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Jessi answers more of your questions about animals! Poop, extinction guilt, and a surprise Steve.

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Hi guys.  Welcome back to Animal Wonders.  I'm Jessi and not only do I take care of 80 exotic animals but I also answer your questions on YouTube.  It's been a really busy week so I'm not at Animal Wonders right now, but I still wanted to make a video for you, so we're using Complexly's studios so I can answer your questions.

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First question comes from Victor, who asks, "If given the chance to bring back a single species from extinction, which would it be?"

That's a really good question.  There are some extinct animals that I'd like to bring back just because I feel guilty that humans killed them off and, I don't know, maybe I want to apologize to them and give them another chance, like the Carolina parakeet, which is a really sad story, but that's a terrible way to start an episode, so if I could pick an extinct animal to bring back just for fun, I think I'd bring back the microraptor.  They were tiny feathered dinosaurs with not two, but four wings.  They were like little gliding velociraptors.  I imagine them as beautiful but ferocious tiny dragons.

Okay, Carol Prince, @carolprince82, asks, "I absolutely love your appearances on SciShow Talk Show.  Have there been instances when the animal couldn't adjust to the different settings, bright lights, camera equipment, etc?  Is there a difference in the way you have to handle them in such close quarters?"

The animals that we rescue have a really important job to do.  After they get settled in, we start to establish a trust bond with them, and then we teach them how to be ambassadors for their species.  The most important thing they learn is that their crate is a safe place where they can go if they're feeling overwhelmed.  For most of the animals, their crate is also a place that has treats and a comfy place to lay down.  When the animals trust me and they have a safe, rewarding place to go wherever we travel to, they feel confident in most situations, even on a set with lots of bright lights and people behind cameras.  The only big difference in being on the Talk Show film set is that I'm sitting down on a chair or couch instead of standing in front of my table like I normally do during a public presentation.

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This does throw some of the animals off, but they often surprise me with their tolerance and ability to adjust to new situations.  Our next question comes from Lindsey Doe @elleteedee.  She asks, "Which animal's poop smells the worst?  What do you do with all the poop?"

Thanks for this very important question, Lindsey.  Of the animals we have at Animal Wonders, the worst smelling poop is a tie between Cas the arctic fox and Pearl the Colombian tegu.  Cas' poop smells like warm skunk spray, which is really gross.  It gives me a headache and Pearl's poop smells like deep swamp yuck, which is just awful, but I don't have to be around the poop for very long, because as soon as it's cleaned up, we bring it out to our compost pile to decompose and turn into fertilizer.  We made a video a few years ago about our compost and I sat on a big pile of poop.  

Alright, Alyssa Iulianetti asks us, "Is Augusto going to be featured in any more videos soon?  I enjoyed hearing his expertise about fish."  

For those of you who don't know, Augusto is my husband and co-founder of Animal Wonders.  He's been busy setting up some beautiful aquariums and when he gets some more time, I'd love to have him back on, so if you have any questions about fish for him, go ahead and leave them in the comments below.

Next question is from Caroline McLaughlin.  She wants to know, "How do you introduce "scary" animals like snakes to audiences that might have negative preconceptions of them?"

We never want to scare someone with our animals because we know that experiences that have strong emotions connected to them can create memories that last a lifetime, so to prepare an audience for an animal that might make them nervous, we give them tools to use to show their fear.  The most important thing is for them to feel in control of their situation, so we tell anyone who feels nervous to cross their arms across their chest as a clear signal that the animal we have should not be brought closer to them.  We respect their reactions and often, when we do show this respect, they feel more comfortable and might even ask to see the animal closer and even touch it.  

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