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Groundhog, Wynter

Posted January 2014

Will the Milwaukee County Zoo’s resident groundhog, Wynter, see her shadow Sunday, February 2? According to tradition, if it’s a sunny day and Wynter does see her shadow, she’ll return to her burrow for six more weeks of winter, but if she does not see her shadow, we can expect an early spring! Visit the Zoo’s Northwestern Mutual Family Farm, at 10:30 a.m., on February 2, to find out.

When 6-year old groundhog, Wynter, was found orphaned on a roadside at 5 weeks old, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, rescued and rehabilitated her. Wynter served as one of the museum’s hands-on educational animals for children.

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are the largest members of the squirrel family. They are good swimmers and can climb trees. In the wild, they eat grasses, plants, fruits and tree bark. During warm seasons, a groundhog can eat more than one pound of vegetation in one feeding.

Zoo visitors are invited to celebrate Groundhog Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo and watch as Wynter makes her weather prediction at the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm, at 10:30 a.m., February 2.