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Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM
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Did you know it's also Hedgehog Day?



Hedgehog day vs Groundhog Day

While we all look forward to Groundhog Day on February 2nd and the forecast for an early spring from the two greatest weatherhogs on the planet - Wiarton Willie in Wiarton, Ontario and Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the truth behind this 200 year-old tradition is oftentimes forgotten.

Long before the advent of Groundhog Day on February 2nd,  the Romans observed a similar event thousands of years ago on the exact same day. Rather than use the North American groundhog, the Romans used the hedgehog.

“If during hibernation, he (the hedgehog) looks out of his den on 2nd February and sees his shadow it means there is a clear moon and six more weeks of winter so he returns to his burrow.”

The only difference between this ancient event and the present day version (aside from the hedgehog, of course) is the fact that the Romans would look to see if the hedgehog saw its shadow under a clear moon at night.

Here in North America, where we have no indigenous species of hedgehog, we replaced the hedgehog with the native groundhog.  To this day “Punxsutawney Phil” and “Wiarton Willie” battle it out to see who is the better weather forecaster, but little do they or their handlers know that the original prognosticator of spring was a hedgehog.

The End


http://hedgehogcentral.com/hedgehogday.shtml

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM
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atlmom2
by Susie on Feb. 2, 2013 at 8:16 AM
Had no idea.
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wakymom
by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:38 AM

 Actually, I did know that- saw it in another group earlier : )

 

 

 

 

diaperstodating
by Angel on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:39 AM
I just saw it in another group to.
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drfink
by Emily on Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

 cool ,read it to everyone here.Thanks.

mumsy2three
by Shauna on Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

I didn't know this.

gonecrazi
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

 thanks for the info...

boys2men2soon
by Kimberly on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

I did not know!




02nana07
by Ida on Feb. 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

 THANKS for sharing I didn't know that

Barabell
by Barbara on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

I didn't know. Neat! 

fantasticfour
by Grumpy on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

That's cool

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