By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Although he never found his burrow, Oscar the groundhog tried his best.
His handlers at the Tupelo Buffalo Park say his prediction is the same as Punxsutawney Phil’s: six more weeks of winter.
Oscar has been underground since October, coming up only to return his food bowls for more food, said Katherine Brunson, Oscar’s favorite zookeeper at the park.
It was cloudy and rainy on Sunday morning, and Oscar didn’t seem to care for it. He tried to find a hole in his area for a few minutes, and finally dived underneath a big pile of hay as soon as Brunson placed some in his area.
“Oscar tried to dig his hole back in, so it’s six more weeks of winter,” Brunson said.
Oscar, 3, has been predicting the weather as long as he’s been alive. His first prediction was correct, while his second was not.
Punxsutawney Phil predicted a long winter on Sunday morning in Pennsylvania.
According to legend, if it’s cloudy, the groundhog will stay outside and therefore predict an early spring; if it’s sunny, he’ll see his shadow and retreat to his burrow, meaning winter will stick around for six more weeks.
The celebration of Groundhog Day began with the Germans, Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers.