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Friday, Jul 19 2013 08:58 AM

'First Look': Meet the animals at CALM

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    California Living Museum zoo manager Lana Fain showed off Draco, a great horned owl, on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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A chuckwalla inched its way and a great horned owl swooped into the "First Look with Scott Cox" show Friday morning.

It was all planned -- the animals are ambassadors from the California Living Museum.

A chuckwalla is a large lizard native to California; simulcast host Scott Cox decided Friday's visitor should be named Jub-Jub.

Zoo manager Lana Fain said chuckwallas live in the desert, are rock-colored, and can inflate and wedge themselves in the crevices of rocks to protect themselves from predators.

They don't have teeth to speak of, but can pinch, Fain said, and have sharp nails. They move very fast.

"He's all leathery. He's kind of a cool little dude," Cox said as he held the creature.

Draco the great horned owl is about 11 years old, and can live another five to six years, Fain said. Great horned owls are extraordinary hunters, with top-notch sight and hearing, and can turn their head about 270 degrees.

Draco lives at CALM because he can't live on his own, but Fain said "if a bird can fly, it needs to fly."

Cox said, "God, that's a magnificent creature right there."

Fain promoted Twilight at CALM, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. every Saturday through August except for Aug. 24. Twilight at CALM visitors receive $1 off regular admission prices, and are eligible to win a family membership.

CALM is at 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. Visit calmzoo.org.


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