Turtle Back Zoo’s groundhog sees his shadow

According to rodent, we can expect six more weeks of winter

Photo Courtesy of Essex County
Essex Ed, far right, Turtle Back Zoo’s resident groundhog, predicted six more weeks of winter on Feb. 2 with the help of, from left, Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and animal keeper Tamara Myhar.

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex Ed, resident groundhog at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2. The Groundhog Day legend states that if the groundhog sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter weather. In addition, Essex Ed predicted that the Atlanta Falcons would defeat the New England Patriots in this year’s Super Bowl, according to the county.

“I prefer warmer weather, so I’m a little disappointed in Essex Ed’s prediction. I was really hoping for spring weather to arrive early this year,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. said in a press release.

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