Punxsutawney Phil did not see its shadow and an early spring is upon us.

In a comical twist, other animals are being thrown into the prediction business and Staten Island’s groundhog Chuck is now claiming the 49ers will win the Superbowl. Whatever.

Today’s online New York Times City Room section features an article on NYC groundhogs with a picture of a Greenwood Cemetery groundhog taken by Marie last year, and one of mine from Staten Island, initially posted. Who knew. Rodents are in, leopards are out.

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