Groundhog Ignores Bribe; Predicts Winter

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, Feb. 2 (UPI) — Even a bribe of veggies and nuts couldn’t induce a groundhog in a Russian zoo to interrupt its winter nap Tuesday to predict a possible end to winter.

Officials at the Limpopo Zoo in Nizhny Novgorod, in their version of Groundhog Day, tried to see what its own groundhog, Olesya, would forecast: six more weeks of winter or six weeks until spring, Russian news agency RIA Novosti said.

“According to her forecasts, we should expect six more weeks of winter — because she did not want to leave her burrow,” a zoo spokeswoman said, leaving the question of whether she would have seen her shadow unanswered.

Last year Limpopo workers failed to get a weather forecast from the zoo’s groundhogs — because they’d rather hibernate than hazard a guess on Groundhog Day.

For the record, Pennsylvania’s groundhog prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil, did go outdoors (with human help) and did see his shadow — forecasting another six weeks of winter.

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