Oregon Zoo's hedgehog gives signal to hunker down

Credit: Oregon Zoo/Deidre Lantz

Metro Council President David Bragdon holds out hedgehog Jabari to predict the seasons with zoo visitors.

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by Teresa Blackman

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Posted on February 2, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 12:48 PM

PORTLAND -- Forget Punxsutawney Phil, the Oregon Zoo's famous hedgehog made his own predictions about winter on Groundhog Day.

Jabari the hedgehog saw his shadow on Tuesday morning and predicted six more weeks of winter.

The spiny little creature, whose name is Swahili for "the brave one," ventured into the zoo's entry plaza and gave the signal alerting everyone to hunker down for six more weeks of winter.

Slideshow: Jabari the hedgehog

An interesting factoid - hedgehogs have actually been predicting winter much longer than the more famed groundhogs.

"The groundhog tradition began out of necessity when European immigrants to the United States found there were no hedgehogs in their new country. So our hedgehog here at the zoo is really more authentic. Not necessarily more accurate -- but more authentic," said Metro Council President David Bragdon, who oversees the zoo's Hedgehog Day festivities.

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