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.
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.
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.
But, now there's no middle ground. Are you #teamhedgehog or #teamgroundhog?
(Image via The Oregonian)