If you’re feeling a little put out by the grounghog’s prediction of six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day last Friday, never fear, you can go with Oregon Zoo resident FuFu the hedgehog’s prognostication, instead: She sees an early spring in our future, KPTV reports (tinyurl.com/FuFuPhil). The little hedgehog is pictured, courtesy of KPTV.
“Groundhogs like Punxsutawney Phil are relative newcomers to the game,” animal curator Tanya Paul noted. “According to folklore, the Europeans who originated the tradition originally used hedgehogs. When they immigrated to the U.S., they realized their new home didn’t have hedgehogs, so they turned to the groundhog out of necessity. But FuFu is bringing the holiday back to its origins.” Take that, Punxsutawney Phil.