- Posted July 25, 2014 by
Yucca Valley, California
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Cooling Off in 100+ Temps Tortoise/Black Tail JackRabbits
Summer has NOW ARRIVED...Yikes it is HOT! I went "downtown' Yucca Valley today & the temp showed 110... at about 6pm. I think it was 119 down in the Coachella Valley area today. Our local Weather Lady (Ginger) on the Channel 3 news in the Palm Springs area reminds us that the last 2 weeks of July and first 2 weeks of August are our Hottest time of year...then it will begin to cool down :) We are normally a more DRY heat up here in the high desert of SoCal, but this year we have had much more moisture in the air. We have also been told that we just might...just might have a bit of RAIN on Saturday. Fingers crossed here, to help with the awful drought we are in!
Arnold (the Tortoise) is getting to know his new 'digs' (story last week) so I took some more pics & video today while he was lounging in the pool. We make a point to put him in the pool at least once a day & he will sometimes walk in himself. Today when I put him in he STAYED & STAYED....I would say about 15-20 minutes. You can see in the photo he was relaxing with his head on the side of the pool...too cute! It's important to keep him hydrated, which they do through their body & tail. Of course he also likes a good sip or 2 of water! I was watching him yesterday when he was in the pool & he actually put his completely under the water, as if he was washing the dust out of his face! Smart.
I also saw several young rabbits outside our wall & I am quite sure they are Black Tail Jackrabbits! Yeah, these are beautiful BIG rabbits when they are full grown. Look how tall the ears are already. The video shows one walking around & then I came back a few minutes later to see 2 more sitting in the shade of the wall trying to cool off! It's a bit hard to see them in the shade but look at the 2 sets of Tall Ears