600 pounds.

MORGAN: Really

HANNA: Yes. This is one of the rarest cats in the world, Piers. They are less than -- some people say 400, it could be 200 left in Siberia, that part of the world.

There were hunted for their coat but the problem is today is, the fact that you can imagine that animal is 600 pounds --

MORGAN: I mean, but they look strong already.

HANNA: Oh, they are very strong. There could literally put a hole through your arm, right now.

MORGAN: Because they -- right.

HANNA: But yes.

MORGAN: If he wants to.

HANNA: No.

MORGAN: Can they bite?

HANNA: Oh, yes, they can bite. Yes, they learn from each other and these animals and these are the animals are what we call the Species Survival Plan, with the American Zoo Association -- (INAUDIBLE) Association and what they already have, they have chips in them.

So this animal in about another of it could be about in another three to six months could go to a zoo in Europe, Australia, wherever it might be, that's an accredited zoo for the gene pool them all fresh because the thing is, that these animals are so rare that we had to know exactly what the breeding program will be for the creature.

MORGAN: Why are you not remotely scared of them?

HANNA: No, it's not a matter of -- you know, that's a good question. People ask me about scared. If I find myself afraid are scared, that means I'm doing the wrong thing.

Now, these guys know about the animals from the Columbus Zoo, by the way, where they were born, but they know the animals very well. So, you know, I've been around them, I don't raise them like these guys do. But having raised tigers, my wife and I have raised tigers, lions, leopards -- everything in our 40 years of marriage, and so we kind of know cats when you do that much.

But that tongue -- you see how is licking me?

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: If that were a full-grown tiger, Piers, in less than 10 minutes, he can lick me and lick my arm to the bone. That's how rough that tongue becomes.

MORGAN: Really?

HANNA: Like sand paper beyond you've ever seen.

MORGAN: How -- I mean, when they get to full size -- how many of these are there left in the world?

HANNA: Maybe 200 to 400, that's all.

MORGAN: That's all there is.

HANNA: All there is.

MORGAN: So these are literally like two of the --

HANNA: Yes, there are usually --

MORGAN: Last remaining Siberian tigers.

HANNA: Yes, in the zoo world, we do quite well with them. Remember something, when a tiger like this takes down like in India -- the Bengal tiger, I've seen them take down a water buffalo in less than 10 seconds.

It's like a bomb going off.

MORGAN: Wow!

HANNA: It's beyond anything, like a grenade going off inside something. And they also were only cats in the world that when they -- they can eat up to 30,40 pounds at one sitting, even the stomach can explode sometimes and kill the animal.

Plus, they eat putrefied meat. Most cats like lions will not eat putrefied meat. They'll bury the carcass.

MORGAN: What do you feed them with?

HANNA: Well this is a special diet to have for the -- for the cats.

You heard that little growling there, right?

MORGAN: I did hear that little growling.

HANNA: When you hear that -- you hear that in the wild, I tell you what? Your pants won't be dry.

MORGAN: My pants aren't really dry at the moment, Jack. I can tell you that. They may be small but they are -- I mean, when they are this close, they are quite big.

HANNA: Yes, you see -- you'll appreciate now. See, that's what being here with you means a lot means to us because now -- because of millions of people you reach, Piers, you now are seeing one of the rarest creatures in the world, and you can see the power we're talking about --

MORGAN: Yes, I can.

HANNA: You can also see the beauty of the animal. So it would be a tragedy to see this animal go into extinction. Like, for example, there are several tiger species that have gone into extinction and that's not what we want to happen with these cats here.

MORGAN: Well, that it would be a tragedy but even a bigger tragedy would be one of them ate me live in air, so I'm going to move on quite swiftly

HANNA: They wouldn't do it.

MORGAN: Nice to me the tiger cubs.

HANNA: They are born at the Columbus Zoo, by the way, about 13 weeks ago.

MORGAN: Very impressive animals.

Now, we're going to bring on -- now, what is this?

HANNA: All right. This cat here, Piers, is something that -- that you can even hold this cat, probably.

If he bites you, it won't hurt bad but

MORGAN: You know want? You just hang on to the animals for now, Jack.

HANNA: This right here is called a caracal. Now, if you ever been to Egypt, in Egypt, in the tombs, in the pyramids --

MORGAN: Like a Sphinx.

HANNA: Exactly.

MORGAN: Like a Sphinx face.

HANNA: Almost -- right -- because the pharaohs used to try and domesticate these animals thousands of years ago

MORGAN: Jack, he's fighting your arm.

HANNA: Yes, but this animal gets to be -- this animal gets to be -- you saw how big the tigers were?

Full-grown, that's about, they won't get that thick. You can see how thin it is. But looked at the ears of this cat.

MORGAN: Amazing.

HANNA: You see why the pharaohs and they not only worship the animal, but those animals, they represented royalty back then. And I'm sure a lot of people lost their hands and stuff trying to domesticate this creature.

But this -- what's unique about this cat, this is one of the only cat in the world that can jump 10 feet in the air and catch a bird flying.

MORGAN: Ten feet? HANNA: If they get down in the grass -- I have only seen these twice in the wild. They come out and they blend so well in the grass. They don't live in the jungle, they live out in the plains, like Kenya, Tanzania, that part of the world, and they don't exist much, hardly up in Egypt and any more.

But they lay down in there and watch for a bird and they go flopping up like that, because of their back legs there is so much power in them.

MORGAN: But 10 feet is like --

HANNA: Oh, I know it's amazing. They can grab the bird flying by.

MORGAN: Amazing.

HANNA: It's called the caracal cat, again. Look at those ears. That's what kind of gives them a way as far as you know -

MORGAN: Yes, very interesting.

HANNA: -- waiting in the jungle.

MORGAN: OK.

HANNA: It's only a youngster, though.

MORGAN: What's next? You've got the --

HANNA: Right.

MORGAN: What are these? The --

HANNA: Now, this is amazing, they -- I did know they have this one on. This is a serval cat.

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: This cat also is a cat which -- make sure you hold backwards there -- this also is a cat that is from Africa. And this cat also has -- both front legs and hind legs are different lengths. These are the only cat -- well, the only few other cats in the world can catch a bird in free flight.

This animal also has -- if you look at the back of the ears, if we can show them, that's right here, you notice the spots on the back of his ears -- ow! You see that? Those are called eye-spots.

See the spots?

MORGAN: Jack, he wants to eat your hand.

HANNA: If this cat is sitting there eating something, another like a hyena or something comes up, he thinks he's looking backwards and hence they called those eye-spots. MORGAN: How tame are these by comparison to a purely wild version?

HANNA: No, right now, as far as tame, this animal won't become a tame animal. We've raised these animals, a lot of times if they don't -- if their mothers don't raise them or whoever it might be, we raise them, then they go back and be -- you know, they're still wild animals people have to -- I had a very famous trainer tell me once, you can usually train a wild animal but never tame a wild animal, ever. They are always going to be wild, no matter what anybody says.

