Posted January 2015
If the Milwaukee County Zoo’s resident groundhog, Wynter, sees her shadow on Monday, February 2 – then according to tradition – she’ll return to her burrow for six more weeks of winter. 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 Groundhog Day, February 2, 2015 and observe Wynter’s prediction. This year’s celebration will include a free raffle for sought-after Groundhog-themed slippers, hats, key chains and ear warmers. Students from the Milwaukee Montessori School will be joining in the celebration.
When 7-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.