America's Sexiest Vet Wrestles with Exotic Animals

Exotic animal specialist Dr. Evan Antin was recently named People magazine's "sexiest beast charmer." Dr. Antin, who has worked as a part-time model and a physical therapist, brings some of his favorite exotic creatures to The Doctors' stage.

"I've been lucky with primates, and primates can be frightening, don't get me wrong. I haven't had too many bad encounters with them," Dr. Antin says. "I just put out so much man pheromone, they get competitive about it."

Binturong

Binturong

  • Are often called "bear cat" because their faces look like a cats, and their bodies look like a bears, but they are not related to either animal
  • Have prehensile tails that are almost as long as their bodies and can act like a fifth hand
  • Can turn their ankles backwards so their claws can grip tress when they climb down head first
  • Live in tropical rainforests and jungles in Southeast Asia
  • Eat lots of fruit and help spread seeds, which helps replant the rainforest
  • Eat rodents, which helps keep the pest population under control

Source: The Animal Facts

Monkey

Capuchin Monkey

  • Live in Brazil and other parts of Latin America
  • Have long tails that can wrap about branches
  • Can jump nine feet
  • Communicate with others in their group by singing various calls
  • Are good at catching frogs and cracking nuts

Source: Rainforest-Alliance

Porcupine

Porcupine

  • Native to Asia and Africa
  • Are the third largest rodent in the world
  • Have quills that they shoot when they are in danger
  • Can grow new quills to replace old ones
  • Consume tree bark as well as twigs, leaves, plants and herbs
  • Are excellent swimmers and climbers

Source: BioExpedition

Lemur

Lemur

  • Native to the Island of Madagascar and the neighboring Comoro Islands
  • Known as prosimians, which means pre-primates
  • Females are dominant
  • Spend most of their time at the top of the rainforest canopy
  • Have opposable thumbs and big toes
  • Use teeth and extended "toilet claw" on second toe of their hind feet for grooming

Source: Lemurs.us

 

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