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NE, NW Groundhog Day predictions contradict

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Punxsatawney Phil may not have seen his own shadow in Pennsylvania early this morning, but the Oregon Zoo's African pygmy hedgehog did, indicating winter will last another six weeks.

Before an eager crowd the Oregon Zoo staged its own Groundhog Day, or Hedgehog Day, ceremony this morning with little Jabari, which means "brave one" in Swahili.

"Hedgehogs are the traditional weather-prediction experts," said zoo director Kim Smith, who oversaw the zoo's Hedgehog Day festivities.

Zoo officials admit that last year Jabari was wrong when he predicted spring would come early.  

However, officials also say that their critters' history of correct predictions is pretty much on par with Punxsatawney Phil's.  

Over the years, the zoo's hedgehogs have been accurate just under 38 percent of the time, while Phil's, according to records from StormFax Weather Almanac, is closer to 39 percent.

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