....just go ahead and get your feet wet.

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My owner is a Marketing & Business Consultant in San DiegoYesterday 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:

Sichuan Takin at the San Diego Zoo

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.


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David Obbee
Obbee.com - Agoura Hills, CA

Russel: Thanks for sharing- I love the photo of the Sichuan Takin!  I've never heard of takins before- that's really interesting about the Golden Fleece.

Feb 17, 2010 12:51 AM #4
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Sounds like a great day for the Zoo Russel! Nice temperatures, can you send some of that warm weather this way? Hey you mean you were not one of the 49 States that got snow?? Great advice about getting your feet wet too!

Feb 17, 2010 01:01 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Russel, thanks for the animal lesson, as I have never heard of the Sichuan Takin, a very unusal looking animal. 

Feb 17, 2010 01:15 AM #6
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

I saw these the last time I was at the SD Zoo -Aren't they cool looking? I was captivated by their coats... beautiful animals. Didn't know about the golden fleece connection.


Feb 17, 2010 02:42 AM #7
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thought you were going to say..."Just hire any old goat to do the job when you need to get your feet wet".

Always looking forward to your photos and words of wisdom.

Feb 17, 2010 03:06 AM #8
Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. - Naples, FL

Great shot of a great guy.  How lucky you are to be that close to the San Diego zoo; it would be a great place to unwind.

Feb 17, 2010 04:01 AM #9
Diane Osowiecki
Diane O and Friends - Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN
Greater Nashville Real Estate

I loved spending days and days at the San Diego Zoo.  One of my favorite places in the world...especially in the spring when all the babies come.

Feb 17, 2010 05:02 AM #10
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Russel, I do enjoy your informative posts on the animals at the San Diego Zoo!  I have never heard of the Sichuan Takin, prior to your post. 

Feb 17, 2010 07:09 AM #11
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Russel, One full day was not enough time at the San Diego Zoo.  What an absolutely wonderful place.  I would have been outside in a heartbeat enjoying that weather of yours!

Feb 17, 2010 10:56 AM #12
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

I love the San Diego Zoo and two days isn't enough to see everything! Thank you Russel, I can now see the beautiful animals you shoot with your camera and many times I feel like I'm right there with you!

Feb 17, 2010 01:32 PM #13
Tamara Perlman
Referral Network Inc. - Truckee, CA

Hi Russel--Great shot of the Sichuan Takin, quite an interesting beast.  Sounds like you are getting the same great weather down there... only we're not getting into the 70's and 80's in Tahoe yet!  But it's been beautiful this week!

Feb 17, 2010 05:25 PM #14
Tamara Perlman
Referral Network Inc. - Truckee, CA

The cat in the cereal box is a nice touch!  Just playing or did it eat the cereal too so it would have another place to sleep???

Feb 17, 2010 05:26 PM #15
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

I have not ever seen a "goat-a-lope" but proven fact if your feet are cooler...all of you cools off....and before you take the leap of faith...cool off...consider things calmly and then jump in with ALL your feet, not just toes in the water or you will never get all the benefit.

Feb 17, 2010 10:46 PM #16
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

I have never heard of this animal before.  What a great picture. 

Feb 18, 2010 07:05 AM #17
Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

Hi, Russel. It's almost spring here in Tennessee and, with the longer days, it's time for the horses to shed out. They roll in the mud, working the hair loose, so you can imagine what a mess it is for a few weeks. As they say, "The cleaner the horse, the dirtier the groom!"

Feb 18, 2010 07:25 AM #18
Guy Thomas
WR Starkey Mortgage - Colorado Springs, CO

That was a clever way to lead into your thought for the day. I have never seen one of these animals. they are really quite pretty.

Feb 18, 2010 03:48 PM #19
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Very cool... I have never heard of these critters.  Your zoo sounds wonderful!

Feb 19, 2010 06:14 AM #20
Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hey Russel, that animal looks like something off of star trek (the original show).  On a side note, you must have posed Zoey in that cereal box, right??

Feb 19, 2010 10:11 AM #21
Michael Gendreau
Edina Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
Edina Realty

I was at your zoo in 1973 great zoo.  I agree just get your feet wet

Feb 27, 2010 01:37 AM #22
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Folks.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

I never have to pose Zoey the Cool Cat. Like someone famouse once said, "You can't make this stuff up."

I have read all the comments, but since this post is rather old, rather than making comments here in my post to each and every one of you, I'll just let everyone know that I have read all the comments and if there are any questions, I'll answer those below. Otherwise I'll simply post this comment and then head over to your blogs soon to visit and do some reading and commenting. I hope you'll have a nice welcome mat out for me!

Don't forget to let your cat come out to play with all the other ActiveRain kitties. Your cat-friendly dogs can come, too!

If you need a great cat book, get yourself a copy of Peg Silloway's The Cat Lover's Book of Days.

Hope all is well with everyone.

Mar 27, 2010 01:57 PM #23
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