Video: Bear Takes The Day Off, Goes For A Dip In A Backyard Pool
An Arcadia resident spotted a bear lounging in a backyard pool Thursday morning. Some of the incident was captured in a video, which was then shared by the Arcadia Police Department.
In the video, the bear does a few strokes, takes a momentary break at the steps, then turns around for another lap. Talk about leisurely. There's also a basketball rim by the edge of the pool, though we haven't confirmed if the bear had also shot some hoops during his day off.
Lieutenant Tom Cullen of the Arcadia Police Department told LAist that the video had been submitted anonymously today to the department. He added that officers had not received a call about a bear—hopefully that means it had wandered back into the wilderness on its own accord.
The bear had good reason to take time to cool off, too: Arcadia topped off at 99 degrees today, and is expected to hit 100 tomorrow. Last week we reported that the nefarious "heat dome" phenomena was going to last till July 27, but it seems like the heat wave has decided to stick around a bit longer.
As noted by the Arcadia Police Department on their blog: "Bears are no strangers to the foothill neighborhoods and the likelihood of bears coming into yards, pools, and trashcans is increased during the warmer months." They also said, "DO NOT FEED the bears."
This wasn't the only recent incident in which a bear had taken a moment to chillax in a Southland pool. Last month a bear was spotted taking a dip at a La Cañada Flintridge residence.
To all you bears out there: we salute you, and may you keep reminding us humans that kickin' back is a thing of virtue.