Rescued Baby Toucan!


– I’m Coyote Peterson and this
is baby Toucan feeding time. Watch this… (bird squawking) (energetic music) (moves to bouncy music) – [Voiceover] The Alturas
Wildlife Sanctuary has a very clear mission when it comes to Costa
Rica’s wild animals that are in need of help. Rescue, rehabilitate and
ultimately release them back into their
natural environment. But what about the animals who
cannot make a full recovery? (bird squawking) Located in the coastal
town of Domincal, Alturas also calls itself home to nearly 50
permanent residents. These animals cannot be
released back into the wild because of disability or
severe over domestication. And while some of these
permanent residents are covered in fur. – It’s sloth feeding time. – [Voiceover] Many are
actually of the feathered kind. So this morning I will be
sitting down for breakfast with one of their newest
additions, a baby toucan. – This is the real
Froot Loops right here, this is fresh cut fruit and what I’m about to do is
feed it to a baby toucan. It smells really good,
this looks like something that I would eat for breakfast. So I have a feeling
that this toucan is absolutely gonna love it. Oh boy, here he comes. Look at that! That is a baby toucan. I have never seen
one of these before. That is so amazing, you
look like a little dinosaur. Look at that curious head. Look what I’ve got. Now if I was a mama toucan, I would come in with some
fruit just like this. There you go. He’s eatin’ the spoon. Look at that beak,
quite the chomper. Here we go, coming
in, coming in hot. There we go. And although it’s a juvenile, that beak could still give
me a pretty good chomp so I wanna keep my
fingers away from there that’s why I’m using a spoon. Here you go. – [Voiceover] When fully grown, the toucans bill can be
nearly seven inches in length and will continue to
evolve in coloration being a mix of red,
orange and green. – I’m just like a mama bird, gotta get that
way down in there. Okay. – [Voiceover] Have you
ever fed a toucan before? – I have never fed
a toucan before. There’s a first
time for everything. Did you know that Froot Loops
is actually my favorite cereal and as a kid I used
to love Toucan Sam. So hanging out today
with this baby toucan, getting to feed it
real fruit loops is a pretty cool experience. Oh, give me back the spoon! He’s tryna eat the whole spoon! (bird squawking) We’ve got all kinds
of good stuff in here. We’ve got cantaloupe and
pineapple and banana. (Coyote squawks) There you go, you got
some of it on your beak. Look at those eyes, look at
how big and buggy his eyes are. And without the feathers
fully developed on the neck you can see the curve
of that vertebrae. Look at the feet. You see that? You know what it looks like, reminds me of a
baby pterodactyl. – [Voiceover] These birds have what is known as zygodactyl feet with toe sets facing
in opposite directions. This foot structure, with
two toes in the front and two toes in the back, allows them to easily maneuver in the lush rain
forest canopies. – And a baby toucan of this
size obviously up in the trees it’s very important
that he uses these claws to keep himself in the nest
and on the tree branches. Now this baby toucan
eats four times a day and quite a bit of food. Oh I know, I hear you. More, more, more, he says. You okay, here you go. It’s always nice
to have a friend over for a breakfast
conversation, and right now
we’re talking about what it’s like to
be a baby toucan. It’s a rough life if you
fall out of the nest. – [Voiceover] If a baby
toucan falls from the nest it’s almost certain to be
picked off by a predator. However, in the case of
this lucky little bird, it was found by a human
who did the right thing and brought it to the sanctuary. – Now hopefully this baby toucan will be able to be rehabilitated and eventually released
back into the wild. So we don’t want it to become
too acclimated to humans but it is important
that this bird does eat several times a day
to keep up its nourishment. You are one sloppy
eater, you know that? – [Voiceover] He
is a sloppy eater. – I think you’re getting
more of this fruit on the log than you
are in your mouth. (bird squawking) Aw, look at his little tail. Look at that little (mumbles) Want some more? Yes, that’s a good
breakfast isn’t it. This right here is the
breakfast of champions. Fruit for the
Froot Loops toucan. There you go. Oh, it’s like feeding
a baby dinosaur. (bouncy music) (bird squawking) – [Voiceover]
Because this toucan could not be
returned to its nest, it will be raised in captivity and will become a permanent
resident at Alturas. And whether you are
covered in fur or feathers each and every member of this
incredible family of animals is living a happy
and loved life. How awesome is that? Spending the morning
feeding a baby toucan. – I’m Coyote Peterson,
be brave, stay wild eat your breakfast, we’ll
see ya on the next adventure. – [Voiceover] The Alturas
Wildlife Sanctuary is constantly welcoming
new volunteers to help with the
rescue, rehabilitation and release of Costa
Rica’s beautiful animals. For more information on how you can become a
part of the team, visit their website:
alturaswildlifesanctuary.org. If you thought feeding
a baby toucan was cool, check out the time I had an apple eating contest
with a cassowary. And don’t forget, subscribe
to join me and the crew on this season of
Breaking Trail. – Whoa, did you
guys just see that? – [Voiceover] I’m gonna
say that was three seconds. – That cassowary literally just
swallowed that apple whole. (animal howling)

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