MORGAN: OK, this is the vulture?

HANNA: This is an Egyptian vulture. Whoops, it looks a thing here. Come here, buddy.

MORGAN: What are you feeding it? Raw meat.

HANNA: Raw meat, yes. Come here, come here, come on come on. He likes to smell feet, too, Piers.

MORGAN: You're actually feeding the vulture raw meat?

HANNA: Oh, yes.

MORGAN: So they really do just eat raw meat?

HANNA: Yes, they eat raw meat, but no that if you -- can you smell him?

If you don't mind.

MORGAN: Yes, I can smell him. Yes

HANNA: You smell that?

MORGAN: It stinks.

HANNA: Now, what yes what he what he does, he defecates on his legs to keep him cool.

MORGAN: You know what Jack? Too much information.

You know certain things I don't have to do about. I stopped liking these vultures until you told me that.

HANNA: But that's why they smell. Plus, their head is bald because he gets down in the guts of it.

MORGAN: So they are ugly. They stink. They eat raw meat.

HANNA: Yes.

MORGAN: Tell me one good thing about the vulture?

HANNA: Well, one good thing is, they keep the earth -- MORGAN: One useful contribution to society, other than the defecation, and the feeding on carcasses and the terrible smell.

HANNA: No. They are good. They clean up all the mess that the other animals don't eat.

But just -- but guess what? This animal does though.

MORGAN: So, they're like a kind of vacuum cleaner.

HANNA: The vacuum cleaner.

MORGAN: Right.

HANNA: But is also takes a rock. He can take a rock and open it. One of the few birds in the world can take a rock and open an ostrich egg. He uses a tool to do that.

MORGAN: Extraordinary. Oh my God! What's this?

HANNA: No remember you do the story with me --

MORGAN: I do.

HANNA: -- two months ago, right?

MORGAN: About alligators killing people, yes.

HANNA: You want to go at that?

MORGAN: Wow.

HANNA: It's OK with me. I don't need

MORGAN: All right, mate. How far -- yes, thank you.

HANNA: No, no, they can do --

MORGAN: No, no, no

HANNA: Oh you're smart doing that. You don't why say that, don't you? Because --

MORGAN: It's going to eat me, yes.

HANNA: -- on the ground -- on the ground Piers, what they can do is they can actually jump off their four feet and outrun any human being on earth the first 20 yards

MORGAN: You're serious.

HANNA: Yes, they are fast. But not -- this one is a nice one. If you look here, they have two eyelids.

MORGAN: What you mean a nice one?

HANNA: If you look there, they've got two eyelids. I think you see this.

MORGAN: How do you tell a nice alligator?

HANNA: I don't mean nice. I don't mean nice. That's not fair.

MORGAN: Huh?

HANNA: They have two eyelids.

MORGAN: This could kill me, right?

HANNA: Yes, but he's not going to right now.

MORGAN: How do you know?

HANNA: I don't know that for sure but I don't think he should.

You know what? I want to show you something. Not many of you can do this.

But, Grant here does a great job with this alligator. He's going to show you -- if you have ever seen alligators -- down his throat?

MORGAN: No, I haven't lately.

HANNA: OK.

MORGAN: No.

HANNA: No. It's hard to this.

MORGAN: Jeez, whoa!

HANNA: The power. No I want you to -- the cameras can see this, you can see it. Where's the camera?

Hey, look down the throat, everyone.

MORGAN: Oh!

HANNA: You see -- see that? You can see down the throat like most animals, right?

MORGAN: There's no throat.

HANNA: There's a flap back there right. That allows the alligator to go under water open his mouth without choking on water. So if a fish or something comes around, like this, swims around here, oh, that's a cave, it's going there -- bam!

It's quicker. They don't -- they don't, if you remember the interview, they don't chew, they tear.

MORGAN: Yes, I certainly remember that.

HANNA: The sensors -- the sensors over here, he has sensors on the side of his head. They have sensors --

MORGAN: Let's try and humanize him. What's his name?

GRANT: Curly.

MORGAN: How old do they live to be?

HANNA: Oh gosh! Up to 75 to 100 years old. They can go up to a year without ever eating.

MORGAN: And all alligators are they natural predators? I mean, would they attack if they're not challenged or scared?

HANNA: Yes and no. Not scared, but if you go around and alligator with youngsters -- well, they lay eggs, by the way. If you get next to an alligators nest, not knowing it, me knowing eggs are in the ground there, and they don't sit right there like a bird nest. There are over here, OK.

If you get near it, it's the most aggressive animals in nature. You are gone, if you get near an alligators nest.

They lay about 20, 30 eggs and the sex of the alligator is determined by the heat of the nest. I'm not sure if the male's hot or -- what is it?

GRANT: The male is hot.

HANNA: If it's a real hot nest. The eggs will be males.

That -- this is -- the gator also -- we found -- with the research, we found board, cans, tubes, everything inside these creatures because they -- when they get hungry, they are just take apart anything.

MORGAN: Ever found human remains inside of Curly?

HANNA: No. No, but I've done shows in Malaysia where you wouldn't believe what some of these -- the crocodiles get to be 21, 22, 23, 24 feet long over 2,000 pounds. You're talking about something much bigger than your stage here.

MORGAN: I think we should go quickly to a commercial break.

HANNA: You want to hold it?

MORGAN: I don't want to hold Curly. No.

HANNA: OK.

MORGAN: No. I think we're into a new touching zone on this show.

When we come back, you're going to show us some happy feet penguins, Jack. And, one of the oldest animals in the world.

But first, here is one of Jack's top five, animal close encounters, with a puff adder.

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HANNA: What are you doing?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm demonstrating how the eyes are fixed on movement and how they don't want to hurt anyone.

HANNA: Oh my God

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They can't see you. They can smell you.

HANNA: Oh

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But you don't classify as food. So we're not on the menu and pretty safe.

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MORGAN: I'm back with the closest thing to a living Dr. Doolittle, and it is Jack Hanna.

He's introducing some of his friends for tonight. It's a bit of a ridiculous description given that crocodiles and tigers -- anyway, let's pretend that they're your friends.

Now this is a bit more like it. This is a nice friendly-looking penguin.

HANNA: Yes, this is a black-footed penguin and sometimes-- if you're ever on a game show and someone asks you, how many species of penguin?

You say 17. But what was saying is, only five live in cold weather, only five out of 17. All the rest of them live in warm weather, like --

MORGAN: Really?

HANNA: This is -- yes, people don't realize it. This --

MORGAN: That's fascinating.

HANNA: This is from South Africa. It's called the black footed penguin or the jackass penguin because it brays like a donkey.

And then there's penguins in Australia, Galapagos Island, South Africa, and these are -- this one, by the way, was put on the endangered species list just last July.

MORGAN: How many penguins are left in the world?

HANNA: Quite a few. Except this one is not. This one is from South Africa which is listed as endangered about a year ago. And it's an animal -- they don't really eat the penguin, by the way. They collect the eggs and the feathers off of penguins. But the animals also have a -- spells a lot of things, a lot of problems there. But they have more feathers per square inch than any bird in the world, the penguin does.

