Honolulu, Hawaii 2020-10-31 22:37:30 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — No “booing at the zoo” for this Halloween — Another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic — KHON2 wanted to visit some of the more unique inhabitants of the Honolulu Zoo.
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They certainly have more than just a handful of animals that fall into the Halloween category.
“Makamae — a Native Hawaiian owl or pueo. Honolulu Zoo’s bird keeper, Nakasone Geron, came to the park as a young bird in 2016 and decided that it couldn’t be released due to a number of problems.
Respected rather than afraid, Pueo is known as the Guardian of his ancestors or Aumakua. They are rarely seen, but it is believed that one is lucky to fly over you.
“They are mainly found on Kauai and Big Island. In fact, more here on Oahu if more conservation efforts can be undertaken to help these people breed better. You can get sighting information. “
Unlike most owls, pueos are more active during the day. He will give you a delicious treat on this day.
“We feed him chicks, mice, and grounded birds of prey with nutrients and vitamins,” Nakasone explained.
While Macamae was still accustomed to people, the next friend came out and played. In fact, he was really curious.
“This is George the Burmese python,” introduced reptile expert Kale Taylor.
George was someone’s pet and turned out to be illegal in Hawaii. Fortunately, he arrived at the zoo.
“He’s grown a lot since he came here,” Taylor said. “That is, he is about 10 feet long and weighs about 65 pounds.”
Taylor says he eats mice and rabbits. We weren’t fans of his diet, but George was friendly. His roommate? It’s hard to say.
“There are giant salamanders and frogs,” Taylor listed. “There are also two types of tarantulas, so anyone with arachnophobia may want to check out.”
The pair you should definitely check: Grunt and Po. They are sisters of the porcupine who came to the Honolulu Zoo a few years ago.
“Contrary to popular belief, porcupines don’t throw quills,” said Sarah Haney of the Honolulu Zoo. “It’s become like a Hollywood movie. Porcupines aren’t scared, they’re actually very sweet.”
They are also very smart, like a couple of pets in a friendly family.
“I love working with these porcupines,” said Tyris Perreira of the Honolulu Zoo. “They look scary, but they are very smart and quick learners.”
They are not a threat, but it is best to stay in front of them.