The two aren't really connected, except that we did both things today -- voted in the Municipal elections this morning, and walked around the zoo on a sunny, windy afternoon.
As a friend to the children commend me the Yak.
You will find it exactly the thing:
It will carry and fetch, you can ride on its back,
Or lead it about with a string.
-- Hilaire Belloc, "The Yak" (rest of the poem is here)