MORGAN: What is your favorite animal?

HANNA: My wife.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNA: That's pretty funny -- she's not here. So who cares?

MORGAN: But if I could say look, Jack, you'll live the rest of your life on a desert island with one animal what would it be?

HANNA: You know, having raise animals all my life for 50- something years, I would say that you know, I'm fascinated by cats. There's all kinds of cats.

The elephant I think is -- I think the elephant -- we'll soon find out the elephant is one of the most intelligent animals in the world, more than even primates.

MORGAN: If you only had one. What would you have?

HANNA: A one! Wow! Whew! I'd had to say, you know --

MORGAN: If you had a few of them, this right to be the same thing.

HANNA: Yes, yes, you had to say an elephant is fascinating but again, we have --

MORGAN: A herd of elephants

HANNA: Yes, we have -- we see a herd of elephants in Africa, it's a phenomenal.

MORGAN: Quite something else, isn't it?

HANNA: Well, it's a second-largest mammal in the world. In 1978, there were about 1.4 million. Today, we're down to less than 375,000.

MORGAN: Wow.

HANNA: So, it's a major drop.

MORGAN: Well, it's nice to meet you, penguin.

HANNA: Go back.

MORGAN: Let's bring out the next kind, which is a gigantic tortoise. HANNA: Yes. We'd bring up here. Thank you, Jimmy. Yes. I'll hold him.

MORGAN: What's his name?

HANNA: Jimmy.

Oh, no --

(LAUGHTER)

HANNA: I'm sorry, the tortoise. This is slowpoke, this one is.

MORGAN: It's probably very slow on what it will do, right?

HANNA: Yes. This animal is a kind of tortoise from the Seychelles in Northern Africa.

This animal gets to be about 150 pounds full grown.

MORGAN: He's magnificent, isn't he?

HANNA: Yes, they really are. Of course what you just said is amazing because that's what's wrong. A turtle shell we know what happens there, jewelry, all sorts of things.

Now, this one is a protected species.

MORGAN: Wow!

HANNA: I'm going to show you. Oh my gosh

MORGAN: What's this?

HANNA: Put that one of there. Good Lord!

MORGAN: OK

HANNA: No wonder you get to hold -- how did you pick the thing up?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know.

HANNA: This is an Aldabra tortoise, second-largest tortoise in the world, up to 500 pounds.

MORGAN: Would win if they had a fight?

HANNA: Oh, this one here. It's much bigger, yes.

MORGAN: Yes?

HANNA: You know, these things can leave over 100 -- as a matter of fact what it was 200 years?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Two hundred. MORGAN: Two hundred years old.

HANNA: Yes, yes.

The sailors back in the 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, they would take these tortoises and put them in the holes in the ship because it could last for six months to a year without water or food or nothing and that providing them meat.

MORGAN: No water, no food?

HANNA: No food, nothing. They live that long but I tell you what that ship must of stunk.

HANNA: But these are the animals, the creature again.

MORGAN: He's heavy, right?

HANNA: Yes. This one here is a male. I think this one is a male, too.

MORGAN: Right.

HANNA: Because the bottom of the shell is flat.

MORGAN: Amazing.

HANNA: Thank you.

MORGAN: Really amazing

HANNA: The tortoise and the hare. They are they are not really that slow. Some people think they're that slow, but they are not that slow.

MORGAN: How fast can they actually move if they really want to?

HANNA: Well last night one was crawling around the hotel room and he was like crossing room like a 10 second.

MORGAN: You have them in your hotel room?

HANNA: You ain't seen nothing. We've got the alligator in the bathtub.

MORGAN: What?

HANNA: Yes, we've got we've got --

MORGAN: Jack, are you slightly mad?

HANNA: No but --

MORGAN: Be honest.

HANNA: I could I would tell you the hotel in New York. MORGAN: The alligator in the bathtub and you've got --

HANNA: Usually --

MORGAN: These tortoises in your bed. You think, Jack, you may not be the (INAUDIBLE)

HANNA: Oh, you won't believe this -- oh, you want to do this one?

MORGAN: What is this one?

Hello!

HANNA: This little wallaby right - the parma wallaby is one of the smallest -- you know a kangaroo, right?

MORGAN: So they are Australians, right?

MORGAN: What the hell is that? Suddenly my studio is set in a jungle.

Whoa! Whoa! What is that?

HANNA: Wait, let me finish the wallaby. I didn't finish my wallaby yet.

MORGAN: Who is this?

HANNA: You do it. Make him do it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNA: Oh, how I love this. I'm going to be sick and my wife I just sit home sometimes.

MORGAN: What is this though? What is this?

HANNA: A laughing kookaburra from Australia.

MORGAN: A laughing kookaburra.

HANNA: Yes but -- make him laugh again.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNA: Oh, surely, that doesn't freak out?

MORGAN: (INAUDIBLE)

HANNA: When you're out there sometimes in the bushes, like my first time in Australia and this goes off at 2:00 in the morning, you jump out of your sleep at night. You say what in the heck is that thing? This is a kookaburra though, a laughing kookaburra

MORGAN: Fantastic.

HANNA: A lot of people have kookaburra -- they like the show.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNA: No, you talk -- check in the hotel -- check in the hotels. We put them in the room.

So, the wallaby, back to the wallaby.

I don't know what happened here. The wallaby -- this is one of the smallest marsupial, and the parma is one of -- the second smallest marsupial - not smallest marsupial -- like kangaroo.

Wallabies are like -- there are like 30 different types of wallaby.

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: And these animals are just very small. The big kangaroos like grey and red kangaroos are like -- they stand up like five or six feet tall. So there are -- what you call like a big -- like a flock of geese or a herd of cattle, what you call like a big bunch of kangaroos?

Let's see if you know it.

MORGAN: (INAUDIBLE)

HANNA: A mob of kangaroos.

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: A mob.

MORGAN: Yes, anything Australian will be a mob.

HANNA: Yes that's right.

MORGAN: To refer (ph) to a Brit.

HANNA: Thank you. So they eat grass and they are just a --

MORGAN: So what --

HANNA: Neat creature.

MORGAN: -- seems quite calm (INAUDIBLE) rest of these not (INAUDIBLE).

HANNA: I love that bird through

MORGAN: This is like a -- wow HANNA: No this is a -- one of the pre-historic animals on earth, this one right here.

MORGAN: Wow.

HANNA: You've got the batteries and it?

MORGAN: What is this?

HANNA: This right here is a three-banded armadillo.

MORGAN: You say there'll be batteries in it?

HANNA: That's a joke. I'm going to put him down.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNA: This animal here is a three-banded armadillo. You see that there, one, two, three.

No, what you're looking at --

MORGAN: What is this?

HANNA: A three-banded armadillo. Now this animal here, there are armadillos in our country, by the way. They are seven banded, nine banded, 11 banded armadillos. And people eat the armadillo in this country as well.

