Groundhog… Er, Prairie Dog Day at the El Paso Zoo
Who says you need a groundhog to pop out on Groundhog Day? The El Paso Zoo says our Prairie Dogs are the next best thing. Instead of Punxatany Phil on February 2, 2008, the El Paso Zoo called on Peekie Boo, the Prairie Dog to predict an early spring or a longer winter. If Peekie Boo saw his shadow - it's six more weeks of winter, but if it was cloudy and Peekie Boo did not see his shadow, winter is soon to end.
Peekie Boo the Prairie Dog's official forecast as read 2/2/08 at the El Paso Zoo Prairie Dog Mine:
Here Ye! Here Ye! Here Ye!
Welcome fine friends and esteemed guests.
We are gathered here At Prairie Dog Mine on this most austere Groundhog, er.. ah Prairie Dog day February 2nd, 2008 - Because who says you have to have a Ground Hog to forecast the weather? We in the Southwest Desert feel that Prairie Dogs are just as special as those pesky East coast Groundhogs. Peekie Boo, the Southwestern Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators, will rise to the call of Bob Gable, we hope, ye official prairie dog keeper of Ye ole El Paso Zoo. Bob? If we can Summon Peekie Boo and find out his prediction.
RIGHT: (Bob checks Prairie Dog)
After casting a weathered eye toward the thousands… well, a couple of his faithful followers here today, Peekie Boo has consulted with Bob Gable and directed him to the appropriate scroll, Bob can you read the proclamation:
YE OFFICIAL PROCLAMATION
"As I look around me,
a bright Southwestern sky I see,
and a shadow beside me.
Six more weeks of El Paso-Style winter it will be!"
Thank you ladies and gentleman and fellow prairie dogs, and we bid you good day.
RIGHT: El Paso Zoo Prairie Dog Assistants: Bob Gable, Liz Kern, Janelle Murphy, Veronica Alaniz, Tony Zydonyk
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