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Hedgehog Makes Weather Prediction In Animal Meteorology Throwdown

Look out, Punxsutawney Phil. Whiskers J is calling your groundhog ass out.

In defiance of the long-standing Americanized custom of groundhogs making predictions of the upcoming six weeks of weather on February 2, The Oregon Zoo had one of its African pygmy hedgehogs make a weather forecast.

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And, in contrast to Phil seeing his shadow and bringing on six more weeks of winter, Whiskers J did in fact NOT see his shadow, meaning an early spring.

As if the contrary forecast is not enough, zoo staff added fuel to the fire:

Michael Illig, animal curator at the Oregon Zoo, says hedgehogs are 40 percent accurate over Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, who is only 39 percent accurate.

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SHIIIIIIIIIIT.

But, there is a point to this. The old Roman origins of Groundhog Day actually used the hedgehog. It wasn't until German immigrants came to America that the prevalent groundhog replaced the hedgehog.

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But, now there's no middle ground. Are you #teamhedgehog or #teamgroundhog?

(Image via The Oregonian)

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