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: But in South America, they are almost the most endangered animals there are because they cook it like a taco. So when you're over there, the natives over there, the people that live there, they cook it like this.

But he's also the only armadillo in the world that can close up so tight so that only -- not even an ant can penetrate that. Only man and a jaguar, the big cat can kill it.

MORGAN: That's amazing.

HANNA: It's also -- you can touch it. You can see a hard it is.

MORGAN: Yes, it's hard.

HANNA: You won't believe this, this is the only animal in the world that carry leprosy. This -- I'm not joking --

MORGAN: Well, now, you're telling me.

HANNA: No, no, that was the old days, I hope. No, I'm serious.

MORGAN: What do you mean you hope?

HANNA: I'm just telling you. If you only -- MORGAN: You've just given me leprosy.

HANNA: No.

MORGAN: We're going to fall out, Jack.

HANNA: No, but in all seriousness, you think I'm joking about that. Look it up when you go back to the room. Well, not your room but --

MORGAN: So, I believe you --

HANNA: Yes. It carried leprosy.

MORGAN: Might as well you had told me before I touched it.

HANNA: I forgot to tell you that.

MORGAN: Right.

HANNA: Before you touched it. I really do what I usually tell people before they touch it.

MORGAN: Right.

HANNA: Because some people don't want to touch it.

Here, look at this here?

Go ahead, buddy. Go ahead

MORGAN: OK we need to take a break, while I take a leprosy test.

Next to the animal responsible for the worst fight of Jack's life.

HANNA: Oh gosh!

MORGAN: Can you guess what it was?

We'll find out after the break.

But first another of Jack's top-five animal close encounters, where you'll be surprised to hear, lions.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) one of the males left

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh you can see they are actually going to gang up on us because he's almost entire (INAUDIBLE).

HANNA: Did you say they are going to gang up on us?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

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MORGAN: Back now with Jack Hanna. The director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, and as you can see years brought some more company -- a snow leopard.

HANNA: Yes, it really is

MORGAN: A frisky one.

HANNA: Piers, this is why it's most fascinating for me. You asked about the elephant and the leopards -- but he'll get to about four times the size. They live in the Himalayas, the snow leopard.

MORGAN: How many are left in the world?

HANNA: Well, some people say a thousand, some people -- I've heard 500 because they live in altitudes, as you know, way up there in the Himalayas.

MORGAN: How do they find another one to mate with?

HANNA: Well, that's just it. That's exactly -- good point. They are solitary cat. So, when she cycles, there's not enough of them to find another cat.

MORGAN: Can they mix mate with other breeds?

HANNA: No, no. Not up there. They wouldn't up there. Lion and tiger, we know that's been done before, but not the other cats that I know of.

This tail here, for example, that tail -- you can touch it if you want to.

The tail here it gets that's much bigger like this thick because up there, it's 40, 50 below zero or whatever. This --

MORGAN: Wow.

HANNA: Wow wee!

MORGAN: Wow!

HANNA: That was cool, wasn't it?

MORGAN: That was very cool. Yes

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HANNA: I'm sorry you don't have a hand there. I don't know who your cameraman is.

MORGAN: Wow.

HANNA: Please don't sue me. Anyway --

MORGAN: That one --

HANNA: Anyway, this animal will take -- this animal takes his tail and wraps surround him, Piers, all the way around him like a human jacket to keep his face warm.

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: And those ears are very short because they will obviously freeze up there. But this cat also has fur on the bottom of their feet.

They can jump like 30, 40 feet -- I mean, they can jump a lot up there, but look at this --

MORGAN: He likes to operate in the cold, right?

HANNA: Oh, the colder, the better for this cat.

MORGAN: So how does he deal with, you know, being in New York and what is a reasonably high temperature?

HANNA: Well, we keep, we always keep him in air-conditioning wherever the cat goes.

MORGAN: Where do you keep him at night?

HANNA: In the hotel room. I'm not saying --

MORGAN: Are you serious?

HANNA: I'm dead serious, yes. I wouldn't lie about something like that. These animals have it better than we have it.

MORGAN: Do you sleep?

HANNA: Not much during the night. They don't sleep at all, but I -- they put me in a -- you know, another room.

MORGAN: Do you ever get scared? No? Not at all?

HANNA: This coat, the sad thing about this coat, Piers, on the black market, this coat right now, if you can even find one, a guy got caught in Europe last year, $80,000. That's what's sad, $80,000.

MORGAN: For this coat?

HANNA: This coat right here. This one animal.

MORGAN: See, that's a tragedy, isn't it?

HANNA: Yes. It really is. Today, it is. You know, back in the old days is one thing, but today, it's useless.

This animal, you could touch -- MORGAN: It's beautiful, yes.

HANNA: It's absolutely beyond any animal that I worked with. The snow leopard is absolutely magnificent.

It represents really what endangered species are all about.

MORGAN: Yes. Absolutely beautiful.

HANNA: Gorgeous.

MORGAN: What a shame that it's a --

HANNA: It really is.

MORGAN: In a few years, it could be all over.

HANNA: Yes, all gone, yes.

Because right now -- he also goes on -- he has a chip in him, so he'll go in the SSP with the American Zoo Association.

MORGAN: This is the slightly uglier end of the market.

HANNA: No. Not -- this is an animal, Piers, right here that has been used by our sailors and pioneers years ago, the beaver, no.

MORGAN: This is the beaver that bit your hand off --

HANNA: This is not the same beaver, but this is like the one that did it. He is exactly like this.

But you ever touch a beaver?

MORGAN: No.

HANNA: Well -- that's a dumb question

MORGAN: Is it wise, being that you had your --

HANNA: No, you're back here he can touch him. I just picked him up wrong way is all I did it one time, yes.

So anyway --

MORGAN: A bit rougher.

HANNA: Yes, exactly. A bit rougher, right. But the beaver is a unique animal.

You see the tail here? The tail is what people hear on the beaver. You talk about the beaver flapping the water, this is why the animal --

MORGAN: (INAUDIBLE) to that.

HANNA: Exactly.

This animal -- this animal

MORGAN: Is a happy with that apple, or is he looking at little bit more?

HANNA: Oh, he wants more to eat, yes. Just don't put your hand there.

MORGAN: Do they eat meat?

HANNA: No, no. Just he won't know your hands. He will think your hand is an apple or something.

MORGAN: Right, that's really comforting.

HANNA: For this tail -- this tail flaps in the water Piers and that warns other animals in the area.

MORGAN: He stinks too, Jack.

HANNA: How do you know?

MORGAN: Huh?

HANNA: Can you smell him?

MORGAN: I can smell it. He absolutely stinks.

HANNA: Did he go to the bathroom?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, it was me.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNA: All right. He usually doesn't smell it and you go to the bathroom when it smells.

MORGAN: But a beaver like this nearly bit your finger off, right?

HANNA: Yes, the whole thumb here, the whole thing, yes. I just -- I did with all the other animals, the big --

MORGAN: The worst injury you've had?

