Zoo Animals

Nov 20, 2012
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Giant Pacific Octopus Returns
Following in the footsteps (er, tentacles) of Caroline, meet Octavius, the new giant Pacific octopus at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Otter Surgery at the National Zoo
An Asian small-clawed otter needs surgery to have an almond-sized bladder stone removed. For the vets at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, that means taking all the necessary precautions to make sure everything turns out right.
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Nature's pincushion, porcupines can make anyone a little nervous. But at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, Jorge Ribas meets Clark, the Prehensile-tailed Porcupine, who's more interested in snacking then sticking anyone with his quills.
Zoo's DNA Lab Cracks Cases Like CSI
Researchers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's new genetics lab use animal DNA to diagnose new diseases, help in conservation efforts and solve mysteries. Jorge Ribas goes inside.
Missing Zoo Animals in Grave Danger
A tiger and two camels have been missing for the last four days and now zoo officials worry their live are at risk. Kasey-Dee Gardner spoke with Dave Salmoni about the incident.
Great Argus Pheasant
Tasty crickets in hand, Jorge Ribas meets the Great Argus Pheasant and her two new chicks.
Called the chameleons of the sea, cuttlefish can change their skin color and texture to both confuse their prey and hide from predators. At the Smithsonian's National Zoo, Jorge Ribas meets a few of these intelligent invertebrates.
Giant Prickly Stick Insect
Looking more like a dead leaf than a stick, the Giant Prickly Stick Insect is a master of camouflage. Jorge Ribas visits the Smithsonian's National Zoo to see the huge bug up close.
National Zoo Looks for Panda Pregnancy
Mei Xiang, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's female giant panda, gets her weekly ultrasound, as vets continue to monitor whether she's pregnant with her second cub. Jorge Ribas sits in on doctor visit.
Giant Pacific Octopus
The Giant Pacific Octopus is smarter than you might think. And at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, Jorge Ribas watches one use its wits - and many arms -to get a snack.
Aldabra Giant Tortoise
Meet Alex the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, a resident of the Smithsonian's National Zoo since 1956.
Hercules Beetle
The Hercules Beetle can lift the human equivalent of a 65-ton object. Jorge Ribas finds out what else the big bug can do.
Golden Lion Tamarin
With mouthfuls of mealworms, this family of Golden Lion Tamarins work for their food. Jorge Ribas hangs out with these curious monkeys.
Green Tree Python
Hanging in the trees, waiting for a tasty snack to stroll by is the Green Tree Python. Jorge Ribas slithers in for a closer look.
Giant Anteater
The Giant Anteater can eat 30,000 ants per day with its 2-foot-long tongue. Jorge Ribas finds out what else it can do.
National Zoo Keeps Animals Thinking
Food puzzles, habitat design and sensory training are just a few of the ways the Smithsonian's National Zoo enriches the lives of its animals. Jorge Ribas finds out more.
Poison Dart Frog
Jorge Ribas finds out just how deadly the poison dart frogs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo really are.
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
What do you get when cross a peacock, a praying mantis and a shrimp? A killer crustacean!
Caribbean Flamingo
Jorge Ribas finds out how the flamingo gets its pink color, and whether its knees really do bend backwards.
Rare Cranes Give Birth at National Zoo
A pair of endangered wattled cranes at the Smithsonian's National Zoo recently became parents. Jorge Ribas takes a closer look at the rare hatchling, the first ever born at the zoo. Originally filmed in March 2008.
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