Yesterday was an unusually warm Spring day with temperatures in the low 80s in some areas.
Over at the San Diego Zoo, it was a pleasant 73°F, but after the recent rains and cold spell, some of the animals apparently were not prepared for the warmer weather.
I went over to check on Polar Bear Plunge, due to reopen on March 26 after extensive renovations, and found a Sichuan Takin, still with its winter coat, getting a little warm but finding a way to cool off:
I had stopped to take some pictures when this guy walked into the water and just stood there for about five minutes, obviously enjoying the cool water on his feet.
The Sichuan Takin (Budorcas taxicolor tibetana) is native to Tibet and China and is basically a goat-antelope. They are endangered in the wild due to habitat destruction and hunting. Not much is known about them due to inaccessibility in their native countries.
The Sichuan Takin is one of four subspecies of the Takin, the others being the Golden Takin (B. taxicolor bedfordi), the Mishmi Takin (B. taxicolor taxicolor), and the Bhutan Takin (B. taxicolor whitei). The Golden Takin is believed to be the source and inspiration for the golden fleece in Greek mythology.
If you're thinking about changing brokers, starting a new office, starting a new service, or anything that you've never done before, sometimes it's okay to just go ahead and get your feet wet.