HANNA: One of the worst yes, yes. I've been sat on by an elephant and had a few things happen. But again, 99 percent of the time there is an accident, it's a person's fault.

MORGAN: Right.

HANNA: Not the animal's fault.

Look at this -- back there real quick, I don't know if he'll let you do that. It's a web foot, see, like a duck almost.

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: It's a web foot, it's what it is. That back foot. But that's how they swim and they also they are cute beavers. So -- do you have beavers in England?

MORGAN: I think so, yes

All right. Calm down, mate

HANNA: (INAUDIBLE) the beaver.

MORGAN: OK.

Oh, look at him. I don't think he likes the look at me.

What have we got here?

HANNA: Now, what you have here is very rare. I have never done this on a show before.

There's all kinds of fox, red fox, gray fox. This right here is a fennec fox, small as one in the world, in the Sahara desert.

This animal has big ears because it's not just to hear with, it has blood vessels in their ears, it keeps them cool.

MORGAN: Look how massive it is.

HANNA: It keeps them cool in a desert, like a dog has a tongue.

MORGAN: Right.

HANNA: Your temperature is 98.6.

The elephant has big ears to keep it cool.

MORGAN: OK.

HANNA: But this little animal here, it can -- goes his whole life in the desert without ever drinking water because he's like -- a scorpion, snakes, lizards, all --

MORGAN: Never drinking water?

HANNA: Yes, because he's -- water can come from what he eats.

MORGAN: He eats -- he eats insects and spiders that have water in them.

HANNA: Yes, in them.

MORGAN: Amazing.

HANNA: Those big scorpions you've seen, that's what he loves to eat.

This is called the fennec fox, the smallest fox in the world, very Sahara Desert in northern Africa.

This fox here, this is the -- which was, that one?

Both these, right?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, mother died.

HANNA: Oh, this is my -- OK. The swift fox, which is one of the rarest -- it's very endangered in our country

It can go 30 to 40 miles an hour, the fastest fox in the world. It's full grown -- this one right here. They are very social creature. They take care of the sick, the old and the young first. But, yes, when you say, cunning like a fox, you've heard that term, cunning like a fox?

MORGAN: Yes

HANNA: These things are bright.

I want to show you, the swift fox in this country, very few people get to see and the smallest fox in the world.

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: Thank you, guys.

Beautiful animals in Columbus Zoo.

This right here though, this, Piers, is the largest owl in the world -- the Eurasian Eagle Owl.

MORGAN: The biggest owl in the world?

HANNA: Yes, and if you ever ask the question on a game show, again give me half the money if you get this.

What animal is found on every continent except Antarctica?

Or what species of animal is found in every continent except Antarctica?

This species of owl, this is the largest in the world. This is not even full-grown yet.

MORGAN: Yes

HANNA: I wish you could -- you want to hold him?

You can hold him.

MORGAN: No. I'll let your guy hold this one.

HANNA: But one thing you want to do is have a glove first. You see those talons right there?

MORGAN: Yes

HANNA: Focus on his feet, and I'll get a camera to see here a second.

All right, a bald eagle, you ever heard of a bald eagle, right?

A bald eagle has 1,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. This guy is pretty big.

If that was a bald eagle on his arm, it would go through his skin, through his skin, in his muscle, break is bone in a split second. That's how powerful the talons are.

Not that that would ever happened but they are powerful.

Now, what is the owl turn -- see there?

MORGAN: Yes

HANNA: Like a corkscrew right. The reason that is, his eyes are so big they cannot move in his eye socket.

So look here, if he sees a pretty girl go by, he'd go like this without your wife seeing you, like this.

See that?

MORGAN: Yes

HANNA: Like eyeballs. Well, he can't do that because his eyes are so big, he has to move his whole head around. No he can't turn all the way around or his head will fall off but he can go almost all the way around with that head.

And they also -- they are the -- their birds of silent flight. If I were to fly him one inch over your head, you'd never hear anything.

A parrot or a goose or something --

MORGAN: It's completely silent.

HANNA: Silent flight. It also -- one last thing, they call it the wise old owl. You've heard that? Not because they have a big brain. It's because they have their sense of hearing, their eyesight.

These animal's ears are over here by the way, not on the side - they're over here the on the side of his head like a soup bowl like this and the echo location he picks up, he can hunt in total darkness, without seeing a thing.

MORGAN: Amazing creatures.

HANNA: So that's the Eurasian eagle owl. A lot of people don't get to see the Eurasian Eagle owl.

MORGAN: They are actually dangerous in their own way.

HANNA: They can be, yes. I mean, these -- but they are also -- because (INAUDIBLE) rodents in a barn now, for example, they take out 30 mice in one hour, in the barn. So, they are very important in that way and they are protected species in our country now, the owl.

MORGAN: OK. Let's take a break.

When I come back, the fastest animal on the planet.

But first, here's another of Jack's top five animals close encounters.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The whole cave was alive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, if you look at now. It's up there. It's called a bird's nest.

HANNA: Those are bats.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Bats and birds, both.

HANNA: OK. Let's keep moving

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL)

MORGAN: Usain Bolt is hands down the fastest human being the world has ever known.

But I wonder just how he would fare against the animal Jack Hanna has just brought out.

Jack, we seem to have a large, fully formed cheetah.

HANNA: Yes, this is a cheetah. This animal goes 70 miles an hour. So when you're in your car going 65 and in all seriousness, we clock him at 70.

The cheetah's eyesight is impeccable. Two miles, it can spot a little rabbit.

MORGAN: Two miles?

HANNA: Yes. Also if you look at the eyes -- I don't think you can see them here, we'll turn him around here in a second -- if you look at the eyes, I'll let the guys pick this up on cameras. If you will -- turn him around in a second if you would.

Now, you'll notice he has dark marks under his eyes like a football player, baseball player, when he you know -- look in direct, like I am right now. Mother Nature invented that because the cheetah is the only cat in the world, well, the only cat who will hunt in the heat of the day -- 110 degrees outside, they have to hunt. They are a weak cat.

Now, look at the foot -- if the cameras can look at the foot second because you've got some good guys here on these cameras. There, they are perfect.

They are the only cats in the world -- this is an amazing shot here -- the only cat in the world with non-retractable claws.

Every cat in the world can retract their claws, but the cheetah and it's because it's like a dog's foot, it allows him to run even faster.

The sad thing is, Piers, when they do make a hit, at 50 to 60 miles an hour, 90 percent -- 60 percent of the time, the animal gets away. Then --

MORGAN: All right mate. Easy.

HANNA: Yes, I'm here, don't worry. Well, maybe you should worry.

Anyway, once --

MORGAN: This is the first time I really felt quite intimidated because --

HANNA: Yes, what you can imagine --

MORGAN: First time, this is a big beast.

HANNA: You see why in the wild, when I tell you we film, we film the comfort zone of me and that comfort zone of the animal, obviously.

This animal is raised -- it's still a wild animal but it also was born in the wild which is one of the most spectacular places we have outside the Columbus Zoo.

