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article imageVIDEO: Bear seeks refuge from heat in California swimming pool

By Greta McClain     Sep 17, 2014 in Odd News
Sierra Madre - As thousands of residents in southern California attempt to escape the stifling heat plaguing the area, wildlife are also seeking refuge from the triple digit temperatures, prompting a bear to take a dip in one neighborhood pool.
Late Sunday afternoon, Thomas See looked out the window of his Sierra Madre home and found he had a guest lounging in his pool. The guest wasn't a friend, family member or even a neighbor however, it was a large black bear.
See recorded the bear's visit, watching as it lounged on the steps at one end of the pool before slowing swimming to the other end. The unusual guest spent approximately 15 minutes in the pool before leaving according to the Los Angeles Times.
Bears are often seen searching for food on trash day in the San Gabriel Valley area, but See said this this the first he has found a bear swimming in his pool.
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, there are an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 black bears in California.
Temperatures in the area have reached near triple digits for several days, with Sunday's recorded high reaching 103F (39.4C). An excessive heat warning was extended for the area as moisture from Northern Mexico was expected to bring heat index values to critical levels according to the National Weather Service.
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