Oregon Zoo's hedgehog sees shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter

Oregon Zoo's hedgehog sees shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter
Oregon Zoo Director Kim Smith holds a hedgehog on Feb 2, 2013. Traditionally the day for observing Groundhog Day, the hedgehog was actually the first animal used for predicting weather in Europe. © Oregon Zoo / Photo by Kathy Street.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Sorry, Punxsutawney Phil, but we’re not going to get an early spring after all.

The Oregon Zoo’s weather predicting Hedgehog, Jabari, saw his shadow on Saturday, which means Oregonians should expect six more weeks of winter.

“Hedgehogs are the traditional weather-prediction experts,” said zoo director Kim Smith. “The groundhog is actually a latecomer to the game. It was only when immigrants to the United States realized their new home didn’t have hedgehogs that they turned to the groundhog. Jabari is bringing the holiday back to its origins.”

Punxsutawney Phil, the famous weather predicting groundhog who was featured in the movie “Groundhog Day,” did not see his shadow Saturday.

So who’s right? Phil or Jabari?

“Last year, Jabari predicted an early spring, which was not all that accurate here in the Northwest,” Smith said. “But our hedgehog does have about the same success rate as Punxsutawney Phil.”