MORGAN: How would this kill us human?

HANNA: All right, this would kill basically in the wild, it has to grab the throat and do the chokehold. Once they do that, they're sitting there for about five to 10 minutes.

But the sad thing is, Piers, what happens is, if they do make a kill, buzzards and vultures like you saw circle over, right? The hyenas and lions are sleeping. They go, hey, the cheetah has made a kill. They go over and take the food from the cheetah and then actually sometimes eat the cheetah -- the lion will.

MORGAN: Really?

HANNA: So this animal has a tough time in nature

MORGAN: The lion would kill the cheetah?

HANNA: Yes and --

MORGAN: And eat it?

HANNA: Yes and -- animals are -- that's not a very common thing but they will do that.

MORGAN: Can a lion kill anything basically?

HANNA: But it is the king of beast. It can kill just about anything.

But, yes, it would be tough time with an elephant. They can do that too if they get a pride of lions ganging up on it.

These are solitary cats, by the way, again. The cheetah is a cat that is solitary.

A cheetah is very, very endangered throughout Africa.

And, by the way, and Egyptians we know also that these --

MORGAN: So, they prefer to be alone?

HANNA: Yes. Oh, yes. And if she has a cub, which stays with her for about three to four years -- well, few cats in the world, that will keep her cubs three to four years.

The Egyptians also, Piers, there's another cat -- the Egyptians actually domesticated -- I say actually domesticated -- tried to domesticate it. It's also drawn on the inside of the pyramids.

But, now, the cheetah exists nowhere in northern Africa. All -- you know, the equator goes through Kenya, writing they are in southern Africa, Botswana, maybe Zambia, is where you start finding the cheetah.

MORGAN: How can your trainers be so relaxed?

HANNA: Because these folks -- they are making sure, the cheetah or their first birth usually of cubs, she'll eat them or destroy them or let them go.

This -- we knew this all right, but they were born four weeks early. So this was one of four, we saved two of them.

Right now in the wilds we breed cheetahs like 10 or 12 cheetah births a year. In the wild, is 10,000 acres we have, in southeastern Ohio, next of the Columbus Zoo, and it's magnificent. It's a beautiful creature.

You hear that noise there?

MORGAN: Yes

HANNA: You hear that?

That's purring.

MORGAN: And over a 100 meters, if it was this cheetah against Usain Bolt, who'd win?

HANNA: Uh, ho, you? You or me?

MORGAN: Now, a cheetah against Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter. He won the 100 meters at the Olympics.

HANNA: Oh.

MORGAN: Who would win?

HANNA: This thing here. He wouldn't even go 10 feet with this thing.

MORGAN: Really?

HANNA: Oh he's just -- if he -- when we film it's three cameras, we can take one camera. Three cameras can't even feel the cheetah kill.

It's like -- it's like this and the cat turns at 50 miles an hour like that, hits his prey, it's like a cloud of dust.

MORGAN: There is no faster animal in the world than this?

HANNA: Well, the Peregrine falcon, the only one -- that's a bird, by the way, that's 220 miles an hour. That's the fastest --

MORGAN: In terms of a land --

HANNA: No, that's a fastest one in the world. No.

MORGAN: Amazing

HANNA: No.

MORGAN: That's amazing. Amazing --

HANNA: I only -- again, for you to see that, Piers, means a lot to us because you no see the fastest land animal in the world. That's a cheetah.

MORGAN: But what -- I've never been this close to an animal where we feel the power.

HANNA: Yes, you can feel.

MORGAN: And this is not even one of the really big cats

HANNA: No, yes.

MORGAN: I can feel the surging power and aggression. HANNA: Next time, I come and I'll bring a fully grown tiger.

MORGAN: Thank you, Jack.

HANNA: I'm not going to do that.

(CROSSTALK)

HANNA: No we won't.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNA: You hear the tail, Piers?

Also the tail is like a sale of a sailboat. That cat can use that tail like a sail. Going 60 mile an hour, that tail will help him turn in speed.

MORGAN: Absolutely amazing.

Undisputedly, probably the ugliest -- the warthog.

Here he comes.

HANNA: You know, some people say that. They say the wildebeest was all the leftover parts that God created --

MORGAN: And he's a very ugly animal. Isn't it, Jack?

HANNA: Yes.

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MORGAN: I mean, you love animals, right?

HANNA: I do love animals, but he is --

MORGAN: You must agree, this is a particularly ugly species.

HANNA: Yes, he is something. The warthog, you've asked for the warthog.

See the warts on his face there?

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: No, those warts, when this animal gets -- you can turn that way, Grant -- when he gets full grown, those warts gets all over his face and they always protect them when they fight sometimes.

Plus, he has his teeth, what you call teeth, Grant, like ivory, comes out of his mouth like two -- like two knives, all right, and those things are very important to help protect himself if a lion were to attack.

Like a lot of lions, a cheetah, for example -- MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: The warthog is a main source of food for these animals because the warthog spend 60 percent of life on his knees.

Usually, the warthog is always out there on his knees eating grasses and little tubers, all that kind of stuff.

But the warthog also is an important animal for other animals because this will --

MORGAN: How much milk do they drink a day?

HANNA: He's drinking a lot now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's weaned -- he's weaned actually.

HANNA: Yes

Now, look at the tail. You see that little tail?

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: That tail sticks take up like this -- Grant will show you -- when you go to Africa, if that animal does this and starts running, all the other animals, I don't care if it's giraffe or other animals around, zebra, or wildebeest, when they see this, they'll take off because they know the warthog has sensed something. They are very bright animals and they know when something bad is coming around.

Now, he is eaten by a lot of animals. He digs holes in the ground, the warthog and then, of course, the hyena comes in and eats him and takes over his hole.

So -- but they are an animal that people don't think they are very bright, but the hog or pig is an intelligent creature. These animals are.

MORGAN: Extraordinary. OK.

HANNA: See those warts there -- warthog.

MORGAN: Next, a couple of the cutest little critters, you'll ever see. Jack is about to bring those out.

But, first, another of his animals close encounters -- with a Malaysian cobra.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They are really attracted to movement -- you can see how they strike.

HANNA: The end of this snake show was just as amazing

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're going to catch now, huh? HANNA: You're going to catch him?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes

HANNA: Golly!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Wow

(END VIDEO CLIP)

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MORGAN: Back with Jack Hanna.

He is now turning setting my studio into a slice of Madagascar.

We've now been joined by these vast bear-like creatures.

What is this?

HANNA: Yes. This is a bearcat, or binturong.

I hope you can kneel. You can kneel here all because of the camera. I think you'll get a better shot here, that's great.

The bearcat or binturong -- of course, I'm going to ask who is that? This animal is what I call a wolverine -- we have a wolverine in this country, which is almost they say, pound for pound, one of the most fierce animals or whatever there is, the fearless animal in our country.

