Wednesday, February 28th: Unusual Pets


WITH SUGAR GLIDERS IN A ROOSTER
NAMED CHICKEN NUGGET. [CYMBAL CRASHING]
KAREN: CHICKEN NUGGET IS NO
SPRING CHICKEN. AT 13 HE IS WAY PAST HIS PRIME
BUT HE STILL RULES THE ROOST.>>HE LITERALLY WILL CLIMB RIGHT
UP ON YOU AND JUST DON’T TO
SLEEP, AND HE IS COMPLETELY
RELAXED. KAREN: AND COMPLETELY SPOILED. THE JAPANESE BANTAM ROOSTER AS
DR. DIANE RICHTER WRAPPED AROUND
HIS LITTLE CHICKEN FINGER. DR. DIANE AND HER THREE SONS
ADOPTED NOT GET AS A DAY-OLD
CHECK. — DAVE-Y-OLD CHICK.>>HE USED TO COME TO THE
BACKDOOR EN CROTE AS THE BOYS
WERE WATCHING — AND CROW AS
THE BOYS WERE WATCHING TV.>>YOU ARE A GOOD GIRL.>>HER PATIENTS, HUMAN AND
FOUR-LEGGED, FIND THAT CHICKEN
NUGGET REDUCES ANY ANXIETY
DURING EXAMS. AND KIDS LOVE HIM. WELL, MOST OF THE TIME. I OFFER A HAND, TRYING TO GET
THIS ADORABLE 2-YEAR-OLD NAMED
BERNIE TO WARM UP TO NUGGET. PUT YOUR HAND ON, LET’S DO IT
TOGETHER. THERE YOU GO, GOOD JOB. ♪
KAREN: NOW THAT THEY ARE PALS,
BERNIE CAN HELP CELEBRATE
NUGGETS 13TH BIRTHDAY.>>HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. KAREN: HIS BIRTHDAY TREAT,
BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE. THE DESERT SAVE TO ME YEAR AGO
AFTER A HEALTH EMERGENCY.>>HE REALLY WASN’T RALLYING
AFTER A STROKE. AND I WENT TO GO GET HIM SOME
CHEESECAKE AND HE DOVE INTO THAT
CHEESECAKE AND BY THE NEXT DAY
HE WAS FEELING BETTER. KAREN: PET CHICKENS TYPICALLY
LIVE SEVEN TO NINE YEARS. DR. DIANE CALLS EACH DAY NOW A
GIFT AND SAYS CHICKEN NUGGET HAS
BEEN THE PERFECT PET. HE LETS TO TAKE NASS WITH
YOU. HE LOVES TO BE HELD. HE ACTUALLY RELATE YOU KNOW WHEN
HE HAS TO GO TO THE BATHROOM. HE WON’T SOIL ON YOU. HE CLUCKS A CERTAIN WAY AND
YOU HAVE TO PUT THEM BACK IN THE
CAGE. HE IS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME BIRD. ♪
KAREN: TINY LITTLE EYES PEERING
OUT OF SOFT WARM POUCHES, SUGAR
GLIDERS ARE NOCTURNAL, BUT THAT
SOUND
[CRUNCHING SOUND] IS ENOUGH TO WAKE THEM ANYTIME
OF DAY.>>THEY LEARN THAT SOUND REALLY
FAST. SO, YOU WILL FIND THAT WHEN I
SHAKE THE TIME THEY WILL COME
UP. KAREN: LOUISE FOR ROBBERY HOUSES
40 SUGAR GLIDERS AT HER HOME IN
FARMINGTON.>>THESE TWO ARE SISTERS. HI. KAREN: MANY ARE FAMILY PETS BUT
SHE’S ALSO A BREEDER AND PUT
SOME UP FOR ADOPTION.>>I LOVE THEM. IT’S REALLY HARD TO DESCRIBE. THERE IS JUST SOMETHING MAGICAL
ABOUT THEM. KAREN: SUGAR WAS HER FIRST.>>THAT’S MY ORIGINAL GIRL,
SUGAR. KAREN: MARSUPIALS WILL BOND WITH
THEIR OWNERS BUT YOU HAVE TO PUT
IN THE WORK. IT’S LIKE TRAINING A PUPPY AREA
— TRAINING A PUPPY.>>THEY WILL GO IN YOUR POCKETS,
THEY WILL GO WHEN YOU’RE AT,
THEY WILL GO DOWN THE SHIRT. MY GIRL QUEENIE, THAT IS HER
FAVORITE PLACE. KAREN: GLIDERS ARE EXTREMELY
SOCIAL SO IT IS BEST TO PAIR
THEM UP. SOPHIE AND CHAMOIS ARE NEW
PARENTS, AND DAD IS ULTRA
PROTECTIVE.>>HE WILL POP UP AND GO, WHAT
ARE YOU DOING WITH MY LITTLE
GUY. AND IF YOU PUT THE BABY BACK, AS
THE BABY GOES BACK AND HE WILL
WRAP THE BABY’S TAIL AND PULL IT
BACK IN THE POUCH AND LITERALLY
TALKING MEN. IS SO ATTENTIVE — HE IS SO
ATTENTIVE BECAUSE HE’S LIKE THE
SWEETEST POP UP. HE IS SO CUTE. ♪
KAREN: AT NINE WEEKS THEY WILL
LEAVE MOM AND DAD. LOUISE THEN PAIRS THEM UP WITH
ANOTHER JELLY OR MAYBE SUGAR
GLIDER. THEY GET PLENTY OF EXERCISE IN
THIS CUSTOMER-BUILD PLAY ROOM. — CUSTOM-BUILT PLAY ROOM. [LAUGHTER]
LOUISE MAKES MOST OF THEIR TOYS.>>THE GLIDERS WILL PLAY WITH
THESE, THEY WILL PLAY WITH
THESE, BUT THEY ALSO LIKE TO
SLEEP IN HERE. KAREN: GLIDERS CAN BE NOISY
LITTLE CREATURES. THE PARKING, A SCIENTIST JELLY
IS SCARED.>>THE OTHER REASON THAT THEY
BARK, LIKE I SAID THEY ARE
REALLY INTELLIGENT AND LEARN
VERY QUICKLY THAT SOMETIMES IT
THEY PARK YOU WILL COME. KAREN: AND YOU HAD BETTER BE
CARRYING TREATS.>>ARE YOU GOING TO USE YOUR
HAND? THERE YOU GO. SUCH A GOOD BOY.

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