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Animals other than Punxsutawney Phil that will try to predict end of winter on Groundhog Day

Every February 2nd, America looks to a small town in central Pennsylvania to see if a tiny four-legged creature is seeing its shadow.

Folklore has it that if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter weather in the country.

This groundhog tradition is thought to have started in the 1800s and has been a staple of American culture for decades.

But since the system began, so-called animal forecasters have popped up across the country, all with the same goal: answering the age-old question: When will winter end?

fufu the oregon hedgehog

The Oregon Zoo says they will be watching to see if there will be an early spring or a long winter.

Fufu the hedgehog has only been making weather predictions in recent years, but folklore suggests that the tradition of relying on this pesky seer for weather analysis dates back centuries to Europe. .

Hedgehog FuFu has been making predictions for years in advance, as hedgehogs date back to old Europe and have been used for weather analysis for centuries. Oregon Zoo / YouTube

Europeans may have stumbled upon the animal kingdom’s most accurate prophet.

The zoo’s hedgehogs performed slightly better than Punxsutawney Phil, with an accuracy rate of about 53%.

Burrowing Owl in Florida

Residents of Southwest Florida say they are paying homage to the bird, which is common in the Sunshine State and other warmer regions of Central and South America.

Biologists say the burrowing owl is the smallest owl species in the state, but its predictions are consistently strong.

The Burrowing Owl’s predictions are consistently accurate, and Floridians rely on the owl’s shadow to tell them how many weeks of winter remain. Sailing Away – Stock.adobe.com

Floridians believe that if an owl sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.

However, keep in mind that late winter days in South Florida have low temperatures in the low 50s and highs in the low 70s, which isn’t too bad compared to other parts of the United States.

“This is our way of localizing the classic Groundhog Day event and making it our own,” said Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife Vice President Pasha Donaldson. “This event is also an opportunity to spread awareness and provide education about the Burrowing Owl.”

A groundhog predicting the weather with Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffith and co-handler Al Deleume at the 133rd Annual Groundhog Day Celebration at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. , holding Punxsutawney Phil. AP

Penny in Pisgalis, North Carolina

For a decade, people in Brevard, North Carolina, have relied on white squirrels to predict the weather.

Previously, Pisgah Pete was the center of attention, but his retirement means that Penelope Ella Catherine Elizabeth, also known as Pisgah Penny, will be surrounded by fanfare.

In addition to predicting the weather, this busy little squirrel also predicts who will win the next Super Bowl.

In addition to procrastinating North Carolina’s weather, Squirrel’s Pisgah Penny is also used to predict who will win the next Super Bowl. white squirrel research institute

Since this annual event began, the White Squirrel Institute said there has been a significant increase in white squirrel adoptions, making a significant contribution to supporting the wildlife center.

Klax Sutawney New York Chicken Henrietta

Since 2019, some New Yorkers have turned to chickens for help in deciding when to say goodbye to Old Man Winter.

Mascourt Farm, located in the town of Katonah, is home to several chickens, including the acclaimed Claxsutawney Henrietta.

This annual event is unique because winter predictions depend on when the birds lay their eggs, not on whether Henrietta sees her shadow.

If Claxsutawney Henrietta lays eggs during the ceremony, it means that the end of winter is near. Muskoot Farm / Facebook

Farmers say early spring will come if chickens lay eggs during the annual Groundhog Day ritual. Otherwise, New Yorkers will endure six more weeks of winter.

There’s no word on whether predicting spawning style is more accurate than looking at your own shadow figure. But when you’re tired of watching snowdrifts fill everything in your field of vision, anything goes.

Scramble the Ducks in Connecticut

Connecticut’s most notorious duck breeders believe they have an alternative to the most accurate weather-predicting groundhog on the planet.

Every year in Eastford, a small group of residents brave the cold morning temperatures for Scramble the Duck’s annual prophecy.

Connecticut says if you see your shadow in the scramble, it means there are six more weeks of winter. Scramble the Duck / Facebook

If Scramble sees his shadow, it means there will be six more weeks of winter in the area.

Organizers say their predictions were 100% accurate because ducks are smarter animals and more exposed to extreme weather than groundhogs.

Texas Bee Cave Bob the Armadillo

Texas has a unique way for residents to try to gain insight into whether spring will come early.

Outside of Austin, Bob the armadillo is the animal that everyone pays attention to in their annual prophecies.

Texas residents can use Bob the Armadillo to gain predictive insight to determine whether spring will come early. Texas Parks and Wildlife / X

Each year, animals are driven from Katy to Bee Cave for the crowds that attend the annual event.

Organizers say the animals aren’t always predictable, but the little guy is tough enough to withstand Texas’ frigid winters and summer heat.

Stumptown, Oregon Phil the Beaver

The groundhog-like animal that the people of Oregon look to to decide Old Man Winter’s fate is the beaver.

Stumptown Phil, also known as Philbert the Beaver, has been making prophecies from his home at the Oregon Zoo for many years.

This animal is so similar to a groundhog that Stumptown Phil makes a prediction from the Oregon Zoo. Oregon Zoo / YouTube

Animal experts say beavers differ from groundhogs in their tails and teeth.

This adaptation makes the animal well-suited for aquatic habitats, in contrast to groundhogs, which prefer better areas of dry land.

When it comes to the accuracy of his predictions, the zookeeper admits it might be better to rely on a certified meteorologist.

In 2020, Philbert predicted an early spring, but about a month after his prediction, the zoo had to temporarily close due to ice and snow.

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