But this bearcat or binturong from Malaysia -- this tail right here Piers, is a prehensile tail. When he sits in trees, he hangs upside down but if that tail were to get around your neck, it can do you any in a matter of 30 or 60 seconds

MORGAN: Really?

HANNA: That's how powerful it is.

MORGAN: Wow!

HANNA: He would not do that, but this animal's got big teeth, his whiskers are there. They get much bigger than that. He's nocturnal in Malaysia. It lives in those incredible jungles over there. It feels with those whiskers in total darkness, to move around where he can't see.

The animal smells like popcorn. You noticed a second ago. He's felt like a -- we get so hungry.

MORGAN: He smells exactly like popcorn.

HANNA: I know and we get so hungry in the truck when we're driving around with him because he smells like popcorn.

But those claws can tear apart anything. Plus, remember you saw the cobra there?

MORGAN: You guys never get beaten or anything?

HANNA: Oh, yes, but then again, they're raising animals. They know that these are wild animals, you know. But for educational purposes, we want to bring them on, especially the honor of coming here to your show tonight, to teach people about these creatures and about animals.

Some people say, oh, they just shoot the animals. They might eat chickens or something.

But if every -- the Good Lord created creatures for a certain reason, and these animals is one of the most spectacular. It's --

MORGAN: It's amazing.

HANNA: They call it a bearcat because he feels like a bear.

Have you ever touched a bear?

MORGAN: No.

HANNA: Oh, that's stupid.

MORGAN: No, it's sensible.

HANNA: Yes, but it's called a bearcat because this guy looks like a cat and part bear.

But not many people have ever seen a bearcat or binturong.

MORGAN: It's an amazing creature.

HANNA: Thank you so much.

MORGAN: OK, thank you very much.

Next we have I think --

HANNA: This is a palm civet.

MORGAN: Oh, a palm civet, OK

HANNA: I don't know if you remember -- I don't if you remember the SARS of East Asia --

MORGAN: Now, all I know about the palm civet is it's droppings are used to fertilize coffee. Is that right?

HANNA: How you know all that?

MORGAN: Someone told me that.

HANNA: Yes. He eats the coffee beans, right. It goes in his stomach, through his intestines, out on the ground with a film a coating on it, right

They take it and bake it and sell it for $500 a pound, palm civet coffee.

Can you imagine that?

MORGAN: It's extraordinary.

HANNA: Yes, supposed to be medicinal, help you -- but I don't think it can help me.

But this animal here is also -- if you remember the SARS disease -- you remember about 10 years ago in Asia, it killed some people -- SARS?

MORGAN: Yes, SARS, yes.

HANNA: All right, also in Canada. This is the animal that causes SARS disease.

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: Not this animal, this species of animal.

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: Because it's a delicacy in Asia. It sells for 200 bucks in a restaurant.

They also used fur, they also use underneath the armpit -- there are scent glands, they use of perfume back in the early, like 1940s and '50s

But the animal also loves -- as I told you before, just like the other one, loves to eat cobras as well.

This little creature here can eat a king cobra.

How does he do that?

Real quickly -- the cobra is like this. When a cobra strikes at you, he goes like this. It's not like a rattlesnake, hit you with toothy fangs. He'll go like this, right

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: And you can predict it. So this animal comes down on the ground, starts walking around the cobra. So the cobra is like this, kind of get him like and then all of a sudden this little creature, runs around the cobra like this, right and the cobra goes like this, trying to follow him.

The cobra gets so dizzy, he falls over. He bites the cobra's head off --

MORGAN: No! HANNA: It's funny but it's not funny for the cobra.

MORGAN: This is unbelievable.

HANNA: Yes, that's how it kills it.

MORGAN: It makes it go round and round and so it gets dizzy and rolls over.

HANNA: Yes, exactly. How would nature know that? But he knows how to do that.

MORGAN: How extraordinary.

MORGAN: Yes. So when you hear of the palm civet again, you remember where the bearcat was from, that's where this one is from, here.

MORGAN: Amazing.

HANNA: And this animal here is one you heard about-- this, Piers, is the Siberian lynx.

MORGAN: All right. Easy.

HANN: You'll hold him -- you'll told him

MORGAN: You're just holding him a bit loose there, for my liking. You know, in case he decides to --

HANNA: Jump on him.

MORGAN: OK.

HANNA: This animal here, I'm sorry to say, some of the species of the animal was declared extinct in the wild about a year ago.

Now we don't see these animals in our lifetime, they were declared extinct in the wild.

The Siberian lynx is doing pretty good in the zoos. This animal lives in altitudes to get in that part of the world, way high up. These also hunted for his coat. Now, he sees himself in that monitor at there --

MORGAN: Yes. It has.

HANNA: Now, we see something there.

MORGAN: He's seeing me at the moment

HANNA: Now, he's --

MORGAN: By the look of it.

HANNA: But this animal also -- MORGAN: There's hunger in his eyes.

HANNA: If you if you guys can focus on his back foot here is second. I don't know if you can see that.

There's this back foot right here or right in here, you see how flat this back foot is? Let me show you here or the side there. Yes this side right here, perfect.

Oh yes, right in here.

You see that, Piers? You see --

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: The flat foot there?

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: This animal runs on the whole back part, not on the pad, this whole back part -- this whole, right here. This whole thing here, everybody, that's what he runs on -- the whole back thing that like a snowshoe.

If he runs on the pad --

MORGAN: Yes, amazing

HANNA: It's like a snowshoe, if he runs on this --

MORGAN: At least he can run flat on that.

HANNA: Exactly, because we invented the snowshoe but really it was invented thousands of years ago by this animal because he would sink in the snow.

This animal here, though, again, was hunted for their coat and now that's now longer the case because they are so few, they can't locate each other. And it's a beautiful -- the lynx, if you could see this toe here.

MORGAN: It is beautiful, yes.

Now we have the --

HANNA: He can jump on you if he wants to.

(CROSSTALK)

MORGAN: Just consider the answer to every one of your questions would be no.

This is the ring-tailed lemur.

HANNA: Yes, the lemur is interesting. The lemur is a pre- simian. That means pre-monkey and pre-ape. Can you imagine how long this animal has been on this planet?

Pre-monkey and pre-ape. Look at the little hands here. See the hands. Look at these hands.

Just like your hands. Isn't that amazing?

You can imagine the tens of thousands --

MORGAN: That is amazing. Look at that.

HANNA: It is only from Madagascar. The animal is only from Madagascar. That's where he lives. They lives in families.

MORGAN: But they are human hands?

HANNA: Oh, yes, exactly. And he lives they are like --

MORGAN: He's got my notes?

HANNA: Well, I'm sorry. Is that your notes?

(LAUGHTER)

HANNA: But he's also marking your notes. He has little scent glands under here he marks his territory with.

And his tail is not a tensile tail. He can't hang by it but it weighs less than --

MORGAN: All right.

HANNA: No, no, come here

We call him Larry the lemur.

(LAUGHTER)

MORGAN: Coming up, more animals.

But, first, Jack Hanna's number one of top five close encounters.

