Groundhog Gordy doesn't see shadow, early spring for Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County Zoo’s resident groundhog, Gordy, took part in the Groundhog Day ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 2. During the ceremony, he did not see his shadow – meaning an early spring for Milwaukee.
According to tradition, if it’s a sunny day and Gordy sees his shadow, he’ll return to his burrow for six more weeks of winter, but if he does not see a shadow … expect an early spring!
The ceremony with Gordy was held in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm, hosted by "Zookeeper Joe."
"Well I think it is safe to say that Gordy has not seen his shadow, so there will be an early spring for Milwaukee County," said County Executive David Crowley.
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Gordy was born in Indiana, and hand-raised. He’ll turn 4 years old on April 6. Keepers comment Gordy has a "goofy and friendly personality," traits the animal staff hoped for when he was acquired by the Zoo.