Jeff Musial gets wild on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ - VIDEOS
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • December 11, 2013 @ 10:43am
It’s a little shocking to me that Buffalo.com has never written about Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics owner Jeff Musial, who’s appeared on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” over 30 times in addition to his travels for Discovery Channel’s “Animal Planet.”
Musial’s from Buffalo, and he’s handling exotic pets on a national stage! How did we miss this?
Regardless, Musial—who planted his business here but now travels extensively to showcase his exotic pets—appeared with Fallon on the night before Thanksgiving. You’ll see two particularly fidgety otters, a rather clingy gibbon, an incredibly docile miniature donkey from Sardinia and yes, the star of the show, an Asian water buffalo.
As you can tell from the two clips, Fallon and Musial have a terrific—and quite comfortable—rapport, and it’s chuckle-worthy when Musial refers to his brother as a “jackass.”
If you’re keen on seeing Musial and his array of exotic stars in a family-friendly atmosphere, The Buffalo News reported that the Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics owner will haul along a cast of characters to First Night Buffalo, which is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo.
Tickets are $8 in advance at Wegmans, and then the cost rises to $10 at the door. To read more about the alcohol and drug-free party, you can read the Buffalo Place event listing here.
Rumor has it that Musial will invite a kangaroo to the New Year’s Eve gathering, so don’t hesitate to tweet at @JeffAnimalGuy with exotic animal questions.
If you’re curious as to how the exotic animals are acquired and treated, Musial’s website should reassure you:
The animal ambassadors of Nickel City Reptiles & Exotics are well trained, well fed and vet inspected. Our animals are loved and treated as part of our family, none have been taken from the wild. Animals arrive here from other educators, confiscation of unwanted pets or they are rescued from neglected homes. Nickel City Reptiles & Exotics is fully licensed with New York State D.E.C. and the Federal Government USDA.