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HANNA: I stepped in for a closer look, when suddenly

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: God --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh my --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whoa! Whoa!

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MORGAN: We're back with Jack Hanna and me, Crocodile Morgan.

And we've saved the best for last here.

This lizard is fantastic.

This is got the longest tongue have ever seen in my life.

HANNA: This (INAUDIBLE).

What he's doing Piers, his --

MORGAN: I could see his tongue.

HANNA: Yes, but right now, what's happening is, he feels your body temperature.

MORGAN: Right.

HANNA: That's what he's picking up, the warm heart --

MORGAN: Is he feeling that I'm hot --

HANNA: Yes, exactly. Exactly. That's what he's doing.

MORGAN: So, he feels my warm-blood --

HANNA: Exactly, that's what he picks up the particles --

MORGAN: What's that tongue doing?

HANNA: That's what he's doing. Feel the warm particles coming off you with that tongue.

MORGAN: What it's going to do to him?

HANNA: Well, then, he might want to --

MORGAN: What?

HANNA: Just get something to eat.

MORGAN: How?

HANNA: Just bites you.

MORGAN: What does a lizard do?

HANNA: He just bites you, but don't worry about that, because he knows you're too big. The point is --

(CROSSTALK)

HANNA: Komodo Dragon, right?

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: These animals, the bite is usually lethal. I'm talking about 95 percent. Not venomous because the bacteria in their mouth is what cause it.

Like the Komodo Dragon can bite something, like a little deer or something, run away for a week and he will track that animal down just by following the blood, and he'll find it dead because the bacteria in these animals is incredible.

This is the Asian water monitor. Not like, the monitor lizard we have in Africa, which is bigger. This one here lives in water and they have like a little serrated teeth up in there for the animal tongue -- I don't know why he's picking up on you, not me. But you must be hotter than me or something.

But that is the Asian water monitor, one of the biggest lizards in the world. I want to show you that.

MORGAN: Remarkable creature.

OK

HANNA: He is.

MORGAN: Now we're down to the final two.

This is the kinkajou.

HANNA: Now the kinkajou or the honey bear, will keep them over here.

The kinkajou or honey bear

MORGAN: That's a sweet little thing.

HANNA: Yes but he lives in the rainforest of central South America. They only usually gets to about three times the size.

They are nocturnal as well.

Now the kinkajou also has a prehensile tail. It gets actually into bees' nests.

It's called a honey bear as well

MORGAN: How does a nice cuddly little like this survive in the wild?

HANNA: Where they are a lot of them obviously by snakes and our birds of prey, whatever it might be.

MORGAN: But every day must be like a (INAUDIBLE).

HANNA: Yes, sure is. And this little creature here by the way actually can turn green and the reason is algae grows on their fur, if we can go and picking algae -- here it is -- algae will grow on his fur and on his back and he looks like big blob of moss in the jungle. But actually bees -- when he gets big is, his coat is so thick that the bee cannot penetrate that fur, when they attack him when he's eating the honey.

MORGAN: Now here is, this is our final one. I like --

(CROSSTALK)

MORGAN: What is he doing?

HANNA: It's just a little dirt. That's not going to --

MORGAN: You're sure?

HANNA: Yes. I swear. It's not -- this is called a --

MORGAN: It's not having a --

HANNA: No, no, it's not. It's dirt he lives in. It's a Bufo marine toad.

This is the marine toad. It came over from South America. We brought it in here to control the rodents in the sugarcane fields of Miami, like in south Florida and Australia.

The problem is, the sugarcane toad came back so fast like mice. This right here are neurotoxic glands, you see that?

That's neurotoxic poison. So sometimes dog eat them. They won't survive because it's neurotoxic poison.

He blows himself up like this to defend himself.

See that?

MORGAN: Yes.

HANNA: He should explode all over your face in seconds.

MORGAN: What?

HANNA: No. He, won't, he won't. He won't.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNA: This is a beautiful toad.

This is a Harvey the toad. His my buddy.

MORGAN: Harvey the toad.

HANNA: Sometimes Harvey stays in tubs as well.

MORGAN: Fantastic

HANNA: Yes.

Oh my God! What this?

HANNA: Yes.

Just stay over here, Grant

GRANT: Go over where?

HANNA: Here to keep his head over this way. That's fine

MORGAN: Whoa!

HANNA: You remember we talked about the anaconda?

MORGAN: This is an anaconda?

HANNA: You saw that one that almost bit me there in the --

MORGAN: You've got an anaconda wrapped around your neck, are you mad?

HANNA: No, no. The anaconda -- they have about 200 teeth shaped like fishhooks, all right?

And, by the way, the snake here, if this was to bite you -- now remember this, in case this ever happens to you.

If it bites you like this, right, it cannot let go. It takes about 30 minutes to relax its jaw muscles like this and then it can let go.

So, if you're hiking somewhere -- I'm serious about this and a boa constrictor or a python or an anaconda bite you, what you do, Piers, you sit there, Piers.

MORGAN: No, no, Jack

HANNA: No, no, you sit there.

MORGAN: Oh, no.

HANNA: No, he's not going to do any right now.

MORGAN: What is he doing right now?

HANNA: He's just smelling you right now.

MORGAN: What's that mean?

HANNA: He just feels your --

MORGAN: Is ready to kill or what?

HANNA: No. What he does Piers, remember something -- this snake here gets to be almost 25 to 30 feet long in the wild. He's a water snake. These have live babies.

A python is from Asia and Africa. They lay eggs.

MORGAN: Does the anaconda constrict like the python?

HANNA: Yes, exactly. Because once they bite --

MORGAN: Why does around your neck?

HANNA: Because he can't kill any knows that. Because his snake knows he can't kill this guy.

MORGAN: Why?

HANNA: Because he's just too big.

But they could easily take down a small child.

MORGAN: You say it knows it can't kill him?

HANNA: This animal knows. They just is an animal, he doesn't know he's a human. He knows he's an animal too big to eat. So he's not going to bite him.

Plus, he works animal education all the time.

MORGAN: How much does this comes down to trust?

HANNA: Trust?

Now, you don't trust. You know, you -- as far as trust, this guy here has to know what is animals are.

MORGAN: And you ever trust these wild animals in the end?

HANNA: Now not necessarily trust --

MORGAN: And he will do what comes naturally?

HANNA: (INAUDIBLE)

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MORGAN: Jesus Christ!

HANNA: Yes. They'd kill and that's what it comes down to --

MORGAN: Never have I ever wanted to end this show more than I do right now.

OK.

You know what, Jack?

HANNA: We'll be back. It's been a pleasure.

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MORGAN: It's been a pleasure

I'm sure it has really. It's been an experience.

HANNA: I'll shake your hand.

MORGAN: Jack, it's been fascinating.

Well, thanks to Jack Hanna and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Wild. Tune into Jack Hanna's "Into the Wild" and Jack Hanna's "Wild Countdown."

That is all for us tonight.

I'm going to have a cold shower.

Good evening.